Biomedical Writing, MS, Certificates - Curriculum & Duration

USciences is the only university that offers an MS degree (non-thesis) in Biomedical Writing. The curriculum is frequently updated to ensure that students are provided with a broad and relevant core curriculum and innovative elective courses. Our faculty are all active professionals in the medical writing field or allied fields.

The MS degree requires a total of 12 courses (8 of which are required, plus 4 electives), providing instruction in the basic skills all professional medical writers should have. Electives allow students to focus their interests on regulatory or nonregulatory writing.

Program Design

The schedule of courses meets the needs of working professionals living anywhere in the world with internet access. We offer courses during the spring, summer, and fall. You may complete the Master of Science or Certificate of Biomedical Writing part- or full-time. Classes are offered asynchronously or with synchronous elements (via webinar or other live online delivery methods). Synchronous course elements are held in the evenings or on weekends. Classes are small and average 6-10 students, which permits individual instruction and attention. You can take up to 12 credits before you'll need to matriculate.

Biomedical Writing, MS:

Course Number Course Name Credits
BW701 Professional Writing in Science 3 credits
BW703 Information Strategies for Biomedical Writers 3 credits
BW704 Regulatory Documentation Processes 3 credits
BW705 Biostatistics for Biomedical Writers 3 credits
BW706 Ethical and Legal Issues in Biomedical Communication 3 credits
BW860 Research in Biomedical Communication 3 credits
BW890 Graduate Research Project I 3 credits
BW891 Graduate Research Project II 3 credits
  Elective courses (minimum of 12 credits) 12 credits
  Total Biomedical Writing, MS Requirement 36 credits

Marketing Writing, Certificate:

Course Number Course Name Credits
BW701 Professional Writing in Science (Required) 3 credits
  Elective courses, choose 3 9 credits
BW703 Information Strategies for Biomedical Writers 3 credits
BW709 Promotion of Biomedical Products: Regulatory Considerations 3 credits
BW733 Health Journalism Documentation 3 credits
BW750 Continuing Medical Education 3 credits
BW760 Entrepreneurship in Biomedical Communication 3 credits
  Other electives by permission of program director  
  Total Marketing Writing, Certificate Requirement 12 credits

Regulatory Writing, Certificate:

Course Number Course Name Credits
BW704 Regulatory Documentation Processes 3 credits
BW705 Biostatistics for Biomedical Writers 3 credits
BW708 Regulatory Writing: New Drug Applications 3 credits
  Elective courses, choose 1 3 credits
BW701 Professional Writing in Science 3 credits
BW703 Information Strategies for Biomedical Writers 3 credits
BW709 Promotion of Biomedical Products 3 credits
BW724  Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls 3 credits
  Other electives by permission of program director  
  Total Regulatory Writing, Certificate Requirement 12 credits

Contact:

Danny A. Benau, PhD

Address:

Office Location: 4101 Woodland Ave, Room 141
University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

215-596-7509

Email:

d.benau@usciences.edu