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2009-2010 University Catalog 
2009-2010 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biomedical Writing – Master of Science

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University of the Sciences in Philadelphia awards the nation’s only master of science degree in biomedical writing. Medical writers translate preclinical and clinical data into prose, figures, and tables that can be easily understood by professional and general audiences. These audiences include science and healthcare professionals in pharmaceutical companies and drug regulatory agencies as well as lay audiences. Medical writers work in medical research organizations, the pharmaceutical industry, medical and scientific publishing companies, nonprofit agencies and foundations, medical societies, the media, and government. Medical writers who have successfully earned a USP master of science have science, healthcare, technical writing, journalism, and humanities backgrounds. Our students and graduates have previous degrees such as RPh, PharmD, MSN, MD, BS and BA, MS, MA, or PhD.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  • Identify the key stages and milestones of drug/therapy development.
  • Understand the basic regulatory environment of drug/therapy development.
  • Create the appropriate documentation for the stages and milestones of therapeutic development using data input from diverse research and development resources.
  • Abstract data and create secondary documents from the primary documentation in support of the information and marketing efforts for drugs and therapies
  • Use skills taught in this program in positions that are related to drug/therapy development and market support in positions that require concise and accurate reporting but that may not be considered classical biomedical writing.

Designed to meet the needs of working professionals, this non-thesis program offers courses that are all taken online. Students with undergraduate or graduate university degree enroll in individual courses, or they can apply to complete the master of science degree in 36 credits. Students taking individual courses should note that permission of the program director is required to enroll in core 800-level courses. Also, although taking individual courses does not guarantee admission to the MS program, completed courses with a grade of “B” or higher are credited toward the degree if the student formally applies and is accepted into the program. All interested students are invited to contact the program director about admission to the program.

This program focuses on teaching medical writers documentation and content, including medical journal articles, magazine articles, regulatory documents, and promotional and educational materials. In addition to the requirements for progress outlined in publications of the College of Graduate Studies, biomedical writing students should note the following features of their particular program.

  1. Master of science students should take the foundational courses BW 701, BW 704 and BW 705 first or early in the program. These are offered every semester.
  2. For the core courses in regulatory writing, after BW 704, students must take BW 708.
  3. To complete the program, students take BW 890 - Graduate Research Project I, followed by BW 891 - Graduate Research Project II. This two-course sequence involves intensive work on a major project. Students may choose to work with an advisor from the graduate faculty, with permission of the program director.


Danny Benau
AB, PhD (Boston Univ.)
Associate Professor of Biomedical Writing
Director, Graduate Programs in Biomedical Writing
Phone: 215.596.7509; 610.864.1901

Kelleen Flaherty
BS, MS (George Washington)
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Writing
Phone: 267.295.3211

Karen Mitchell
BA (Widener); MBA (Phoenix)
Instructor in Biomedical Writing
Director, Office of Sponsored Projects and Research
Phone: 215.596.7491

Faculty with Primary Appointments Elsewhere

Mignon S. Adams
BS (Eastern Illinois); MSLS (Illinois)
Professor Emeritus of Information Science
Interim Chair, Department of Humanities
Phone: 215.596.8903

Leslie Ann Bowman
BA (Pomona); AMLS (Michigan)
Associate Professor of Information Science
Coordinator, Electronic Resources
Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies
Assistant Dean, Misher College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 215.596.8964

Jeanette McVeigh
MS (Drexel); MSLS (Towson)
Assistance Professor of Information Science
Phone: 215.895.1197

Ruth L. Schemm, OTR/L, FAOTA
BS (Univ of Pennsylvania); MEd, EdD (Temple Univ)
Professor of Health Policy
Phone: 215.596.8990

Adjunct Faculty

Linda MacDonald Glenn
BA (Rutgers); JD (Western New England School of Law);
LLM (McGill)
Adjunct Associate Professor of Biomedical Writing

Tracy Janus
BS (Delaware Valley College of Science & Agriculture); MS (USP)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biomedical Writing

Darshau Kulkarni
PhD (USP); JD (Temple)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biomedical Writing

Thomas A. Lang
BS (California State); MA (Annenberg Sch. Communications, Southern California);
Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Writing

Matthew Monberg
BS (Notre Dame); MS (USP)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biomedical Writing

Angus D. Pekala
BS (St. Joseph’s Univ.); MS (USP)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biomedical Writing

M. Steven Rudman
BS (Western Maryland Coll.); MD (Emory)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biomedical Writing

William Studt
PhD (The Univ. of Michigan)
Adjunct Associate Professor of Biomedical Writing

Margaret Murray Thorell
BS (SUNY); PhD (Pennsylvania)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biomedical Writing

Charles Wang
BS (ZJTV, China); BS, MEd (Delaware)
Adjunct Instructor IN Biomedical Writing

Lorraine Whitman
PharmD (Florida)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biomedical Writing

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