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2013-2014 University Catalog 
2013-2014 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biomedical Writing – Master of Science

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University of the Sciences 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 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 and device industries, medical and scientific publishing companies, medical education companies, nonprofit agencies and foundations, medical societies, the media, and government. Our students and graduates have previous degrees such as BS and BA, RPh, MS, MA, MBA, MPH, PharmD, MD, or PhD and have science, healthcare, technical writing, journalism, and humanities backgrounds.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  • Identify the key stages and milestones of drug/therapy development.
  • Explain 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.
  • Research and write materials specific to such fields as continuing medical education (CME) or promotional communications for medical education companies or the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Support academic, industry, and pharmaceutical marketing research and communication.

Designed to meet the needs of working professionals, this non-thesis program offers courses that are all taken online. Students with an undergraduate or graduate university degree may enroll in individual courses as nonmatriculated students, or they can apply to matriculate and complete the master of science degree. Permission of the program director is required to enroll in all courses. Also, although taking individual courses as a nonmatriculated student does not guarantee admission to the MS program, up to 12 completed credits 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 or Graduate Admissions Office about admission to the program.

Biomedical writing is an applied writing specialty; excellent writing skills are necessary to succeed in the program. The program focuses on teaching aspiring medical writers documentation and content, including medical journal articles, magazine articles, regulatory documents, and promotional and educational materials. The MS program requires 24 credits from core courses and 12 credits from electives.

Faculty – Biomedical Writing

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

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
Phone: 215.596.8903

Leslie Ann Bowman
BA (Pomona); AMLS (Michigan)
Associate Professor of Information Science
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

Adjunct Faculty

Rachel L. Box
BA (Loyola University Maryland); MS (University of the Sciences)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biomedical Writing

Rita Francis
MS (USciences)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biomedical Writing

Eileen Girten
BA (Rosemont); MS (Saint Joseph’s); MS (University of the Sciences)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biomedical Writing

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

Darshan Kulkarni
PharmD (USciences); JD, MS (Temple)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biomedical Writing

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

Neil Scheff
MS (USciences)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biomedical Writing

Patricia Walsh
MS (USciences); MBA (LaSalle)
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

Stephanie Zarus
BS, PharmD (Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biomedical Writing

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