Professional Science Master's in Biomedical Sciences
This professional science master's (PSM) program prepares students for challenging careers in the biomedical and health sciences with rigorous academic training and professional practical skills.
Through advanced coursework in the natural sciences and complementary coursework in the humanities and social sciences, students gain in-depth scientific knowledge and a strong foundation in ethics, leadership, communication and global awareness. PSM students will gain awareness of the many issues, concerns and future directions of health and biomedical sciences fields.
Preparing for Professions in Medicine and Health Care
This multidisciplinary program utilizes one-on-one advising to customize curriculum and identify an individualized capstone internship in order to complement and expand on each student’s academic and life experiences and to prepare them for their future careers.
Capstone experiences are nine to twelve month internships projects, culminating in a scholarly presentation. The PSM program director works with each student to identify a capstone mentor whose professional expertise aligns with their professional aspirations. Capstone projects can be administrative, clinical, programmatic or research focused.
The goals of the capstone experience are for the student to 1) gain advanced knowledge within the field of biomedicine, 2) learn specialized skills, 3) integrate information across various disciplines related to healthcare and 4) summarize their experience and findings in a scholarly presentation.
2017-2018 Capstone Projects
A Clinical Safety Study for Selective Photothermolysis of Sebaceous Glands for Acne Treatment
Mentors: Ed Barbera and Christopher Carlton, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Accure Acne Inc.
Patient Diagnostic Tool Statistical Analysis for Exercise-Induced Laryngeal Obstruction (EILO)
Mentor: J. Tod Olin, MD, Department Pediatrics/Division of Pulmonary Medicine, National Jewish Health
A Survey of Depression Screening in Outpatient Cardiac Clinics
Mentor: James Dillingham, PA-C, St. Joseph Hospital Cardiac & Vascular Institute
Incidence of UCL Injury in Left- versus Right-Handed Professional Pitchers and the Association between Hand Dominance and Humeral Torsion
Mentor: Thomas J. Noonan MD, Sports Medicine, orthopedic surgery physician at Steadman Hawkins Clinic/UC Health
Low-Level Laser Stimulation of the Auricular Branch Vagus Nerve: A Pilot Study using Heart Rate Variability
Mentor: Daniel McShan, PhD, The Exzyme Corporation
2016-2017 Capstone Projects
Factors Leading to Component Failure in Total Knee Arthroplasty Patients
Mentor: Chad Clary, PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Denver
Classifying and Treating Lung Cancer
Mentor: John Truell, MD, Pathology, Swedish Medical Center
Respirable Crystalline Silica Exposures during Hydraulic Fracturing are Reduced through Implementation of an Engineering Control for Sand Delivery
Mentors: Tami Mullen, Program Manager & Toxicologist, and Roberta Smith, Occupational Health Program Manager, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Risk and Protective Factors in Mental Health Outcomes of Second-Generation Asian Americans
Mentors: Joseph Sakai MD, Department of Psychiatry, and Dan Savin, MD, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Evaluating the Benefits of Alternative Stress Reduction Techniques in Alleviating the Physical Symptoms Associated with Menopause
Mentor: Haley Chiado, PA, HealthMark
"My capstone research was a great introduction to graduate-level research and also provided me with unique insight into the medical field."
Building a Better Knee
Yashar Behnam, a student in DU’s professional science master’s (PSM) degree program in biomedicine, is studying joint replacements from an engineering perspective. Through the program, students acquire scientific knowledge and professional skills that prepare them for careers in the biomedical and health sciences.Read More
Professional Advisory Board
Our curriculum and capstone experiences are guided by a professional advisory board made up of eight to twelve leaders in the fields of biomedical research, biotechnology, clinical healthcare, academic allied health and hospital administration.
Their input ensures students are learning academic and professional skills necessary and sought after by hiring managers and admissions counselors for students looking to apply to professional schools.
CURRENT ADVISORY BOARD (updated 09/2018)
J. Kern Buckner, MD
Professor Emeritus, Division of Cardiology
Department of Medicine
National Jewish Health
Holli Cherevka, MSc
Chief Operation Officer
Gretchen Frey, MD
OB/GYN: Integrative gynecologic care
Jennifer Hellier, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
MedCura Consulting LLC
Matthew Jonsen PhD, JD
Partner, Intellectual Property
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Denise Mathias, MBA
Administrative Director of Cardiovascular Services
Director of Volunteer Services
HealthONE | Swedish Medical Center
J. Tod Olin, MD, MSCS
Assistant Professor, Division of Pulmonary Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
National Jewish Health
Peter Stevens, PhD
Chief New Ventures Officer
Contact the Program Director for PSM in Biomedical Sciences
Beginning in fall 2020, the professional sciences master's will carry a new tuition rate of $730 per credit hour. This degree program requires 45 credits for graduate. For more information on university tuition, please visit the Office of the Registrar website.