Master of Science in Skin Biology and Dermatological Sciences

Master of Science in Skin Biology and Dermatological Sciences


David Lewis, PhD
Sr. Program Manager

Jie Li, MD, PhD
Program Director

Skin Biology & Dermatological Sciences

  • Aging
  • Barrier
  • Cancer
  • Drug delivery
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics
  • Itch
  • Innovation & Technology
  • Pathobiology
  • Regulation and Policy
  • Stem cells and Tissue regeneration
  • Tissue repair and Wound healing

The Dr. Phillip Frost Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery has launched the first Masters of Science in Skin Biology and Dermatological Science (MS-SBDS) program in the United States. The program prepares students for careers and leadership in skin science and industry. The curriculum covers basic science and laboratory techniques, as well as management skills, grant & regulatory issues, enterprise issues, and clinical problems.

The Master of Science in Skin Biology and Dermatological Sciences program (MS in SBDS) is unique in its depth and breadth because it covers basic science research and laboratory techniques. In addition, the degree considers a variety of additional skills to help you succeed in industry and academia, for it considers management skills, grant writing, regulatory issues, enterprise formation issues, and clinical problems.

Skin biology includes many biological processes: development, perpetual differentiation and barrier maintenance, stem cell biology, tissue repair and regeneration, neogenesis, native and adapted immunity, and genetic disorders just to name a few. The areas represented in our research base include aging, microbiology, inflammation, immunology, genomics, pharmacology, biochemistry, cell and stem cell biology as well as clinical research using areas of a variety of skin disorders, aging, aesthetics, cancer, and wounds as a clinical touchpoint.

Training in all these aspects is currently not provided by any single program in the United States. Thus, a Master’s degree in Skin Biology and Dermatological Sciences will impart a unique skill set and research background. There is a growing need for knowledgeable health care professionals. Health care providers, policy makers, research scientists, academic practices in the US and in the rest of the world, as well as makers of skin and skin care products from devices, drugs and cosmeceuticals and their workers need trained personnel. The coursework in this degree program will offer essential scientific knowledge, management, and administrative skills that will be helpful for individuals desiring a skin sciences oriented career.

Approved by UM Board of Trustees, Wednesday, May 31, 2017.