The curriculum of the Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences aims to 1) provide foundational knowledge for research in biomedical sciences; 2) promote critical thinking in biomedical science research; 3) promote responsible research conduct in the biomedical sciences; 4) train in analytical skills in biomedical science research; and 5) scientific communication and grantsmanship. Additional content specific to each student’s area of study will also be strengthened via additional course work internally or externally.

The Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences is a 4-year program that offers 86 credit hours, with 40 credit hours of research and 46 credit hours of course work, including discipline-specific content, dissertation proposal preparation and presentation, and dissertation writing and defense. Most course work is completed in the first two years, with the exceptions of discipline-specific content and seminars in biomedical sciences, which are distributed from the second to the last year. The selection of area of study is carried out early in the recruitment stage of the program. Students work in a highly interactive and collaborative environment, including interactions with dedicated faculty from multiple disciplines, doctoral students in the medical program, master students and undergraduate students.

Program learning outcomes

The following learning outcomes describe the values and skills that are demonstrated by graduates of the Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences

  1. Apply knowledge of scientific theories and approaches to address important questions in their specific area of study.
  2. Critically assess hypotheses, study designs and experimental outcomes to achieve high-quality results.
  3. Demonstrate high standards of research conduct in biomedical sciences.
  4. Apply strong analytical skills to gain high-quality research data in biomedical sciences.
  5. Demonstrate strong scientific communication skills and grantsmanship.

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