Office Student Diversity, College of Medicine and Life Sciences

Ronald McNair Graduate Scholarship Program & Graduate Opportunity Assistantship Program

The UT College of Graduate Studies is committed to ensuring that access and opportunities exist for students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Through programs such as the Ronald McNair Graduate Scholarship Program and the Graduate Opportunity Assistantship Program, UT is building pipelines that increase the number of underrepresented students who enter graduate programs. These programs not only offer financial assistance, but also give the support necessary for a successful graduate career. For more information about these initiatives, please contact or 419.530.4723.

Onthe UT Health Science Campus, several biomedical research-intensive programs of study are offered within three areas of study. Options include a Ph.D., M.S., and a dual M.D./Ph.D. or M.D./M.S. degree. The Ph.D. and M.S. in biomedical science programs are organized into four new tracks: cancer biology; cardiovascular and metabolic diseases; infection, immunity and transplantation; and neurosciences and neurological disorders. Incoming Ph.D. and M.S. students will matriculate into the program with an undeclared track. During the first year, they will take core courses and carry out laboratory rotations. Students also will choose a track and a faculty adviser. Then, they will take track-specific courses and conduct their dissertation or thesis research. The Ph.D. and M.S. programs are research-intensive and combine rigorous course work with sufficient time for intensive research activity.

Another dual degree program is the doctor of medicine/master of public health (MD/MPH), which is offered jointly by The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Bowling Green State University under the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health (NOCPH). The 45-semester credit MPH degree prepares students to enhance public health in the community and to become advocates for needed change. Health departments and other governmental bureaus, consulting firms, public agencies, health-care organizations, and industry employ public health graduates. Five majors are available: environmental and occupational health, health promotion and education, public health administration, epidemiology, and nutrition. In addition, the UT College of Medicine offers a doctor of medicine/master of public health (MD/MPH) dual degree option for individuals who want to combine medical doctor education and training with a specific major in the MPH degree program.

All incoming medical sciences Ph.D. students in good academic standing receive a full-tuition scholarship and stipend (currently $20,000 a year) as long as they are in the Ph.D. program and maintain good academic standing. They usually are not required to be teaching assistants for undergraduate students. Scholarships are available to masters and dual degree students who enter the program in good academic standing, and a limited number of stipends are available on a competitive basis. For more information, visit or call 419.383.4112. Applications are due June 1 for fall semester, Oct. 1 for spring semester, and March 1 for summer session.

A great diversity of students, both domestic and international, are enrolled in and have completed our Ph.D. and M.S. in biomedical science and MPH programs. We strongly encourage all students to apply to these programs. For additional information, contact the College of Graduate Studies at 419.383.4408.

Last Updated: 6/26/15