College of Medicine Graduate Programs

The Core Curriculum for Ph.D. Students

Year 1

FALL SEMESTER (all courses are required)
  • Introduction to Biomedical Research – 0 credits
  • Current Problems and Research Approaches in:
    • Proteins – 2.5 credits
    • Genes and Genomes – 2.5 credits
    • Cell Membranes – 3 credits
  • Methods in Biomedical Sciences – 3 credits
  • "On Being a Scientist" – 1 credit
  • Mentored Research (one 8-week lab rotation) – 2 credits
  • TOTAL: 14 credits
SPRING SEMESTER (Most courses are required)
  • Systems Pathophysiology I – 2.5 credits
  • Systems Pathophysiology II – 2.5 credits
  • Current Problems and Research Approaches in: Cell Biology and Signaling – 3 credits
  • Mentored Research (two 8-week lab rotations) – 4 credits
  • Track-Specific Journal Club  – 1 credit
  • TOTAL: 13 credits
SUMMER SEMESTER
  • Statistical Methods I (required) – 3 credits
  • Practical Bioinformatics (required for Cancer Biology students; optional for others) – 1 credit
  • Independent Study in field and/or Electives – 0-8 credits
  • Mentored Research (if additional 8-week lab rotation necessary) – 0-2 credits
  • TOTAL: 9 credits

*Students in the MD/Ph.D. program may not be required to take all courses. See program site for more information.


Year 2

Electives and Track-specific courses as required by Track (see Track websites)
Students mainly engage in dissertation research after the first year.

Overall Requirements

(a minimum of 90 course credits are required):

  • Minimum Didactic Coursework – 25 credits
  • Minimum Dissertation Research – 30 credits**
  • Additional Coursework and Research in Track – to fulfill a minimum of 90 credits (Ph.D. students commonly require more credits to fulfill graduation requirements)

**Students must have successfully completed the qualifying examination before registering for Dissertation Research.

See 2016-2017 program PDF catalog for track-specific courses and information.

Last Updated: 9/16/16