College of Medicine Graduate Programs

The Core Curriculum for Ph.D. Students

Year 1

FALL SEMESTER (all courses are required)
  • Current Problems and Research Approaches in:
    • Protein Structure and Catalysis – 2.5 credits*
    • Cell Biology and Signaling – 2.5 credits*
    • Genes and Genomes – 2.5 credits*
    • Biomembranes – 2.5 credits*
  • Methods in Biomedical Sciences – 2 credits*
  • On Being a Scientist – 1 credit
  • Introduction to Biomedical Research – 0 credits
  • Mentored Research (one 8-week lab rotation) – 2 credits
  • TOTAL: 15 credits
SPRING SEMESTER (all courses are required)
  • Systems Pathophysiology I – 4 credits*
  • Systems Pathophysiology II – 4 credits*
  • Mentored Research (two 8-week lab rotations) – 6 credits*
  • Recent Advances in Biomedical Science Journal Club – 1 credit
  • TOTAL: 15 credits
SUMMER SEMESTER
  • Biostatistics (required) – 3 credits
  • Elective of Track-specific Course(s) – 0-7 credits
  • Mentored Research (one lab rotation is necessary) – 0-7 credits
  • TOTAL: 10 credits

*Students in the MD/Ph.D. program are not required to take these courses.


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 total of 90 course credits are required):

  • Minimum Didactic Coursework – 25 credits
  • Minimum Dissertation Research (INDI999) – 30 credits**
  • Additional Coursework or Research in Track – to fulfill 90 credits

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

Last Updated: 8/26/16