Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PHD)

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A combined M.D./Ph.D. degree program is offered with majors in biochemistry, biomedical engineering, cellular and molecular biology, pharmacology and physiology.

Degree candidates may be accepted to the M.D./Ph.D. program only after being accepted to the School of Medicine as a regular M.D. student. Candidates must also meet the admission criteria of the Graduate School. Students may apply for admission to the program and graduate school during the spring semester of the second year of medical education. An additional application must be submitted to the M.D./Ph.D. program committee and the graduate school. The MD/Ph.D. program requires one (1) credit of comprehensive exam which will count toward the required 72 credits and will count toward the required 30 credits of 700-level course work.

Students can select an emphasis in basic science research to their MD, through the combined MD/Ph.D. program. Students can choose from one of the many advanced degree programs at the School of Medicine for their individualized MD/Ph.D. These include:

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology
  • Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Speech Pathology & Audiology

Students choosing this combined degree have exciting research choices, including:

  • Applications of plasma physics
  • Neurosciences
  • Molecular Biology of ion channels
  • Cardiac and smooth muscle electrophysiology
  • Opportunistic infections
  • Emerging infectious diseases
  • Cancer biology

Learn more about the application and admissions process.