Ph.D. Degree Requirements
Students take the core curriculum of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences. The curriculum is posted on the IGPBS website. In most cases, students take additional course work in the fall and spring of the second year including PHSL 842 Comprehensive Human Physiology and advanced courses in the student's research area.
All students in doctoral programs must meet the research skills and responsible scholarship requirement of the university.
Physiology Ph.D. students meet these requirements during their IGPBS year of study by taking GSMC 857 Biographics, GSMC 852/GSMC 855 Introduction to Biomedical Research I and II, and GSMC 856 Introduction to Research Ethics.
Examinations and Dissertation
Following completion of the courses, the student must successfully complete a comprehensive qualifying examination consisting of a research proposal written in the form of a National Institutes of Health grant application, which the student defends orally. The student, with the guidance of his or her dissertation advisor, conducts an original research project. The outcomes of that research are assembled as a written dissertation generally consisting of a compilation of scientific papers submitted by the student for publication. A more traditional thesis format also can be used. The student defends this research in a seminar open to all interested parties.