About the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

The Graduate School comprises all degree-granting programs in basic science, clinical research, public health, and genetic counseling. This framework increases the opportunities for graduate students to engage in translational research and to cross register in courses outside of their own program.

Basic science PhD programs in biomedical science or neuroscience offer a course of education that provides a solid foundation in core scientific knowledge, biostatistics, and research methods. Advanced course work and research take place in one of nine Multidisciplinary Training Areas. Each student has a wealth of options to develop an optimal program of predoctoral training that meets individual goals in research and academics. Every student develops a research project that he or she conducts under the guidance of a mentor; that project culminates in a thesis that is presented and defended.

The Master of Biomedical Sciences program responds to the nationally recognized need for generalist graduate study in the medical sciences by providing students with the foundation essential for the pursuit of a variety of careers in the health professions. Masters graduates may pursue doctoral programs in research and/or clinical medicine or explore opportunities in a related field.

The Master of Science in Clinical Research, established as a two year, part-time program, provides outstanding clinical and postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty, and other trainees (MD, MD/PhD, and “basic science” PhD students) with the knowledge, skills and experience to launch successful clinical and/or translational research-intensive careers.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program trains health professionals and others to apply the principles of public health to health care delivery, research, and population-based health initiatives with an emphasis on community health, health promotion, and disease prevention. All students attain the competencies required to apply the appropriate tools to address population health problems through community engagement in a culturally sensitive manner. Service goals involve collaborating on community initiatives to improve health and prevent disease.

The Master of Science in Genetic Counseling trains individuals to become genetic counselors. The program, which benefits enormously from the resources and expertise of the MSSM Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences, provides students with the knowledge and skills for board certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.

A number of options exist for students to pursue multiple degrees simultaneously. The prestigious NIH-funded Medical Scientist Training Program allows students to earn both MD and PhD degrees and thus be uniquely poised to embark on careers as physician scientists and leaders in the effort to apply new basic science discoveries to clinical care. Through the MD/MPH track, interested students can complete an MPH during the four years that they attend medical school and use that education to further work in community and/or preventive medicine.

Commentary

"Science and Medicine in the Service of Society," a commentary by Dr. John Morrison. Published on September 22, 2010 in the New York Times
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