Students admitted to the Department of Microbiology with the above credentials must complete at least 72 hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, with a minimum of 31 hours of course work. The remaining hours must be spent on research related courses. Up to 24 credit hours from the master's degree from an accredited institution may be transferred to the Ph.D. program. Each student in consultation with the advisory committee and/or the thesis advisor, will arrange a program of study compatible with the student's interest with the intent to produce a well-trained microbiologist with expertise in both research and teaching.
The required courses are as follows: Microbiology 231-302, 231-304, 231-307, 231-413, 231-417, and 231-418; Biochemistry 222-101 and 222-203; Biostatistics. In lieu of demonstration proficiency in a foreign language (not native language) students may substitute a computer science elective. Each student is required to obtain teaching experience. The successful completion of a comprehensive examination and oral defense of a dissertation are also required.
The College of Medicine and the Graduate School jointly offer an integrated program that leads to both the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees without compromise in the customary substance of each of these degrees individually. Additionally, the curricular emphasis develops in the trainee the unique professional role perspective of the clinician/scientist/scholar. It also develops a particular appreciation for the urgent and unsolved health problems that are present in the population served by the Howard University Hospital and its affiliated clinical programs.
Graduate departments that currently invite applications for Ph.D. study in this program are: Anatomy, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Genetics and Human Genetics, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Physiology and Biophysics.
The steps in the application process are as follows:
- Complete all aspects of the application for medical school.
- Submit a brief letter of interest in applying for the M.D. Ph.D. programs to the program director.
- The M.D./Ph.D. program committee will review the application to medical school. If a candidate meets the minimum eligibility criteria, he/she will receive a supplemental application for the combined program.
- The program committee may invite a candidate for a visit to the campus for an interview.
- Concurrent with the visit, a candidate will also be invited to apply to the graduate department of his/her choice through the Graduate School.
The application for the M.D./Ph.D. program should be returned to:
Verle Headings, M.D., Ph.D.
Director M.D./Ph.D. Program
Howard University College of Medicine
520 W Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059