Students must complete a minimum of 72 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate, 12 of which shall be pursued after being admitted to candidacy. Students must also participate yearly in
Departmental teaching and must be engaged in research each semester. Before graduation from the program, each student must have published one scientific research paper. All required courses must be passed at the level of B or better. Student progress is evaluated annually by the department. As part of the evaluation each student is required to submit a progress report.
During the first two years, students must take the following required courses: 217-200; 217-202; 217-206; 217-262; 217-170; 217-204; 217-172. A course in statistics must be taken before completing the program.
A major adviser and major area of research interest must be selected at the beginning of the second year. With the guidance of the adviser, the student is expected to take additional departmental courses in order to develop a broad and profound knowledge of physiology. A minimum of two extra departmental electives must be selected from among the following: pharmacology, biochemistry, anatomy, computer sciences and bioengineering.
After completion of the required courses, the student must schedule a qualifying examination which must be taken no later than the end of the third year. The qualifying examination consists of a written and an oral part which are administered by the department. As required by the Graduate School, students must submit an approved research proposal and pass the qualifying examination for admission to candidacy.
Following admission to candidacy, the major efforts are then directed toward the dissertation research. Each candidate must register for 217-300 while writing the dissertation. This course terminates with the development of an acceptable thesis.
The M.D./Ph.D. degree is jointly offered by the Graduate School and College of Medicine.
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. See Anatomy for admission requirements.