PhD Programs

Academic Majors

The following majors are available to MD-PhD students but are not limited to:

  • Anthropology (College of Liberal Arts & Sciences)
  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering (College of Engineering)
  • Biomedical Informatics (College of Medicine)
  • Biostatics (College of Medicine / Public Health & Health Professions)
  • Cancer Biology (College of Medicine/Dentistry)
  • Clinical Health Psychology (College of Public Health & Health Professions)
  • Epidemiology (College of Medicine / Public Health & Health Professions)
  • Genetics (College of Medicine/Dentistry)
  • Genetics & Genomics (College of Medicine / Genetics Institute)
  • Health Outcomes & Implementation Science (College of Medicine)
  • Immunology & Microbiology (College of Medicine/Dentistry)
  • Molecular Cell Biology (College of Medicine/Dentistry)
  • Neuroscience (College of Medicine/Dentistry)
  • Pharmacology & Therapeutics (College of Medicine/Dentistry)
  • Physiology & Functional Genomics (College of Medicine/Dentistry)
  • Rehabilitation Sciences (College of Public Health & Health Professions)

PhD Training Years

Generally three to four years are required to complete a PhD program. Thus, MD-PhD students typically require seven to eight years to obtain their combined degree.

The Dissertation Supervisory Committee is selected by the student and mentor, and plays a major role in setting the academic requirements for the PhD degree beyond those stipulated by the graduate school.

The committee determines:

  • Specific course requirements
  • Administers the written and oral qualifying exam
  • Decides when the student is ready to graduate

Most importantly, the committee provides research and career advice throughout the period of graduate education. At least one member of the MD-PhD Advisory Board must be a member of each student’s dissertation committee.