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2009-2010 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog 
2009-2010 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Molecular Medicine

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First-year Ph.D. students are admitted via a common admissions process to the biomedical sciences Ph.D. program. After completing first-year core course work and laboratory rotations, the student chooses a dissertation research mentor and enters one of nine Ph.D. programs (majors) based on that faculty member’s program affiliation. In each program, students complete a Ph.D. dissertation based on original research. Each student’s program of study is unique and the time to completion varies. On average, completion of the Ph.D. program requires approximately 5 years of full-time, year-round study.

The Molecular Medicine program combines the resources of basic science and clinical medicine for an interdisciplinary approach to understanding disease processes. Based in an interdisciplinary research institute rather than an academic department, the program includes approximately 40 faculty members drawn from clinical and basic science departments. Students are encouraged to design their own program of study according to their interests and in consultation with their faculty mentor and advisory committee. Focused on discovering the molecular basis of human disease, research opportunities include neurobiology, molecular chaperones, radiobiology and cancer biology, regenerative medicine and reproductive medicine.

Admissions Information

For information regarding admission to the Biomedical Sciences program in the School of Graduate studies please select the Admissions Information link.

Admissions Information 

Financial Support

Students accepted into the program will be considered for Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA), which includes a stipend, a reduced tuition rate of $25/semester, and single-person health insurance coverage through the MCG Student Group Health Insurance plan.  A limited number of GRA packages will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants with exemplary qualifications.

Molecular Medicine Program Curriculum

The Doctor of Philosophy curriculum is not lock-step; students do NOT graduate as a class at the end of a specific semester. The average time to degree is approximately 5 years of full-time, year-round study; acceptable duration of the program may be between 3 and 7 years. The PhD curriculum is individualized for each student based on the Advisory Committee’s recommendations. The number and type of advanced (2nd year and beyond) elective courses vary, and may include courses within the Molecular Medicine program, listed below, as well as courses in other disciplines.

Additional Requirements:

In addition to specific course requirements, students must complete additional PhD degree requirements, including satisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination, development of an approved research proposal, writing and obtaining approval of the doctoral dissertation, and satisfactory performance on the Final Oral Examination (dissertation defense). See PhD Student Guide for additional requirements and details. 

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