What to Expect
All first year, full-time PhD students receive a stipend, full tuition support and health insurance through the School of Medicine. During your first year, you’ll complete at least three lab rotations with program faculty and, through these experiences, connect with a research mentor who will support you throughout the remainder of the program. All financial support is contingent on maintaining good standing with the program, department and university.
To help you develop into the type of research leader we expect our graduates to become, you’ll take a common set of first- and second-year core courses that provides extensive exposure to the fields of global, population, public and community health; biostatistics; epidemiology; genomic epidemiology; and computational biology. If you’ve had prior graduate training, you may be eligible to start our program with advanced standing and your coursework will be adjusted accordingly. Such situations will be handled on a case-by-case basis, following discussion with the graduate program director.
A key component of our training program is to engage you in as many collaborative roles as possible, giving you opportunities to study multiple determinants of health risk and outcomes, including biological and non-biological (environmental) influences, and the variation and disparity in outcomes.