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Combined MD/PhD, PharmD/PhD and DPM/PhD Degrees

A student in the Combined Degree programs selects an advisor in the same way as students in the doctoral degree program. The amount of further graduate course work required is less, and by the second year, the major emphasis is on thesis research. Formal degree candidacy is granted after a student has passed a comprehensive examination in microbiology and immunology, which is usually given after completion of the second year of study for the PhD degree. An acceptable dissertation based on original research must be presented and defended at the final oral examination; the dissertation should make a significant contribution to knowledge in microbiology and/or immunology. Four years or more are usually required for the PhD program, and six years or more for the MD/PhD, PharmD/PhD and DPM/PhD programs.

Please refer also to the requirements for the PhD degree in the policies and procedures of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. In general, requirements for the combined degrees combine the requirements for each degree, with the following specifications:

  1. As part of the didactic course requirements for the MD/PhD, PharmD/PhD, and DPM/PhD programs, several advanced Graduate School courses are required, as determined by the department.
  2. Combined Degree students are required to take the four "Specialty" IGPBS courses, Ethics, Biostatistics, Art and Science Presentations, and Computers.

IGPBS Courses Required for Combined Students:

GIGP 507 Art of Scientific Presentation
GIGP 508 Ethics and Regulatory Issues in Biomedical Research 
GIGP 509 Biostatistics
GIGP 510 Computer Applications in Biomedical Research
GIGP 518 Writing Skills