The Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Florida College of Medicine is a Ph.D. program in which eight basic science departments cooperate in the recruiting, admission, and training of graduate students, followed by specialized training via seven advanced interdepartmental graduate concentrations, which can be thought of as majors, although the degree is actually in Medical Sciences.
The links to the seven concentrations that comprise the Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences are located in the left navigation bar of this page.
The mission of the Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences is to provide a predoctoral educational experience that will train experimentalists and scholars prepared for a wide range of careers in biomedical science. The curriculum is designed to provide maximum flexibility for the training of biomedical research scientists. The educational goals are to promote biological literacy by providing core and advanced curricula covering key chemical, biological and genetic principles using molecular, cellular and physiological approaches, and to promote scholarship in biomedical science through mentored, original research.
Students choose their mentor and concentration during the spring semester of their first year. Although students can enter the Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences in a completely undifferentiated manner, many students join the program with a very specific research goal in mind. The flexibility of the curriculum accommodates both types of students.
The faculty members of Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences are affiliated with eight basic science departments, either as primary or joint appointees:
- Anatomy & Cell Biology
- Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
- Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
- Oral Biology (College of Dentistry)
- Pathology, Immunology & Laboratory Medicine
- Pharmacology & Therapeutics
- Physiology & Functional Genomics
M.S. & Joint Degree Programs
The College of Medicine also offers several M.S. & Joint Degree Programs. Joint degree programs allow qualified students to combine medical science studies with other professional or graduate works to broaden their academic knowledge, earn two degrees in a reduced amount of time, and better prepare for various biomedical science career tracks.