Ph.D. Degree Cardiovascular Disease, Obesity, and Diabetes Curriculum

Required BMS Core Courses

Biochemical, Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Biomedical Sciences BMS 600
Seminar BMS 680
Communication Skills for Biomedical Sciences I BMS 660
Communications Skills for Biomedical Sciences II BMS 661
Introduction to Research BMS 685
Responsible Conduct of Research BMS 644
Statistical Techniques for the Biomedical Sciences BMS 617
Research BMS 882

Required Research Cluster Courses

Course title Course number
Mammalian Neurophysiology PHS 628
Mammalian Physiology PHS 629
Physiology of the Cell PHS 666
Cardiovascular Disease, Obesity, and Diabetes Colloquium BMS 665

Suggested Electives

Course title                                          Course number
Advanced Cardiovascular Physiology                                         PHS 638
Advanced Molecular Genetics                                         BIC 638 (every odd year)
Signal Transduction                                         BIC 643

Qualifying Exam


  • Course work


  • Students must first successfully complete the written exams. A written grant in the style of an NIH Pre-doctoral grant proposal format must be submitted on either the student’s research project or another topic. The grant must be submitted within two months of completion of the written exam. The Oral examination is a defense of the grant application.

Other Activities

Students are strongly urged to attend one national scientific meeting and present the results of their research.

Dissertation Defense