PhD Degree Cardiovascular Disease, Obesity, and Diabetes Curriculum

Required BMS Core Courses

Introduction to Nucleic Acids and Proteins BMS 601
Introduction to Cell Structure and Metabolism BMS 602
Regulation of Cell Function BMS 603
Cellular Basis of Disease BMS 604
Communication Skills for Biomedical Sciences I BMS 660
Communications Skills for Biomedical Sciences II BMS 661
Introduction to Research BMS 785
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
Experimental Approaches to Physiology (in place of PHS 628 and PHS 629)    PHS 667
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-numbered year)
Signal Transduction                  BIC 643

Qualifying Exam


  • Course work
  • Research topic related


  • 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