Programs Offered

Degree Granting Programs

UNMC graduate students have the opportunity to train under the mentorship of nationally- and internationally-recognized faculty in the Colleges of Allied Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Dentistry, as well as the Munroe-Meyer Institute, and the Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer & Allied Diseases.

Below is a list of all current graduate degree programs. You are encouraged to click on the program(s) of interest for additional information. 

Biomedical Informatics (M.S., Ph.D.)  

A multidisciplinary, interprofessional effort integrating the theory and practice of information technology management, computer science, decision support systems, and applied computing with clinical science, biological science, bio­ imaging, and public health. This joint program involving UNMC & UNO leverages expertise across campuses to provide an educational and research program with strengths in biologic, healthcare and technological aspects of biomedical informatics.

Please visit Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program for additional information. 

Biostatistics (Ph.D.)  

Provides the instruction and research experience necessary to become high quality academic faculty members, researchers and leaders in biomedicine and public health. They may also choose careers as scientists in government and private research agencies. The curriculum emphasizes the acquisition of applied skills as well as the theoretical mathematical foundations of biostatistics. The primary focus lies in these areas of biostatistics: clinical trials; study design; survival  analysis; generalized linear models; longitudinal analysis; survey methodology; and analysis of microarray gene-expression data and other high­ dimensional  data.

Please visit Biostatistics Graduate Program for additional information. 

Cancer Research (M.S.)  

This innovative graduate program trains future scientists to approach cancer research knowledgeably and creatively, and to enter careers in which they can make a significant contribution. Graduate students work in state-of-the-art laboratories and participate in cancer research with nationally and internationally renowned scientists while pursuing a doctoral degree.

Please visit Cancer Research Graduate Program for additional information. 

Emergency Preparedness (M.S.)  

Provides emergency preparedness and response skills that are essential to the public health infrastructure.  Events explored include naturally occurring disasters, intentional acts of terrorism, and emerging infectious disease threats. The curriculum is designed to be reflective and inclusive of current, nationally-endorsed competencies in emergency preparedness leadership, communication, information management , practice improvement and planning and worker health and safety.

Please visit Emergency Preparedness Graduate Program for additional information. 

Environmental Health, Occupational Health & Toxicology (Ph.D.)  

Provides students with a broad knowledge in ecological, environmental, agricultural and occupational health, as well as toxicology; and the ability to apply this information to important scientific questions and solve problems in these areas.

Please visit Environmental Health, Occupational Health, and Toxicology Graduate Program for additional information. 

Epidemiology (Ph.D.)  

Prepares practitioners and researchers for positions in government agencies, the private sector, and academia (CDC, NIH, state departments, universities, law firms, insurance companies , pharmaceutical industry, etc.). Students learn to design,conduct and analyze research studies, interpret research findings and the literature, apply findings to solve public health problems or discover causes of diseases. Students who enter the Ph.D. program typically hold the MPH degree or have equivalent training/experience in epidemiology.

Please visit Epidemiology Graduate Program for additional information. 

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research (Ph.D.)  

Provides the training necessary to become skilled research scientists who will have a significant impact on the health of the population by thinking critically and integratively about complex public health problems and applying scientific rigor to the design and evaluation of health promotion and disease prevention research and programs. Graduates of the program will be prepared for careers as scientists in government and private research agencies, as faculty in colleges and universities, and as leaders in public health agencies.

Please visit Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Graduate Program for additional information. 

Health Services Research, Administration & Policy (Ph.D.)  

Educates students to be scholars and health services researchers for careers in academia, large corporations, insurance companies, government agencies, health care organizations, and consulting firms. The program focuses on methods and application of health services research, health administration, and health policy. Students work closely with faculty whose research interests include health economics, health care finance, organizational behavior, policy analysis, medical geography, program & policy evaluation, health outcomes research, public health informatics, workforce, public health services research, and underserved populations.

Please visit Health Services Research, Administration & Policy Graduate Program for additional information. 

Immunology, Pathology & Infectious Disease (M.S.)  

Provides opportunities for study in a wide range of contemporary areas of pathology and microbiology,  including bacteriology, immunology,virology, cell biology,and molecular biology. Students participate in coursework and lab­ oratory research that will prepare them for competitively securing rewarding research and teaching careers in academic institutions, biotechnology industries, biomedical laboratories, and government agencies.

Please visit Immunology, Pathology & Infectious Disease Graduate Program for additional information. 

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences - IGPBS (Ph.D.)  

The IGPBS merges UNMC's five basic science PhD programs and the Eppley Cancer Institutes PhD program to form a single PhD training program that contains six interdisciplinary research-focused doctoral programs.  This structure provides students in each doctoral program's research area a greater number of relevant faculty trainers and stronger multidisciplinary training as each interdisciplinary area is no longer limited by departmental boundaries.

The six doctoral programs that comprise the IGPBS are:

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Research
  • Immunology, Pathology & Infectious Disease
  • Integrative Physiology & Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology
  • Neuroscience

Please visit Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences for additional information. 

Medical Anatomy (M.S.)  

The Masters in Medical Anatomy provides an opportunity for individuals aspiring to health sci-ence careers to become prepared for profession-al studies in medicine, education, or research.

Please visit Medical Anatomy Graduate Program for additional information. 

Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area - MSIA (M.S., Ph.D.)  

An interdepartmental program intended for those who wish to pursue individually designed programs of an interdisciplinary nature within the medical sciences. Individual programs of study may be developed in the following research areas: immunology, drug metabolism, human genetics, neurological sciences, oral biology,health services research,medical nutrition, clinical & translational research, and others. Currently, 18 academic units participate in the program, including multiple clinical departments.

Please visit Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area Graduate Program for additional information. 

Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology (M.S.)  

The M.S. program is a two-year program that includes course work and research, designed to enhance a career in biomedical research, medicine or dentistry. 

Please visit Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology Graduate Program for additional information. 

Nursing (Ph.D.)  

Prepares nurse scientists to be transformational leaders in the discovery of knowledge to improve health of individuals,families, and communities, and to advance the profession of nursing. Students enter either the B.S.N.-Ph.D. or M.S.N.-Ph.D. program and take biostatistics, core, and cognate courses prior to their dissertation study. Students who enter the B.S.N.-Ph.D. program complete credits to obtain a M.S.N.-level specialty, as required by regulatory boards of nursing for faculty roles.

Please visit Nursing Graduate Program for additional information. 

Pharmaceutical Sciences (M.S., Ph.D.)  

Instruction and training in drug discovery, drug delivery and targeting, biophysical chemistry, bio-materials nanotechnology, nanomedicine, biopharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics as well as pharmacodynamics. Most pha rmaceutical science students enrolled in this program hold bachelor's degrees in non-pharmacy disciplines (e.g., chemistry, biology, mathematics, physics and engineering). Typically, pharmaceutical scientists are employed by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, academia, regulatory agencies and national laboratories.

Please visit Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program for additional information.