6 Doctoral programs >representing research programs in 32 departments and more than 200 research laboratories
Students entering the IGPBS have the opportunity to explore a variety of research laboratories and academic programs. Students can rotate through any of the more than 200 research laboratories affiliated with the IGPBS. The research interests of the IGPBS faculty are largely focused in the six interdisciplinary topic areas that define the interdisciplinary doctoral programs. Approximately halfway through the first year, students select their thesis research laboratory and doctoral program.
Year One Training
A Solid Foundation: Curriculum, Rotations, and SeminarsThe research interests of the IGPBS faculty are largely focused in the six interdisciplinary topic areas that define the interdisciplinary doctoral programs. Approximately halfway through the first year, students select their thesis research laboratory and doctoral program.
During the first year, students take an integrated >core >curriculum that forms the foundation of their graduate training. The first semester of the core curriculum consists of three courses:
- Fundamentals of Biomolecules (3 credit hours)
- Molecular Cell Biology (3 credit hours)
- Fundamentals of Receptors & Cell Signaling (1 credit hour)
In the second semester, students select from the introductory courses offered by the six doctoral programs.
During the first year, students usually perform research rotations in three laboratories. If "uncommitted", students are free to rotate in any of the participating laboratories on campus before choosing a laboratory or a doctoral program. Alternatively, students can choose to "commit" to an individual doctoral program and rotate in just those laboratories associated with the doctoral program. Students can commit to a doctoral program at any time.
The curriculum, along with research rotations, provides the first-year student with a strong, multidisciplinary foundation that is important for success in modern biomedical research. In addition, students can attend a wide variety of regularly scheduled seminars given by research scientists visiting UNMC.
After the first year, students complete the curriculum of the selected doctoral program. Additional course requirements depend upon the >interests and goals of the student and are defined on an individual basis by the student's Supervisory Committee. A comprehensive examination is required for admission to PhD candidacy. After the second year, students spend most of their time performing the PhD thesis research project. The PhD is awarded upon the successful completion of the thesis research dissertation.
There are over 3,700 students at UNMC receiving health sciences related training (MD, Pharmacy, Nursing, Allied Health, etc.). Approximately 531 students are pursuing their PhD in the various research laboratories, with 25 different countries represented. Visit the Student Success website.
Former students who have received their PhD at UNMC currently hold academic positions at a variety of Universities and have positions at a variety of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.
3 year after earning their PhD
- 33% are working in Post-Secondary Education / Teaching
- 32% are pursuing further Training
- 16% are working in Business / Industry
8 years after earning their PhD
- 33% are in working Business / Industry
- 28% are working at a Research University
- 28% are working in Post-Secondary Education / Teaching
15 years after earning their PhD
- 43% are working in Post-Secondary Education / Teaching
- 38% are working in Business / Industry
- 14% are working at a Research University
In a recent survey by the Council of Graduate Schools, of our alumni who responded to the survey,
- 94% have a job related to their PhD training
- 100% felt they were prepared for their current job by their PhD training
The Medical Center
The University of Nebraska Medical Center is the health sciences training and biomedical research university for the state of Nebraska. UNMC employs over 5000 individuals and consists of the Colleges of Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health. The 148 acre UNMC campus is located in the center of Omaha within a five-minute drive of downtown Omaha and the historic Old Market restaurant and entertainment district.
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Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences
University of Nebraska Medical Center
985840 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha NE 68198-5840
Telephone: 402-559-3362 / 800-517-3362