About Us

Maximum Opportunities:
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 Seminars

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.

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:

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.

Subsequent Training

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.

Student Group

There are over 3,700 students at UNMC receiving health sciences related training (MD, Pharmacy, Nursing, Allied Health, etc.). Approximately 475 students are pursuing their PhD in the various research laboratories; and 41% of these students are women. Visit the Student Services website.

Student Outcomes

Former students who have received their PhD's at UNMC currently hold academic positions at a variety of Universities and have positions at a variety of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

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 5000 individuals and consists of the Colleges of Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy. 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.

Correspondence and Information

Kimberly Rothgeb
IGPBS Coordinator
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
Fax: 402-559-5368

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