Students pursuing a TBMH Ph.D. degree must earn a minimum of 100 credit hours beyond the B. S. degree.  Students will engage in research rotations throughout year 1, while completing most of their core coursework, and will commit to a thesis research lab at the end of year 1. Students will take an intensive “Gateway” course (TBMH 5004, 8 credits) in semester 1, where they will learn the fundamentals of biomedicine, physiological systems, and translational science. They will then select a focus area in semester 2 and take an equally intensive “Fundamentals” course (8 credits) covering in depth the fundamentals of that focus area, with heavy emphasis on translational exemplars and case studies. The six focus areas are: Neuroscience; Cancer; Health Implementation Science; Metabolic and Cardiovascular Science; Immunity and Infectious Disease; and Development, Aging, and Repair. Students will continue a core curriculum in parallel with their focus-area-specific coursework, which includes professional development, ethics, seminars and scientific analysis, as well as program retreats and presentations. In total, students will take 31 credits of core coursework, 3 credits quantitative requirement, 3 credits of free electives, and 63 credits of dissertation research.

Year 1
Fall Spring
TBMH 5004 Translational Biology, Medicine, & Health 8 cr TBMH 50X4 Fundamentals of (Focus Area) 8 cr
TBMH 5105 Professional Development & Ethics 2 cr TBMH 5106 Professional Development & Ethics 2 cr
TBMH 5204 Seminar in TBMH 1 cr
(P/F)
TBMH 5204 Seminar in TBMH 1 cr
(P/F)
TBMH 5304 Research Experience in TBMH 3 cr
(P/F)
TBMH 5304 Research Experience in TBMH 3 cr
(P/F)
    14 cr     14 cr
Year 2
Fall Spring
  Quantitative Elective 3 cr   Free Elective 3 cr
TBMH 5204 Seminar in TBMH 1 cr
(P/F)
TBMH 5204 Seminar in TBMH 1 cr
(P/F)
TBMH 5404 Scientific Logic and Analysis 1 cr TBMH 7994 Research and Dissertation 8 cr
TBMH 7994 Research and Dissertation 7 cr      
    12 cr     12 cr
Year 3
Fall Spring
TBMH 5204 Seminar in TBMH 0 cr TBMH 5204 Seminar in TBMH 0 cr
TBMH 7994 Research and Dissertation 12 cr TBMH 7994 Research and Dissertation 12 cr
    12 cr     12 cr
Year 4
Fall Spring
TBMH 5204 Seminar in TBMH 0 cr TBMH 5204 Seminar in TBMH 0 cr
TBMH 7994 Research and Dissertation 12 cr TBMH 7994 Research and Dissertation 12 cr
    12 cr     12 cr

Total 100 credits

Focus Area Fundamentals courses

TBMH 5014 Fundamentals of Neuroscience 8 credits
TBMH 5024 Fundamentals of Cancer 8 credits
TBMH 5034 Fundamentals of Health Implementation Science 8 credits
TBMH 5044 Fundamentals of Metabolism and Cardiovascular Science 8 credits
TBMH 5054 Fundamentals of Immunity and Infectious Disease 8 credits
TBMH 5064 Fundamentals of Development, Aging, and Repair 8 credits