The Graduate School of Medicine promotes and conducts leading-edge research in the life and health sciences, medicine, and nursing. Our research and education programs encompass all fields of medicine and produce graduates who assume their roles as international leaders with creativity and high ethical standards. Our thirteen departments offer doctoral degree programs in medicine and health sciences, a master's degree program, and a professional degree program.
The “Ph.D. in Medicine” is offered in nine specializations: (1) Molecular Cell Biology, (2) Functional Biology, and (3) Social Medicine, in basic medicine; (4) Internal Medicine, (5) Reproductive, Developmental, and Aging Sciences, and (6) Surgical Sciences, in clinical medicine; and (7) Pathology, Immunology, and Microbiology, (8) Radiology and Biomedical Engineering, and (9) Neuroscience, which are multidisciplinary programs with basic and clinical components. The “Ph.D. in Medicine” program is open to students from a wide range of backgrounds. Specializations in basic medicine are suitable for all graduate students, regardless of their undergraduate degree. The clinical specializations are designed for students with a medical license, but applicants with suitable interests and educational goals will be considered.
The “Ph.D. in Health Sciences” is offered by the Department of Health Sciences and Nursing and Department of International Health. The Department of Health Sciences and Nursing provides research and training opportunities for students interested in the multidisciplinary study of human health and nursing, and offers training for nurse practitioners. The School of International Health contributes to research on concerns related to population health worldwide. To accomplish this, it leverages international cooperation in academic disciplines ranging from the biomedical sciences to social medicine. This unique program transcends degree and departmental boundaries.
The Department of Medical Science offers a two-year master's degree program for a diverse pool of students. Students learn the principles of basic medicine during six months of coursework, after which they are assigned to a basic medicine laboratory to improve their research skills. After graduation, those who desire further study may enroll in the “Ph.D. in Medicine” program.
In 2007, the School of Public Health started its professional degree program for specialists in public health. This program is designed to produce graduates who will lead in maintaining and enhancing public health, improving the health of patients, and developing and implementing social systems that contribute to public health.