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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Medical Sciences (MSG)
with a Concentration in Molecular Medicine (MLM)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 26.9999
College of Medicine (MD)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 90
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 60

Contact Information:
College of Medicine
Medical Sciences Department (MED)
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC Box 40 MDC40
Tampa FL  33612

Program Director or Coordinator:
Michael Barber
Phone: 813-974-9702
Email: mbarber@health.usf.edu

Website: http://www.health.usf.edu/medicine/graduatestudies


Faculty Search: Medicine Faculty List


Major Information

The major is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge in the basic medical sciences, while preparing them for careers as effective and knowledgeable teachers, as well as productive and versatile researchers. To meet these objectives, students take courses in the medical sciences and related areas, participate in seminars, and receive individual research training. Departmental advisory committees counsel the entering students in planning their first year curriculum. In addition to course work and participation in seminars, first year students are expected to become familiar with ongoing research in their chosen department; when possible, they are encouraged to work on a part-time basis as research assistants in their department. Once the student selects a major professor, a formal dissertation committee is appointed. The dissertation committee assists the student in planning the research and course of study, evaluates the student's progress, supervises the comprehensive examination, and conducts the final dissertation defense.

By the end of the second year, a student has usually completed sufficient course work and met the other research requirements to take the comprehensive qualifying examination. Successful completion of this examination leads to formal admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree. The final phase of the major emphasizes research and independent study and leads to a written dissertation. The Ph.D. degree is awarded upon successful completion and oral defense of the dissertation. Departments within the College of Medicine may have additional requirements that pertain to their respective training program. Contact the department for information.

Major Research Areas
Allergy, Immunology, and Infectious Diseases; Cancer Biology; Cardiovascular Research; Neuroscience & Neurodegenerative Diseases; Diabetes/Metabolic Disorders

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: February 1
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university
  • Minimum overall grade-point average of 3.0 out of a possible 4.0 with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in the sciences
  • Graduate Record Examination (preferred at the 70th percentile or above); the GRE may be waived with MCAT scores and Graduate Director approval.
  • Completed pre-requisites in:
    • General biology (1 year)
    • General chemistry (1 year)
    • General physics (1 year)
    • Organic chemistry (1 year)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Personal Interview
  • One-two page personal statement
  • Research experience preferred

Application Procedures
Please refer to http://health.usf.edu/medicine/graduatestudies/phd/apply_phd.htm

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Degree requirements are individualized according to research interests and goals. Ninety credit (90) hours minimum including 24 minimum directed research hours.

REQUIRED COURSES

Credits

CORE REQUIREMENTS (minimum)

2

GMS 6001
GMS 6091
GMS 6094
GMS 6002
BCH 6935
GMS 6942
Foundation in Biomedical Sciences
Responsible Conduct in Research
Experimental Design & Analysis
Success Skills for the Biomedical Science Researcher
Grant Writing & Scientific Communication
Laboratory Rotations in Biomedical Sciences
6
1
3
1
2
1-3

Each student shall complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of didactic course work (excluding journal clubs, seminars, laboratory rotations, directed research, etc.). In addition to the required courses listed above (13 credit hours), the student shall fulfill the 24 credit hour minimum by completing coursework in their chosen concentration. The student will work with his/her advisory and dissertation committees to choose appropriate courses from the course list for their chosen concentration.


CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS

ALLERGY, IMMUNOLOGY & INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Research and education in the Ph.D. in Medical Sciences major, concentration in Allergy, Immunology & Infectious Disease is focused on interdisciplinary approaches to the study of how the immune system functions properly to rid the body of foreign pathogens and how the immune system can go awry in autoimmunity. The process by which microbes interact with the host to cause disease is also a focus of this program.

ANATOMY

BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY - Closed for admissions; not accepting applications

CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death, in the United States Atherosclerotic coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, diseases of the heart muscle, electrical disturbances of the heart rhythm, high blood pressure, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease all contribute to this morbidity. According to current estimates, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and stoke affect nearly 58 million Americans. The USF Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Cardiovascular Research is a comprehensive program that brings together resources in heart care, research and education to fight against cardiovascular disease. Clinicians and researchers at USF are working to improve our knowledge of cardiovascular disease in order to develop new methods of prevention and treatment that will make a difference in the lives of patients with cardiovascular disorders.

MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY AND IMMUNOLOGY - Closed for admissions; not accepting applications

MOLECULAR MEDICINE
Research and education in the Ph.D. in Medical Sciences major, concentration in Molecular Medicine is focused on interdisciplinary approaches to the study of bacteriology, biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology and virology as it relates to human health and disease such as allergy and immune dysfunction, cancer, cardiovascular disorders, infectious diseases and inheritable defects. Training will include a unique interdisciplinary blend of didactic coursework, journal clubs, seminar series, as well as significant research experience.

MOLECULAR PHARMACOLOGY & PHYSIOLOGY
Research and education in the Ph.D. in Medical Sciences major, concentration in Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology is focused on interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the nervous and cardiovascular systems and related disorders, including Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders, cardiovascular disease and stroke, diabetes, and neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression and drug addiction. Training will include a unique interdisciplinary blend of didactic coursework, journal clubs, seminar series, as well as significant research experience.

NEUROSCIENCE
Research and education in the Ph.D. in Medical Sciences major, concentration in Neuroscience is focused on interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the nervous systems and related disorders, including Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders, stroke, and neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression and drug addiction. Areas of expertise include biochemistry and cellular and molecular neuroscience, neural systems and computational neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience, developmental neuroscience, neuroimmunology, and neuropsychopharmacology, among others. Students are encouraged to carry out research during their entire period of study. Training will include a unique interdisciplinary blend of didactic coursework, journal clubs, seminar series, as well as significant research experience. The interdisciplinary structure permits considerable flexibility in training; each student's training is tailored to meet individual requirements.

PATHOLOGY & CELL BIOLOGY
Research and education in the Ph.D. in Medical Sciences major, concentration in Pathology & Cell Biology is focused on interdisciplinary approaches to the study of cancer, reproductive pathobiology, neurological disease & injury and related diseases, including cancer biology, angiogenesis and morphogenesis, gene discovery, neurobiology, cell biology and new educational technologies.

PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY MEDICINE

PHARMACOLOGY AND THERAPEUTICS

PHYSIOLOGY AND BIOPHYSICS


MINIMUM TOTAL CREDITS

90

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College Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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