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Academic Programs

DSCF2729.JPGThe Biomedical Research Education and Training department within the School of Medicine administers many programs in the biomedical and biological sciences. Please review the many academic program offerings available.

PhD Programs
MD/PhD Programs
AUD Program
Master’s Programs
International Scholar Program
Certificate Program
Opportunities for Undergraduates

PhD Programs


  • Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D./Ph.D.) is a joint endeavor between the School of Medicine and the Graduate School. The program trains leaders in academic medicine by providing a strong core education in medicine adn intensive training in scientific inquiry. Successful completion of the program leads to both the MD and PhD degrees.
  • MSTP-Clinical Investigation Track (M.D./Ph.D.) Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has a long and distinguished history of advancing the science and practice of medicine and preparing scholars for clinical and translational research. The central goal of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is to train leaders in academic medicine, utilizing a program based on solid clinical and research training.


  • The Audiology Doctoral Degree Program (Au.D.) program is administered through the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. The program is a four-year post-baccalaureate degree which replaced the Master of Science degree as the requirement for the entry-level practitioner of audiology.


  • Biomedical Informatics (M.S.) Biomedical Informatics is the interdisciplinary science of acquiring, structuring, analyzing and providing access to biomedical data, information and knowledge. As an academic discipline, biomedical informatics is grounded in the principles of computer science, information science, cognitive science, social science, and engineering, as well as the clinical and basic biological sciences.
  • Biostatistics (M.S.) Students completing a MS are required to demonstrate a pattern of competency in the five skill areas, (1) theory, (2) application, (3) critical thinking, (4) communication (verbal and written), and (5) computing. This will be accomplished through two years of satisfactory coursework, one set of written comprehensive examinations, participation in Departmental clinics, seminars, interdisciplinary collaborations, thesis writing and a departmental seminar.
  • Clinical Investigation (M.S.) A master’s program designed to train investigators in the techiques and processes utilized in patient-oriented research. Trainees develop a strong foundation in study design, biostatistics, biomedical ethics, clinical pharmacology, human genetics, and assay methods.
  • Education of the Deaf Program (M.D.E.) is a one- to two-year program emphasizes the training needed to develop spoken language and auditory skills in deaf and hard-of-hearing children.
  • Laboratory Investigation (M.L.I.) Master of Laboratory Investigation provides Vanderbilt research assistants the scientific, technical, and managerial skills necessary to advance the research goals of the institution. The curriculum and degree requirements are designed to develop the skills of students to be an independent research investigator.
  • Medical Physics (M.S.) An interdisciplinary program leading to the MS degree in Medical Physics with a specialty in Radiological Medical Physics. Medical Physics is an applied branch of physics that is devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease.
  • Public Health (M.P.H.) Master of Public Health is for physicians or doctoral-level health care professionals. A two-year program that provides training for clinical and patient-oriented researchers who will conduct non-experimental studies or clinical trials with large sample sizes.
  • Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) The M.S.-SLP program provides academic and clinical education leading to the Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The program spans two academic years (20 to 24 months).


  • The HHMI/VUMC Certificate Program in Molecular Medicine is a unique training program available to graduate students in the Biomedical Sciences at Vanderbilt University which allows for integration of thesis work with important clinical, disease-based areas. A supervised experience, including didactic and experiential courses, seminars and individual experiences, under the guidance of a clinical mentor and basic science mentor, culminates in the conferral of the Certificate in Molecular Medicine.


  • Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy (VSSA) The Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy (VSSA) offers biomedical research opportunities to undergraduates who want to pursue a career in the biomedical sciences. There are two major tracks within the VSSA; the Basic Science Programs for undergraduates interested in careers in research, and the Undergraduate Clinical Research Internship Program for undergraduates who wish to pursue a career in medicine.