Academic Programs


Explore the links below to learn more about programs in the biomedical and biological sciences at Vanderbilt.

PHD PROGRAMS
  • Biomedical Informatics (Ph.D.) 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 (Ph.D.) Biostatistics graduate program emphasizes modern statistical thought and features the foundations of statistical inference, a topic of critical importance. The program aims to strike a balance between theoretical rigor, methodological proficiency, and functional aptitude. There is a strong emphasis on reproducible, validated research and how to achieve this from a statistical perspective.
  • Epidemiology (Ph.D.) Epidemiology at Vanderbilt emphasizes training in advanced quantitative methods with strong roots in logic and causal inference. We engage students immediately as active collaborators in multidiciplinary research teams, focus on analysis of observational data, and encourage scholarly productivity throughout training. The Ph.D. is based in The Institute for Medicine and Public Health with more than 127 researchers here who excel in large-scale collaborative research with basic and applied scientists worldwide focused on protecting and improving human health.
  • Hearing and Speech Sciences (Ph.D.) The Ph.D. program in Hearing and Speech Sciences is administered through the Vanderbilt University Graduate School. The program emphasizes preparation for research and teaching careers in audiology, speech-language pathology, and hearing or speech science. Doctoral education and training is integrated with the federally-sponsored research programs of faculty members.
  • Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (Ph.D.) The Vanderbilt Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) is an NIH-funded program geared toward students who contribute to diversity, are strongly committed to obtaining a Ph.D. in biomedical research and want to enter a first rate graduate program.
  • Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in the Biological Sciences (Ph.D.) The IGP is for students interested in pursuing a PhD in the basic biomedical or biological science departments. Participating programs and departments include Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Cancer Biology, Cell & Developmental Biology, Cell and Molecular Pathology, Chemical & Physical Biology, Human Genetics, Microbiology & Immunology, Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, Neuroscience, and Pharmacology
  • Quantitative and Chemical Biology (Ph.D.) Quantitative and Chemical Biology is a PhD track, multidisciplinary program introducing elements of biology to students who wish to pursue a doctoral degree at the interface of the chemical, physical, and biological sciences. The curriculum prepares students for research careers in any area of biomedical research, and many students choose to work in interdisciplinary fields such as chemical biology, structural biology, imaging sciences, molecular and cellular biophysics, or systems biology. Participating programs and departments include Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Cancer Biology, Cell & Developmental Biology, Cell and Molecular Pathology, Chemical & Physical Biology, Chemistry, Human Genetics, Mathematics, Microbiology & Immunology, Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, Neuroscience, and Pharmacology, Physics
MD/PHD PROGRAMS
  • Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D./Ph.D.) 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.
AUD PROGRAM
  • Audiology Doctoral Degree Program (Au.D.) The Doctor of Audiology (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.
MASTER'S PROGRAMS
  • 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.) This 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).
INTERNATIONAL SCHOLAR PROGRAM
CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
  • The HHMI/VUMC Certificate Program in Molecular Medicine A unique training program available to graduate students in the Biomedical Sciences at Vanderbilt University allowing 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.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
  • 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.
  • Vanderbilt International Summer Research Academy (VISRA) VISRA is a summer program designed specifically for undergraduate-level non-US citizen students who are interested in careers in biomedical research. Participants will gain valuable research experience, and will also learn more about PhD studies at U.S. Universities. Seminars will help students understand what to expect when applying for PhD programs in order to become more competitive applicants for top programs.