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Ph.D. Programs

The School of Medicine provides a broad range of Ph.D. training opportunities in basic through applied biomedical and social sciences, public health, translational research and other areas. Although each program is unique, all students pursuing Ph.D. degrees complete coursework and an independent research project leading to a dissertation under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Graduates of our doctoral programs are well positioned for national and international positions as postdoctoral scientists in academia and industry, scientific publishing, higher education and numerous other areas requiring highly skilled, critically thinking, creative leaders.

Please see the individual programs below for specific information about doctoral training opportunities in the VCU School of Medicine. Note that programs in green are part of the VCU Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal and have a common admissions process.

  

*Curriculum associated with several of the Programs indicated on the left.

Financial Support, Tuition & Fees

PhD Financial Support Admitted Ph.D. applicants receive offers of financial support in the form of assistantships that typically include a stipend/salary, which is set by the School of Medicine at a foundational level of $27,000 per year. This amount includes funds to defray the costs of health insurance. Additionally, financial support covers tuition and fees for both Virginia-resident and non-resident students. Students with assistantships continue to receive support as long as they remain in good academic standing and make satisfactory progress toward completion of their degrees.

Appropriately enrolled U.S. citizens and permanent residents might be eligible for financial aid. For more information, please contact the VCU School of Medicine Financial Aid Office.

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Apply

Prospective Ph.D. students (except applicants to Epidemiology, Healthcare Policy and Research, and Social and Behavioral Sciences; see below) must apply on-line through the VCU Office of Graduate Admissions. To apply on-line, please:

  • Follow the instructions at VCU Graduate Admissions
  • Create your account in the application system
  • Set the School and Program Level filters to "School of Medicine" and "Doctoral"
  • Select the Program or Programs of interest as indicated in the table below
  • Complete the application(s)

To apply to

Select

Biochemistry

Biochemistry - Doctoral Portal or

Biomedical Sciences - Undifferentiated - Doctoral Portal

Human Genetics

Human Genetics - Doctoral Portal or

Biomedical Sciences - Undifferentiated - Doctoral Portal

Microbiology and Immunology

Microbiology and Immunology - Doctoral Portal or

Biomedical Sciences - Undifferentiated - Doctoral Portal

Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology and Genetics - Doctoral Portal or

Biomedical Sciences - Undifferentiated - Doctoral Portal

Neuroscience

Neuroscience - Doctoral Portal or

Biomedical Sciences - Undifferentiated - Doctoral Portal

Pharmacology and Toxicology

Pharmacology and Toxicology- Doctoral Portal or

Biomedical Sciences - Undifferentiated - Doctoral Portal

Physiology and Biophysics

Physiology and Biophysics - Doctoral Portal or

Biomedical Sciences - Undifferentiated - Doctoral Portal

Biostatistics

Biostatistics or

Biostatistics-Genomic Biostatistics

Medical Physics

Medical Physics

The first seven Ph.D. options have a common admissions process organized by the Biomedical Science Doctoral Portal.

 

To apply to Epidemiology, Healthcare Policy and Research, and Social and Behavioral Sciences, please click on "more information".

To apply to

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Epidemiology

more information

Healthcare Policy and Research

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Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Contacts

Please contact the individuals below for additional information about each Ph.D. program.

Program

Contact

Biochemistry

Tomasz Kordula, Ph.D.
Program Director
804-828-0771
E-mail: tomasz.kordula@vcuhealth.org

Biostatistics

Russ Boyle, M.A. 
Program Director
804-828-9824
E-mail: russell.boyle@vcuhealth.org

Epidemiology

Lisa S. Anderson, MPH
Director of Educational Programs
804-628-2512 
E-mail: lisa.s.anderson@vcuhealth.org

Health Care Policy Research

Kate Grant, M.S.
Program Coordinator
804-828-5329
E-mail: kate.grant@vcuhealth.org

Human Genetics

Rita Shiang, Ph.D.
Program Director
804-628-4083
E-mail: rita.shiang@vcuhealth.org

Medical Physics

William Song, Ph.D.
Program Director
804-628-3457
E-mail: william.song@vcuhealth.org

Microbiology and Immunology

Lisa Shock, Ph.D.
Program Director
804-828-9716
E-mail: lisa.shock@vcuhealth.org

Molecular Biology and Genetics

Michael McVoy, Ph.D.
Program Director
804-828-1739
E-mail: michael.mcvoy@vcuhealth.org

Neuroscience

John Bigbee, Ph.D.
Program Director
804-828-0948
E-mail: john.bigbee@vcuhealth.org

Pharmacology and Toxicology

Hamid I. Akbarali, Ph.D.
Program Director
804-828-8400
E-mail: hamid.akbarali@vcuhealth.org

Physiology and Biophysics

Christina I. Kyrus, M.B.A.
Program Coordinator
804-628-5506
E-mail: cikyrus@vcu.edu

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Kate Grant, M.S.
Program Coordinator
804-828-5329
E-mail: kate.grant@vcuhealth.org