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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

All prospective Ph.D. students (except for applicants to Epidemiology) must apply on-line through the VCU Office of Graduate Admissions by following this link. In the on-line application within the “Intended Program of Study” section, make the following selections:

  • Entry Term--FALL YYYY
  • Intended level of study--Doctoral (PhD and EdD)
  • Planned Course of Study as indicated below:

Program

Planned Course of Study

Biochemistry

Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal - School of Medicine -PhD

Human Genetics

Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal - School of Medicine -PhD

Microbiology and Immunology

Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal - School of Medicine -PhD

Molecular Biology and Genetics

Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal - School of Medicine -PhD

Neuroscience

Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal - School of Medicine -PhD

Pharmacology and Toxicology

Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal - School of Medicine -PhD

Physiology and Biophysics

Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal - School of Medicine -PhD

Biostatistics

Biostatistics - PhD
Biostatistics w/ concentration  in Genomic Biostatistics - PhD

Epidemiology

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Health Care Policy Research

Healthcare Policy and Research - PhD

Medical Physics

Medical Physics - PhD

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Social and Behavioral Sciences - PhD

 

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

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

Human Genetics

Rita Shiang, Ph.D.
Program Director
804-628-4083

E-mail: rita.shiang@vcuhealth.org

Microbiology and Immunology

Cynthia N. Cornelissen, Ph.D.
Program Director
804-827-1754
E-mail: cynthia.cornelissen@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

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

Biostatistics

Russ Boyle, M.A. 
Program Director
804-828-9824

E-mail: russ.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

Medical Physics

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

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Kate Grant, M.S.
Program Coordinator
804-828-5329

E-mail: kate.grant@vcuhealth.org