Thomas Jefferson University
PhD Programs

Curriculum


PhD and MD/PhD Programs

Note: Credits for the 910, 920 and 930 Research courses and Electives are variable. Assign credits to Research and/or Electives to equal the target number of credits for each semester.

Year One

FALL SEMESTER (20 CREDITS) CREDITS
GC 550 Foundations in Biomedical Sciences 10
CB 710 Seminar: Research in Progress (RIP), Journal Club (JC) 1
CB 616 Current Topics MCB I: Showcase, Grand Rounds 1
CB 740 Mechanisms of Personalized Medicine (MPM) ** 1
CB 910 Research Variable
SPRING SEMESTERS (30 CREDITS) SEMESTER CREDITS
CB 625 Mechanisms of Development Spring I 3
CB 720 Seminar: RIP, JC Spring I 1
CB 626 Current Topics MCB II: Showcase, Grand Rounds Spring I 1
CB 740 Mechanisms of Personalized Medicine (MPM) ** Spring I N/A
GC 665 Cell Signaling Spring II 4
CB 730 Seminar: RIP, JC Spring II 1
CB 636 Current Topics MCB III: Showcase, Grand Rounds Spring II 1
CB 740 Mechanisms of Personalized Medicine (MPM) ** Spring II N/A
CB 920 Research Spring I - Spring II Variable
SUMMER SEMESTER (10 CREDITS) CREDITS
CB 570 Pathological Aspects of Disease 3
CB 930 Research Variable

Year Two

FALL SEMESTER (20 CREDITS) CREDITS
GC 640 Ethics Case Study Approach *** 1
GC 730 Planning and Writing a Research Grant *** 1
CB 710 Seminar: RIP, JC 1
CB 616 Current Topics MCB I: Showcase, Grand Rounds 1
CB 740 Mechanisms of Personalized Medicine (MPM) ** 1
Elective Variable
CB 910 Research Variable
SPRING SEMESTERS (30 CREDITS) SEMESTER CREDITS
GC 640 Ethics Case Study Approach *** Spring I 1
GC 730 Planning and Writing a Research Grant*** Spring I 1
CB 720 Seminar: RIP, JC Spring I 1
CB 626 Current Topics MCB II: Showcase, Grand Rounds Spring I 1
Elective Spring I Variable
CB 740 Mechanisms of Personalized Medicine (MPM) ** Spring I N/A
GC 660 Statistical Methods Spring II 2
CB 730 Seminar: RIP, JC Spring II 1
CB 636 Current Topics MCB III: Showcase, Grand Rounds Spring II 1
Elective Spring II Variable
CB 740 Mechanisms of Personalized Medicine (MPM) ** Spring II N/A
CB 920 Research Spring I - Spring II Variable

** Register for Mechanisms of Personalized Medicine (MPM)  in the Fall only. The course is worth one credit for the full academic year

*** Option to select course in the Fall or Spring I semester

MD/PhD Program

Year One

COURSE TITLE SEMESTER(S) CREDITS
GC550D Foundations in Biomedical Sciences (Tool Box) Fall 1
GC 640 Research Ethics Fall or Spring I 2
GC 660 Statistical Methods for Data Analysis   2
GC 730 Planning & Writing a Research Grant  Fall or Spring I 1
CB 710, 720, 730 Seminar: Research in Progress (RIP), Journal Club (JC) All 1 each
CB 616, 626, 636 Current Topics MCB I, II, III: Showcase, Grand Rounds All 1 each
CB 740 Mechanisms of Personalized Medicine (MPM) 
Fall
Spring I
Spring II
1 total
CB 910, 920, 930 Research All Variable

Core Curriculum

Certain components of the Core Curriculum may be modified or waived to account for the individual experience and background of the student. Any modifications must be approved by the Program Director. In addition to the required courses, the graduate program and College offer a wide range of additional introductory and upper level courses which are available to students. Additional elective graduate courses are available from among all course offerings within the Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences. The student, in consultation with his/her research advisor, may thus select course offerings that meet specific objectives and/or needs.

Core Courses

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
CB 570 Pathological Aspects of Disease 3
CB 616, 626, 636 Current Topics in MCB I, II,  III 1 each
CB 625 Mechanisms of Development 3
CB 710, 720, 730 Seminar I, II, III 1 each
CB 740 Mechanisms of Personalized Medicine I, II, III 1 each year
CB 920 Research I, II, III Variable
GC 550 Foundations in Biomedical Sciences 10
GC 640 Research Ethics: Case Study Approach 1
GC 665 Cell Signaling 3
GC 660 Statistical Methods for Data Analysis 3
GC 730 Planning and Writing a Research Grant 1

Suggested Elective Courses

COURSE COURSE NAME
BI 535 Metabolism
BI 612 Dynamics of Macromolecules
CB 615 Developmental Embryology
CB 635 Gene Environment Interactions, Birth Defects & Disease
GC 535 Introduction to Genomics and Bioinformatics
GE 612 Genetics of Model Organisms
GE 636 Regulation of Cell Cycle and Apoptosis
GE 637 Advanced Human Genetics
GE 651 Pathobiology of Cancer
GE 652 Molecular Basis of Cancer
NS 725 Topics in Translational Neuroscience
TE 624 Extracellular Matrix

5 Years at a Glance

Year 1: Initial Advisement by Program Director

  • GC 550
  • 3 Lab Rotations
  • Lab rotation summary for each lab
  • Select research adviser and review progress
  • Spring semester courses
  • Seminars    

Year 2: Laboratory Research and Advanced Coursework

  • MD/PhD first year preliminaries
  • Fall Electives
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Formation of Research Committee 

Year 3: Choose Thesis Committee

  • Thesis Proposal
  • Submit faculty composition the CDB Executive Committee for approval
  • Submit committee names to Sharon Egleston

Year 4: Individual Research

  • Seminar presentations
  • Thesis committee meetings twice a year

Year 5: Graduation

  • Thesis Defense
  • Submit Final Thesis and Degree Completion Documents
  • Graduation