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2017-2018 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 23, 2024
2017-2018 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bioengineering, MD/PhD

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MD/PhD Requirements

The MD/PhD program supports well-integrated basic and clinical science pre-doctoral training program. The training program links 17 PhD programs in six graduate schools within the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. It is important to keep in mind that MD/PhD students are working toward TWO degrees, not just “two for the price of one”. However, it is recognized that some relaxation of the requirements is appropriate for these students. For example. students in the MD/PhD program exceed the basic life science requirements for the Bioengineering PhD program. However, MD/PhD students cannot use their MD courses to opt out of the advanced engineering/math course requirements for the PhD.

The course requirements for the MD/PhD in Bioengineering include the following:

  • Graduate Engineering Mathematics-3 credits (from list of approved math courses)
  • Statistics for Bioengineers-3 credits (from list of approved statistics courses)
  • Track Courses-9 credits (from menu of courses for specific track)
  • Graduate Electives-6 credits
  • Teaching Practicum-2 credits
  • Bioengineering Seminar-6 credits, 4 credits must be the Bioengineering Seminar
  • Grant Writing in Bioengineering - 1 credits
  • Doctoral Dissertation Research - 42 credits

Total number of credit hours: 72 credits (plus the credits associated with the remedial courses, as applicable).

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