Biomedical Sciences, PhD

Mercer University School of Medicine’s newest academic program is a PhD in Biomedical Sciences. This research-based graduate program is designed to train students to be competitive for jobs in academia or industry by providing broad scientific expertise, teaching experience, and excellence in communication and professionalism.

Throughout the program, students work closely with research faculty to develop their scientific knowledge, research practices, and communication skills. The PhD in Biomedical Sciences engages students and faculty in meaningful scientific research through a dissertation process in which students will build knowledge and develop projects that expand a field of biomedical research. This process prepares students to think critically and to become effective scientific communicators, which is needed for future success in the biomedical sciences field. The program will also provide opportunities for graduate trainees to teach graduate and medical students to prepare for future positions in academia.

Students choose to pursue their research on our Columbus, Macon, or Savannah campus based on their research interests.

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The Biomedical Sciences PhD program director hosts seasonal virtual information sessions. Join us for a 30-minute Zoom call to learn how our program will provide you with the tools to succeed in a biomedical career. Sign up for an upcoming session below.


Program Highlights

  • Small class sizes. PhD students benefit from a small faculty-to-student ratio, allowing them access to their professors for academic support, professional guidance, and specialized research opportunities. The small class sizes also create an atmosphere of cooperation and encouragement essential to working in a laboratory setting.
  • Teaching experience. Students will gain invaluable instructional experience as a teaching assistant in the School’s Master of Science and Doctor of Medicine programs, an opportunity unique among regional PhD programs.
  • Financial support. Students in the Biomedical Sciences PhD program benefit from a scholarship that covers 100% of annual tuition and a $25,000 annual stipend to assist with living expenses while pursuing their degree.
  • Access to high-level research. Mercer is classified as an R2 doctoral university, giving students numerous opportunities to participate in high-quality biomedical, clinical, and population health research. This classification allows Mercer School of Medicine to attract top-notch faculty who are leaders in their fields.

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