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Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology

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Ph.D. Degree Requirements

All general requirements for the Ph.D. as defined by the University of Kansas must be met. Students must complete the IGPBS core curriculum or its equivalent (as determined by departmental graduate adviosry committee). In addition, students must take PATH 804 Selected Topics in Signal Tranduction (1 credit hour) each year before the successful completion of the comprehensive examination; PATH 805 Seminars in Pathology (1 credit hour) each year until the successful completion of the doctoral program; and 1 credit hour of a course directly related to grant writing and submission. Students must complete a minimum of 5 credit hours of advanced graduate course work in fields related to molecular and cellular biology and experimental pathology (including PATH 804).

Recommended courses include but are not limited to the following (other course work may be assigned on the recommendation of the student’s graduate student advisory committee):

  • PATH 803 Stem Cell Biology
  • PATH 806 Epigenetics
  • PATH 939 Carcinogenesis and Cancer Biology
  • ANAT 868 Advanced Developmental Biology
  • PHSL 834 Reproductive Physiology
  • BCHM 922 Advanced Molecular Genetics
  • PATH 912 Advanced Topics (Credit hours are defined by the student’s mentor. No more than 3 credit hours are possible each semester.)

Students must complete the comprehensive oral examination successfully. Before scheduling the comprehensive oral examination, the student must meet the research skills and responsible scholarship requirement of the university.

Pathology Ph.D. students meet these requirements during their IGPBS year of study by taking GSMC 857 Biographics, GSMC 852/GSMC 855 Introduction to Biomedical Research I and II, and GSMC 856 Introduction to Research Ethics.

The student must defend the dissertation successfully as determined by the student’s advisory committee.

All students participating in graduate training offered by the University of Kansas Medical Center’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine are required to publish in a peer-reviewed scientific journal before completion of the degree. The journal and its impact factor is subject to the approval of the student’s mentor.

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