PhD in Medical Sciences

You can enroll in a dual degree program to earn your Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)/Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), which prepares you to practice medicine while focusing on a medical sciences research area of your choice. Review the prerequisites for enrolling in these programs, and explore the typical curriculum. Schools offering Biomedical Engineering Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Type of Ph.D. Programs Cover Medical Science?

Most medical science Ph.D programs award a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)/Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). These programs provide the standard training for medical scientists. In such a program, you'll be able develop both as a medical practitioner and as a researcher by gaining practical experience as a physician while completing clinical research. You'll also be able to focus on a specialized area of medical practice with extensive research and scholarly work.

Degree Overview M.D./Ph.D. program with standard training for medical scientists
Prerequisites Bachelor's degree, training in biomedical engineering, background in physical science
Common Courses Clinical medicine, human physiology, epidemiology, molecular biology, public health

What Do I Need to Enroll?

You'll need to earn a bachelor's degree to fulfill pre-medical requirements before you apply to a medical scientist program. Some students decide to apply to a dual program after they've been accepted as medical students. However, admission to all M.D./Ph.D. programs is competitive; many schools accept at least several hundred applications for only a handful of available positions.

M.D./Ph.D. candidates are generally chosen based on their academic potential, background and interest in medical research. You can apply to a medical scientist program from a wide variety of backgrounds. For example, some applicants have an undergraduate degree or other training in biomedical engineering. Others have a background more specific to physical science in general. Your desired area of research will also determine what additional prerequisites you need to meet, if any.

What Can I Expect to Learn About?

Specific coursework you'll complete depends on your specialized focus within an M.D./Ph.D. program. However, as part of your standard training you can expect to complete coursework that addresses human physiology, molecular biology, clinical medicine, epidemiology and public health.

As a graduate student, you'll need to complete lab rotations. These will introduce you to other scientific disciplines and investigatory approaches. You may also need to complete a teaching assistant experience, which usually involves instructing undergraduates. Although you can begin a medical scientist program with a specific area of research in mind, some schools allow you to change your focus after you've been admitted provided that you can find an appropriate opening in your department and adequate research funding.

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  • Capella University

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    • Massachusetts: Medford
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    • California: Loma Linda
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    • New York: New York