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Graduate Education

The WVU School of Medicine provides outstanding training opportunities for students across programs.

  • Students experience a high intensity research environment with access to state-of-the-art research facilities.
  • Beyond the bench, graduate students have the opportunity to participate in scientific teams, develop writing skills, learn about tech transfer, get a first author publication, and achieve excellent placement in a variety of careers.
  • Mentoring is a priority! Our laboratories are small and offer one-on-one interaction between the faculty advisor and student.
  • Students can participate in experiential learning to help inform their research questions and career development.

Our graduate students are our ambassadors to the world demonstrating the excellence achievable at WVU.


Biomedical Sciences (Ph.D.)

In the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program, you will enter as an undifferentiated student and take core coursework as well as conduct at least three research rotations during your first semester. You will have the opportunity to select a graduate program from one of seven Ph.D. degree-granting programs and a faculty dissertation mentor during the first semester of study.

Clinical and Translational Sciences (Certificate)

Develop the next generation of clinical and translational scientists through educational and mentored, research training. The Certificate program provides the core competencies for clinical and translational research: biostatistics, epidemiology, and responsible conduct of research, culminating with a clinical research practicum. These core courses lay the foundation for advanced training described for the M.S. in Clinical and Translational Science.

Clinical and Translational Sciences (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. program in clinical and translational sciences has been developed in response to the fundamental changes taking place in biomedical science research and education in North America and worldwide, and will consist of a set of core, required courses and research experiences in basic, population, and clinical sciences. This program consists of 99 credit hours and is intended for full time students. Students completing this program will be well prepared to develop academic, research careers in clinical and translational science, careers in government organizations, and / or careers in the private sector (e.g., drug companies, biomedical research companies etc.).

Exercise Physiology (M.S.)

The Clinical Track M.S. program in exercise physiology gives laboratory experience that prepares students for careers in adult fitness, hospital or corporate-based wellness programs, or cardiac rehabilitation. The Thesis Track M.S. program in exercise physiology gives students medical and scientific knowledge to prepare them for advanced research intensive or professional careers.

M.D./Ph.D. Training Program

The M.D./Ph.D. Training Program will prepare you for an academic career that combines the practice and teaching of clinical medicine with investigation of mechanisms of disease. The goal is to train you to be a clinician/scientist conducting independent and collaborative research in areas of importance to human health. The average completion time for the M.D./Ph.D. degree is 7.9 years.

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