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Study in the Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area (MSIA) is intended for those who wish to pursue individually designed programs of an interdisciplinary nature within the medical sciences leading to the PhD degree. The research focus for MSIA students tends to be clinical or translational in nature. 

Students admitted for Fall 2017 may pursue individual programs of study in immunology, drug metabolism, human genetics, neurological sciences, oral biology, health services research or other fields.  Individually designed programs must be approved by the sub-plan representative, the student's Supervisory Committee, and the MSIA program chair, as well as meeting all degree requirements of the UNMC Graduate College.

Graduate Committee Co-Chairs 

Dr. Laura Bilek and Dr. David Shaw

PhD Curriculum

Coursework

PhD students in the Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area (all sub-plans) must complete at least 9 graduate-level courses that are graded (not pass/fail), only 3 of which may be "introductory" courses (800-level, with 600-level or lower counterparts).

  • Although the student’s Supervisory Committee may require that the student perform non-dissertation research work for credit, or complete special topics or techniques courses, foreign language courses, etc., none of these courses may be used to meet the requirement for 9 graduate level courses.
  • Whether a course is approved as a transfer course to count as 1 of the 9 required courses depends on whether it relates to study focus and must be approved by the Supervisory Committee.

Graduate Committee Co-Chairs 

Dr. Laura Bilek and Dr. David Shaw

MD/PhD Curriculum

Coursework

Upon successful completion of the first two years of the medical school curriculum, the MSIA Graduate Committee will waive any requirement for completing courses in the IGPBS curriculum (IPBS 801, 802, and 803). 

PhD students in the Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area (all sub-plans) must complete at least 9 graduate-level courses that are graded (not pass/fail), only 3 of which may be "introductory" courses (800-level, with 600-level or lower counterparts).

  • Although the student’s Supervisory Committee may require that the student perform non-dissertation research work for credit, or complete special topics or techniques courses, foreign language courses, etc., none of these courses may be used to meet the requirement for 9 graduate level courses.
  • Whether a course is approved as a transfer course to count as 1 of the 9 required courses depends on whether it relates to study focus and must be approved by the Supervisory Committee.