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Education in the biomedical sciences today does not easily fit within traditional Departmental boundaries.

At the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, seven Graduate Departments and Programs have created a first year interdisciplinary curriculum (GPiBS) to prepare students for career choices in the biomedical sciences.

The Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences represents a collaborative effort on behalf of the basic science departments and programs at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

Students admitted to GPiBS enroll in the uniform fall curriculum, which includes four sequential courses that cover basic elements of each participating program. During the spring semester, students enroll in a number of modular courses offered by the departments and programs, and choose among a variety of different specialty areas.

During both semesters, students also participate in 8-week long lab rotations with faculty mentors of their choice. Three such rotations are required, though four rotation sessions are available. GPiBS students will spend their mornings in class and their afternoons in the lab getting hands-on experience. This allows the students ample time in a variety of labs to make an educated decision on which graduate program and mentor they wish to complete their Ph.D. studies with. This decision is made at the end of the spring semester.

Benefits to the GPiBS program include no application fees, a $26,000 yearly stipend, health insurance, access to the student health and wellness clinic, and access to the student fitness club. All students who are in good academic standing, meet the requirements of the program, and attend all mandatory functions will keep these benefits throughout their time in graduate school at OUHSC.

The interdisciplinary nature of this program combines the expertise of over 120 participating faculty from seven departments and programs and provides students with the breadth of knowledge and technical acumen that is highly sought in today's competitive job market.

Students will graduate with a PhD degree from one of the participating programs to prepare them for careers in academic or government research, teaching, biotechnology, pharmaceutical industry, health management, science administration, regulatory offices, patent law, science policy , science communication.

Below is a list of the available PhD programs GPiBS students can choose from after completing their first year in GPiBS:











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Program Contacts

M. Caleb Marlin, PhD
Assistant-Director, Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences
(405) 271-2489

Eric Howard, PhD
Director, Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences
(405) 271-8001 Ext. 45530



Jennifer Schlegel
Coordinator, Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences
(405) 271-2406

GPiBS Address

Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences
940 Stanton L Young Blvd.
BMSB 332
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
(405) 271-2406