Graduate Program Manager
Offers graduate training in the application of basic biomedical research to diseases of public health interest. The program involves core courses to develop a fundamental understanding of basic cellular and molecular processes and techniques important in the application of basic biomedical research to diseases; laboratory experience to learn how to collect, analyze, interpret, and use data for solving problems; and opportunities to develop skills in communicating research findings through oral and written presentations.
Master of Science
Develops an understanding of applications of molecular biology to public health, epidemiology, and cellular or antigenic analysis, and microbiology or immunology. Develops basic research skills and understanding scientific method. Students fulfill course requirements the first year, then propose and complete a thesis that includes an original research project.
Not currently accepting students into the master's program; however, this remains an option under specific circumstances, such as failure to pass the general examination or changes to academic goals.
Minimum 60 credits
MS Thesis Research Proposal: Completed by the end of the fourth quarter of the first year; should contain the following, in this order:
MS Thesis: Provided to the MS advisory committee two weeks prior to the oral presentation.
MS Oral Presentation and Defense: Formal seminar
Doctor of Philosophy
Develops skills concerning pathogenesis and infection. Also develops familiarity with the paradigms for control, prevention, and treatment; develops an understanding of epidemiology and disease processes; teaches basic methodologies used in this research including relevant areas of molecular biology, bacteriology, cell biology, virology, epidemiology, and biostatistics; and develops familiarity with the major classes of pathogens.
Degree Requirements90 credits minimum
Research facilities are geographically dispersed - faculty offices and laboratories at a number of locations around the Seattle area and the UW campus, to include: Health Sciences Building, Center for Infectious Disease Research, Seattle Children's Research Institute, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Harborview Medical Center Research and Training Building, the Brotman Building (South Lake Union), Infectious Disease Research Institute, Institute for Systems, Biology, and Western Fisheries Research Center.
The department provides a research assistantship that offers a competitive salary, tuition waiver, and health insurance. Students with satisfactory academic progress can anticipate funding for the duration of their studies.