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2023-24 Academic Catalog

Doctor of clinical laboratory sciences.

The Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science (DCLS) is the terminal practice degree for the Clinical Laboratory Science profession. This degree provides an opportunity for advanced practice in multiple venues including clinical institutions, reference laboratories, physician practices, industry, public health agencies, government facilities, and academic institutions. Clinical Laboratory Science professionals holding the DCLS will provide a critical interface between practice, research, and health care policy. They will assure the effective and appropriate utilization of laboratory tests and information by eliminating unnecessary tests and ordering tests that should have been ordered but were not. This will result in decreased costs, earlier diagnosis, and improved patient outcomes.

The three-year, full-time program consists of a minimum of 76 credit hours divided between advanced theory courses (core curriculum), research, and a one-year clinical residency. Course delivery may include face-to-face, online, and hybrid formats.  The core curriculum may be completed as a distance learning program and on a full-time or part-time basis.   However, the residency component requires full-time attendance at a clinical affiliate. 

The core curriculum is designed to advance the foundational knowledge of the bachelor's-level medical laboratory scientist in the areas of hematology, clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, immunohematology, clinical immunology, and molecular diagnostics. The core curriculum also includes clinical correlations, evidence-based medicine, and interprofessional practice.  Information gained from this course work is integrated with knowledge from other disciplines in health care such as health policy and management, pharmacology, health care education, public health and epidemiology, and advanced pathophysiology.

Research is a component of this program and students will be expected to complete research projects over the course of the program culminating in a capstone project suitable for publication.  Research projects will advance practice in clinical laboratory medicine, such as the development and implementation of diagnostic and interpretive algorithms, clinical practice guidelines, and collaborative interprofessional patient care.  

The one-year clinical residency will provide immersion in the workings of the health care system by integrating the resident into patient care alongside physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals in clinical practice environments at program affiliates. During the residency, the students will work with management, laboratory staff, physicians, nurses, and other members of the healthcare team to provide guidance in laboratory utilization and interpretation thereby optimizing patient outcomes. The residency focuses on laboratory test selection and result interpretation. In addition to the direct learning by the resident, he or she can educate the patient and the other members of the health care team on the proper utilization of lab tests, correct specimen requirements, and interfering factors affecting results. 

Graduates of this program will be prepared to act as consultants to health care providers, serve as laboratory directors, educate patients and health care providers, perform and disseminate research on evidence-based practice and test utilization, and enter academic positions.

The DCLS curriculum addresses the competencies established for the profession by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science Oversight Committee and NAACLS accreditation guidelines for the DCLS. 

Admission to the doctorate in clinical laboratory science program is a competitive application process. Applications are submitted online.  Applications and supporting materials are reviewed, and qualified applicants are invited for a personal interview. Detailed instructions on how to apply are posted on the doctorate in clinical laboratory science program website. Students are admitted for the fall semester only. Applications for the fall semester must be received by March 1 for first consideration.

 In order to be considered for admission into this program, the following are required:

Completed prerequisite course work

  • Bachelor's degree in a life science (e.g., biochemistry, biology, cell biology, clinical laboratory science, microbiology, molecular biosciences etc.) must be completed prior to enrollment in the program. 
  • A NAACLS-accredited MLS/MT program must be completed (or equivalent).  Applicants holding MLS(ASCP) certification through Route 2 are eligible to apply if having completed a NAACLS-accredited or military MLT program.

Grade point average

  • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale is required. 
  • For applicants who transferred credits into their Bachelor’s degree, the Office of Graduate Studies will take those credits into consideration for the cumulative Bachelor’s GPA.
  • Applicants with a GPA below 3.00 may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Required credentials

  • Professional certification as a generalist from the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification is required: MLS(ASCP)CM , MLS(ASCP)i , or MT(ASCP) with proof of continuing education equivalent to the BOC CMP.

Professional work experience

  • A minimum two years of post-certification, full-time experience in a U.S. clinical laboratory as a medical laboratory scientist (or comparable role) is required at the time of application. Preference will be given to those with experience as a generalist or who have worked in multiple areas of the clinical laboratory. Applicants with less than two-years of full-time experience may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.
  • The department will evaluate work experience and determine if the work experience criteria are met for each applicant.

Health and physical requirements

  • Good physical and mental health are essential. Physical or other disabilities are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the program and by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Academic Compliance. Please review  the program's technical standards  for details.
  • Physical examinations are required prior to the time of registration for classes at KU Medical Center.
  • All students are required to carry health insurance. KU Medical Center offers a health insurance policy for eligible students. Selected for the Kansas Board of Regents institutions by the State of Kansas, this plan is offered through Student Health Services at KU Medical Center and is underwritten by UnitedHealthCare Student Resources. For information about the policy, please visit  www.uhcsr.com/kumc . Students exclusively taking courses online are not eligible to enroll in the Basic Student Plan through UnitedHealthCare.

Background check/drug screening

  • The Joint Commission requires all incoming students to pay for a background check and provide the report to the university. This one-time fee must be paid directly to the company performing the background investigation. This requirement only applies to students officially admitted into the program. A drug screen may also be required by each clinical residency site the student utilizes during the program. More:  School of Health Professions background check and drug screening.

English language proficiency All applicants, regardless of citizenship or residency status, are required to have command of the English language. Proof of English language proficiency may be required through the TOEFL or IELTS testing systems, a personal interview, the personal goals statement or other methods.

  • Internet-based TOEFL minimum requirements: at least 23 or higher on the reading and listening sections; a score of 5.0 or 23 or higher on the writing section; a score of 26 or higher on the speaking section.
  • IELTS minimum requirements: overall band score of 7.5 and no part score lower than 7.0.

International Students An applicant is considered an international student if he or she requires a visa, or currently resides in the U.S. with non-immigrant status, or currently resides in the U.S. while applying for permanent residency. Additional requirements and documentation are required for international students to become eligible for KU programs. Please review the  information for international students  before applying.

Applicants will be assessed based on these requirements. After an applicant has been admitted, a program may defer an applicant's admission for one year after which time the applicant must submit a new application.

Admission requirements are subject to change. In most cases, use the catalog of the year student entered the program. Other years’ catalogs ».

DCLS Core Course Descriptions

Seminar course that addresses topics and issues relevant to DCLS clinical practice, including ethical and social issues in healthcare practice, health informatics, and communication techniques needed for interaction with healthcare colleagues and patients. Repeatable. Prerequisite: Admission into the Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science program, or consent of instructor.

This course will address various aspects of teaching in healthcare settings. This includes educating patients and their families, educating other healthcare professionals, and the more formal area of undergraduate and graduate education. Education theory, pedagogical methods, educational resources, learning objectives, and evaluation techniques applicable to each type of educational situation will be addressed. Prerequisite: Admission into the Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science program, or consent of instructor.

This course focuses on the enhancement of scientific and technical knowledge in nucleic acid-based testing for the diagnosis of acquired and hereditary genetic disorders, and infectious diseases. Topics include an in-depth review of the theory of molecular techniques and the application of these techniques in inherited disorders, oncology, infectious disease, pharmacogenetics, histocompatibility, identity determination, and genomics. Prerequisite: Admission into the Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science program, or consent of instructor.

A discussion of research methods used in clinical laboratory sciences, with an emphasis on selecting and applying appropriate research designs. Includes an overview of the research methods and various approaches in current use in clinical laboratory science; focused on research question formulation; internal and external validity of research; variable measurement and reliability, and generalizability of findings. Specific approaches covered include non-experimental, experimental and quasi-experimental designs, epidemiologic methods (e.g., cohort and case-control studies), survey research, and qualitative research. Prerequisite: Admission into the Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science program, or consent of instructor.

Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) encompasses Evidence-Based Medicine and Evidence-Based Laboratory Medicine. EBP is a problem-based approach to decision making using research evidence combined with clinical expertise, the patient's values, circumstances, and the clinical context. This course addresses the historical development of EBP, why using EBP in clinical decision making improves patient care, when and how to implement and use EBP in clinical decision making, and how to discuss the EBP finding with patients, family members, and other healthcare practitioners. Evaluating research studies for their applicability to EBP and designing research studies based on clinical evidence focused on laboratory testing will make up most of the course content, activities, and assignments. Prerequisite: Admission into the Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science program, or consent of instructor.

This course focuses on in depth physiology and pathophysiology together with the principles of current and emerging chemistry tests. Emphasis on the correlation between chemistry tests and disease states, interpretation and limitations of chemistry test results. Current clinical chemistry literature, clinical scenarios, case studies, and advanced laboratory practice issues will be used to enhance knowledge and skills. Prerequisite: Admission into the Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science program, or consent of instructor.

This course focuses on enhancement of scientific and technical knowledge in hematology and hemostasis to consult with other healthcare practitioners on the selection of screening and diagnostic tests for hematological disorders, interpretation of results, and recommendations for follow-up testing. Topics to be investigated include physiology and regulation of the hematopoietic system and hemostasis, and the genetic, molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the pathophysiology of selected hematological disorders such as anemias, leukemias, lymphomas, and disorders of hemostasis with additional focus on utilization of appropriate hematology, hemostasis, and molecular diagnostic tests, and reducing turn-around time. Prerequisite: Admission into the Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science program, or consent of instructor.

This course focuses on enhancement of scientific and technical knowledge in clinical immunology and transplantation in order to consult with other healthcare practitioners on clinical applications and diagnostic and therapeutic testing of immune-mediated diseases. Topics include autoimmunity, hypersensitivity, immunotherapy and immunotoxicology, transplantation and HLA testing/compatibility, cancer immunology and immunodeficiency. This course also includes test methodologies in cellular, humoral, and molecular immunology, selection and interpretation of test results, and recommendations for follow-up testing for patient monitoring. Prerequisite: Admission into the Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science program, or consent of instructor.

Course Description: This course focuses on enhancement of scientific and technical knowledge in clinical microbiology necessary for consultation with other healthcare practitioners for (i) the selection of screening and diagnostic tests for suspected infectious diseases, (ii) interpretation of results, and (iii) recommendations for follow-up testing. Topics to be investigated include utilizing molecular diagnostic tests, antimicrobial susceptibility testing and resistance mechanisms, bioterrorism, biofilms, opportunistic and emerging infections, utilization of appropriate microbiology tests, evidence based practice in clinical microbiology, and reducing turn-around time. Current scientific literature, clinical scenarios, case studies, and advanced laboratory practice issues will be used to enhance knowledge and skills. Prerequisite: Admission into the Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science program, or consent of instructor.

This course will explore advanced blood banking theory and transfusion medicine concepts pertaining to basic-to-advanced serological testing techniques, blood product utilization, molecular immunohematology testing methods, quality assurance, and other relevant topics. Learners will be re-introduced to specialized blood banking procedures including (but not limited to) the following: ABO/Rh, antibody screens, antibody identification, fetal screen, elutions, phenotyping, and crossmatching. Using case studies and discussion, learners will correlate laboratory data to clinical disease processes encountered in transfusion medicine. Prerequisite: Admission into the Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science program, or consent of instructor.

Course Description: This course will correlate clinical presentation and laboratory testing as it relates to physiological changes associated with select diseases of major organ systems (e.g., endocrine, muscle, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, immune, nervous, and reproductive). Prerequisite: Admission into the Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science program or instructor permission.

This course will complement CLS851 Clinical Correlations I and will correlate clinical laboratory testing as it relates to physiological changes associated with patient symptomology (e.g., chest pain, shortness of breath, unresponsiveness, fever of unknown origin, jaundice) and treatment in a consultation model. Prerequisite: Admission into the Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science program or instructor permission.

An introductory course to core competencies in interprofessional education and practice for healthcare teams including roles and responsibilities, values and ethics, teamwork, communication, and collaborative practice as it relates to the improvement of patient safety outcomes and the provision of quality patient care. Prerequisite: Admission into the Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science program, or consent of instructor.

This course is designed for DCLS program students to apply core competencies in interprofessional practice for healthcare teams including roles and responsibilities, values and ethics, teamwork, communication, and collaborative practice via participation in interprofessional activities. Prerequisite: Successful completion of DCLS 880 and admission into the Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science program, or consent of instructor.

This course will explore laboratory quality, utilization, accreditation, regulation, and management topics. Core course content explores the selection, implementation, strengths, and weaknesses of appropriate quality assurance programs to maintain desired quality goals. All aspects of laboratory services will be explored to enhance consultative skills that will be applied in the clinical residency. The use of practice guidelines, critical or clinical pathways, algorithms and reflex testing, direct access testing, evidenced-based practice, and outcomes measurements, as well as initiatives to change the practice of laboratory services in all phases (pre-analytical, analytical, and post analytical) are covered. Prerequisite: Admission into the Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science program, or consent of instructor.

The Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science (DCLS) program at the University of Kansas is designed to prepare certified medical laboratory scientists for advanced practice in multiple venues including clinical institutions, reference laboratories, physician practices, industry, public health agencies, government facilities, and academic institutions. Course work is divided between advanced theory courses ("Core Curriculum"), research, and clinical residency. The DCLS curriculum addresses the competencies established for the profession by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science Oversight Committee and NAACLS accreditation guidelines for the DCLS.

Degree Requirements:

  • On a full-time basis, degree requirements are normally completed within 3 years of admission to the program, although a maximum of 8 years is allowed. The core curriculum can be complete on a part-time basis, but the DCLS Research and Clinical Residency components require one year of full-time enrollment.
  • Cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at least a 3.0 for all KU graduate coursework.
  • Successful completion of a minimum of 76 credit hours.
  • Successful completion of DCLS 815 (Research Methods in Clinical Laboratory Sciences) and DCLS 820 (Evidence Based Practice) meets the Research Skills requirement.
  • Successful completion of PRVM 853 (Responsible Conduct of Research) or PTRS 807 (Ethics in Health Care) meets the Responsible Scholarship requirement.
  • Successful completion of the DCLS comprehensive examination. Prior to starting the clinical residency, a comprehensive examination is required of all degree candidates. Students will demonstrate their (i) command of the clinical laboratory science body of knowledge, (ii) ability to analyze data, and (iii) expertise in the broad scope of clinical practice. Students must be in good academic standing (i.e. hold a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA) to be eligible for the comprehensive examination. The examination must be completed prior to enrollment in residency courses with a minimum score of 80% to be considered successful. 
  • Successful completion of the DCLS Research Project requirement. A prospectively planned and approved translational research project which is advisor-guided, student-directed, and designed to support and enhance students’ ability to apply their graduate knowledge and achieve tangible outcomes. The DCLS Research Project is a three-course series (DCLS 901, DCLS 902, DCLS 903) that includes all aspects of a translational research project, including the planning, data collection, analysis/interpretation of results, preparation, and presentation of the research project, both oral and written. Research projects will advance practice in clinical laboratory medicine, such as the development and implementation of diagnostic and interpretive algorithms, clinical practice guidelines, and collaborative interprofessional patient care.
  • Successful completion of the DCLS Clinical Residency requirement. A three-course series (DCLS 911, DCLS 912, DCLS 913), this year-long clinical residency is designed to develop the DCLS professional to meet national professional responsibilities. Residency places the student in clinical practice environments at program affiliates. During the residency, the students will work with management, laboratory staff, physicians, nurses, and other members of the healthcare team to provide guidance in laboratory utilization and interpretation thereby optimizing patient outcomes. Residency is provided in structured clinical rotations occurring at clinical affiliates. Skills and knowledge will be evaluated through competency-based assessments and portfolio development. The portfolio will contain documentation of experiences and work products developed during the residency rotations. This may include de-identified summaries of consultations, papers and abstracts published or submitted, PowerPoint presentations, method evaluation data and/or written procedures from utilization projects. 
  • Successful completion of the DCLS Capstone requirement. The capstone is completed during the final semester of the program and consists of a written and an oral examination. The written component consists of a manuscript suitable for publication based on the research requirement described above. The oral examination is a defense of the manuscript and can include questions regarding general knowledge of clinical laboratory science concepts and applications.    
  • Enrollment in a minimum of one (1) credit hour the semester the student will graduate.
  • Successful completion of the following courses:

Core Curriculum

* DCLS 800 will be taken during each residency semester. 

Degree requirements and course descriptions are subject to change. Any courses taken as an equivalent must be approved by the Graduate Director and the Office of Graduate Studies. In most cases, use the catalog of the year student entered the program.  Other years’ catalogs» .

The DCLS is a minimum 76 credit hour program designed to be completed in a three year time frame if enrolled full time (see program progression below, part-time options are available).  Course work is divided between the "Core Curriculum" (advanced theory courses) completed in the first two years of full-time study, and one full year of full-time clinical residency (during which research and residency courses are completed).  

A recommended plan of study for full-time students in the DCLS program is shown below.

Students enroll in DCLS 800 during each clinical residency semester.

Graduates of the clinical laboratory science doctoral program must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical laboratory and patient care environments, including hospitals, reference, public health, and physician office settings. Therefore, the following abilities and expectations must be met by all students in the program.

Essential Observational Requirements

  • Read and comprehend text, numbers, and graphs displayed in print and other visual displays.
  • Perform comparative observations of text, movement, shapes, graphs, colors, etc.
  • Observe and respond to subtle cues of individual’s moods, temperament, and social behavior.
  • Observe, learn from, and analyze medical record content, including discernment and use of clinical and administrative data displayed within the medical record.
  • Observe, learn from, and analyze statistical, financial, and reimbursement data, including utilizing spreadsheets, software, databases, and performing mathematical calculations.
  • Observe, learn from, and analyze class demonstrations and experiences in disciplines relevant to Clinical Laboratory Sciences that include but are not limited to information management, biochemistry, physiology, statistics, clinical correlations, and research methodology.

Essential Movement Requirements

  • Perform actions requiring coordination of both gross and fine muscular movement, equilibrium and use of senses.
  • Move freely and safely about healthcare settings (hospitals, patient rooms, clinics, laboratory, etc.).
  • Travel to sites both on and off campus involved in coursework and residency.
  • Perform moderately taxing continuous physical work over several hours.
  • Use an electronic keyboard to generate, calculate, record, evaluate, and transmit information.
  • Prepare assignments, both written and on-line.
  • Deliver public presentations to large and small audiences.

Essential Communication Requirements

  • Read, interpret, and comprehend technical and professional materials (e.g., textbooks, journal articles, handbooks, instruction manuals, and patient healthcare records).
  • Be able to share and to elicit information from patients, healthcare providers, peers, and research collaborators verbally and in a recorded format.
  • Assimilate information to prepare papers, produce reports, and complete documentation for patient care and research purposes.
  • Effectively, confidently, sensitively, and confidentially communicate with patients, laboratory staff, and healthcare providers regarding laboratory test selection, interpretation, and follow-up.
  • Communicate effectively (speaking, writing, typing, graphics, or telecommunication) with faculty, students, laboratory staff, patients, and other healthcare professionals.
  • Take paper and computer examinations.

Essential Intellectual Requirements.

  • Understand and perform measurements, calculations, synthesis, analysis, reasoning and problem solving.
  • Participate in research activities involving the laboratory or patient oriented research activities.
  • Possess sufficient judgment to recognize and correct performance deviations.

Essential Behavioral and Social Requirements

  • Manage the use of time and be able to systematize actions in order to complete academic, professional and technical tasks within realistic constraints.
  • Possess the emotional health necessary to effectively employ intellect, act ethically, and exercise appropriate judgment.
  • Demonstrate appropriate affective behaviors and mental attitudes as to not jeopardize the emotional, physical, mental and behavioral safety of other individuals with whom there is interaction in academic clinical, and residency settings.
  • Possess the mental and emotional rigor to maintain relationships and demonstrate respect to all people, including students, faculty, patients, and other healthcare professionals at residency settings, without showing bias or preference on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, gender expression, gender identity, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or genetic testing & screening.
  • Adapt to professional and technical change, being flexible and creative.
  • Use appropriate language.
  • Demonstrate empathy when appropriate.
  • Work effectively in inter-professional teams.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the rationale and justification for one’s performance.
  • Demonstrate attention to detail and flexibility to function in a clinical and/or research setting.
  • Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment, and situations and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to self and nearby individuals.
  • Practice honesty, compassion, and responsibility.
  • Be forthright about errors or uncertainty.
  • Critically evaluate one’s own performance, accept constructive criticism, and look for ways to improve.
  • Critically evaluate the performance of students, patients, and healthcare providers, tactfully offering constructive comments.
  • Provide professional and technical services while experiencing the stresses of heavy workloads (i.e., large number of tasks to complete in a limited amount of time), task- related uncertainty (i.e., ambiguous test-ordering, ambivalent test interpretation), emergent demands (i.e., "stat" test orders, interaction with other members of the healthcare team), and a distracting environment (i.e., high noise levels, crowding, complex visual stimuli).

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Doctorate of Clinical Laboratory Sciences

The Doctorate of Clinical Laboratory Sciences (DCLS) is an advanced professional doctorate designed for practicing clinical laboratory scientists who wish to further their level of clinical expertise and to develop leadership and management skills. The purpose of the program is the development of clinical laboratory sciences graduates who function as practitioners, community leaders, educators, and scholars in the profession of clinical laboratory science and the discipline of clinical laboratory science. Graduates of the program will generate, disseminate, and apply knowledge to enhance the understanding of laboratory assessment of health and disease.

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  • The Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science (DCLS) program at the University of Texas Medical Branch was the first to be granted Initial Accreditation.
  • DCLS is the second program to be established in the United States.
  • There are 35 students currently enrolled in the DCLS program.
  • The first UTMB DCLS class graduated in August 2019.

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Pathology, the study of disease, integrates all aspects of biomedical science to further the understanding of disease processes and develop methods for diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disease. The PhD in Pathology & Laboratory Medicine is for students who want to participate in breakthrough scientific research and contribute to the advancement of biomedical knowledge, learning how diseases work at a mechanistic level. Graduates will be prepared for postdoctoral fellowships, science writing, running a lab as a principal investigator, and shaping science policy at the government level.

Our department focuses particularly on cancer, immunologic, inflammatory, and neurologic disorders. We have a strong and diverse faculty composed of core and joint members who offer multiple research and training opportunities in experimental pathology.

Current foci of research by departmental faculty and students include:

  • The development of the brain
  • Disorders of brain development and normal aging
  • Effects of nutrition on the developing brain
  • Disorders of cell cycle and cell signaling in the pathogenesis and progression of cancer
  • Normal and abnormal immunological responses to infectious agents and environmental toxins and to other stimuli
  • The neuroscience of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • The pathogenesis of asthma
  • Development of immunotherapies for cancer and infectious diseases

Prospective applicants to the PhD program in Pathology must enter via the Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS). This program emphasizes interdisciplinary training for the first year, after which time students will be free to transition into one of the doctoral programs offered by the Department of Pathology.

Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS)

The Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine participates in the Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS), which offers training toward the PhD degree by integrating the foundations of interdisciplinary biomedical research with focused investigation and preparation for career advancement.

In the first year, PhD students will participate in the Foundations in Biomedical Sciences (FBS) core curriculum as well as have the opportunity to select elective courses focused on area-specific interests. Additionally, trainees will engage in laboratory rotations, journal clubs, and research seminars. Trainees will work closely with a faculty advisor in the development of an individual plan that will be tailored to serve specific research and professional goals. After selection of a laboratory, students will join the program/department with which the mentor is affiliated and continue advanced studies towards candidacy.

For more on how to apply, please visit our website .

Program Overview

The doctoral program is broadly based, offers research training in both basic and clinical investigations of disease, and encourages students to integrate the two areas where appropriate in their doctoral research. The core curriculum provides course, seminar, and laboratory opportunities for students to learn the pathogenesis, morphology, and cell and molecular biology of human diseases and laboratory techniques used to study them.

Laboratories of faculty in the department and other faculty in Graduate Medical Sciences provide opportunities for doctoral dissertation research in many aspects of the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.

Students are expected to fulfill all course requirements, choose a dissertation laboratory, and begin preparatory dissertation research within four semesters. They then take the qualifying examination and, if successful, present a dissertation research proposal to their faculty committee and proceed with their research. Students in the alternative tracks follow a modified curriculum in which certain departmental requirements are substituted by requirements of the respective interdepartmental program.

Our faculty members are committed to facilitating all pathology graduate students’ efficient progress through our graduate programs, in a goal-oriented manner. The student group is enthusiastic and interactive. And our graduates pursue careers in academia, biotechnology settings, government laboratories and, if also medically trained, in clinical specialties.

Specializations

In addition to the pathology curriculum, students may choose from three additional specialized tracks:

  • Pathology—Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Pathology—Immunology
  • Pathology—Neuroscience

Specialized coursework offered through the department includes:

  • Basic and Experimental Pathology
  • Protein Modification and Molecular Basis of Human Diseases
  • The Business of Science

Involvement with the MD/PhD Program

  • Pathology regularly participates in evening sessions with the MD/PhD students where research opportunities within pathology are discussed.
  • Dr. Remick serves on the MD/PhD admissions committee to review applicants and rank interviewed applicants.
  • Several faculty members in pathology serve as interviewers for the MD/PhD applicants, providing a critical component since the group struggles to find sufficient MD interviewers.
  • Recent MD/PhD graduates who have defended and gone back to graduate medical school are Bryan Belikoff (Remick Lab/Defended Spring 2010), Besam Khidhir (Haber/Harvard Lab/Defended Spring 2010), Chad Mayer (Kurosawa Lab/Defended Spring 2014), David Stepien (Remick Lab/Defended Spring 2013), Louis Vaickus (Remick Lab/Defended Spring 2010), Terry Hsieh (Remick Lab/Defended Spring 2016), Melody Lun (Off-Site-Childrens Hospital/Lehtinen Lab/Defended Spring 2016), and Nisma Mujahid (Off-Site-Massachusetts General Hospital/Fisher Lab/Defended Spring 2017).

Program Structure

Md/phd and phd general requirements.

A course of study and laboratory experience extending over one to two years is followed by a qualifying examination, which is taken within one semester after completion of required coursework. The proposal for dissertation research is then developed and presented to the dissertation committee; the proposed research extends over another two to three years and is performed under the guidance of the major advisor with the help and advice of the committee.

The Director of Graduate Studies serves as a curriculum advisor to all students in the first two years of the program and approves the course registration forms. After the required courses are completed, the student’s research advisor provides direction in the choice of additional courses.

Laboratory rotations are performed in the first year of study to:

  • Acquaint students with research opportunities in the program
  • Teach a variety of approaches to research and teach specific research methods
  • Permit choice of a laboratory for dissertation research. The dissertation research advisor should be chosen and preliminary work in the area of research begun early in the second year of study

Sample Curriculum for PhD and MD/PhD

For first-year PiBS students interested in pathology, the following courses are recommended.

First-Year Fall (10 credits)

  • GMS AN 704 Statistics (2 cr) (or equivalent)
  • GMS FC 701 Foundations/Protein Structure (2 cr)
  • GMS FC 702 Foundations/Genome Structure & Function (2 cr)
  • GMS FC 703 Foundations/Cell Architecture & Dynamics (2 cr)
  • GMS PA 710 Principles of Basic and Applied Pathology (2 cr)

First-Year Spring (10 credits)

  • GMS FC 704 Foundations/Biomedical Sciences (2 cr)
  • GMS PA 510 Medical Immunology (2 cr)
  • GMS PA 700 Basic and Experimental Pathology (4 cr)
  • GMS elective (2 cr)

Second-Year Fall (10 credits)

  • GMS PA 800 Pathology Seminar (2 cr)
  • GMS PA 810/811 Business of Science (recommended) or elective (2 cr)
  • GMS PA 900 Pathology Lab Rotations (2 cr)
  • GMS PA 901 Pathology Research (2 cr/varies)
  • GMS electives (2 or 4 cr)

Second-Year Spring (10 credits)

  • GMS PA 801 Special Topics–Spring (2 cr)
  • GMS PA 901 Pathology Research (4 cr/varies)
  • GMS PA 910 Human Biospecimens for Research (2 cr)
  • Directed Studies (credits as needed)

Required to Sit for the Qualifying Exam

  • GMS FIBS I–IV

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is presented by Boston University, requires participation in four sessions of two hours each (usually one session per semester), and results in an NIH certificate. Summer sessions are also offered.

For second-year PiBS students interested in pathology, the following courses are required/recommended.

  • GMS PA 800 Pathology Seminar (required for qualifying exam) (2 cr)
  • GMS PA 700 Basic and Experimental Pathology (required for qualifying exam) (4 cr)
  • Directed Studies (credits as needed)

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)  is presented by Boston University, requires participation in four sessions of two hours each (usually one session per semester), and results in an NIH certificate. Summer sessions are also offered.

For MD/PhD students interested in pathology, the following courses are required/recommended.

First-Year Fall (1o credits)

  • GMS AN 704 Statistics (or equivalent) (2 cr)
  • GMS PA 810/811 Business of Science (recommended) (2 cr)
  • GMS elective (2 or 4 cr)
  • GMS PA 800 Pathology Seminar (elective) (2 cr)

Additional Requirements

Participation and attendance in the Departmental Friday Seminar are required through all terms of study and research. Two course credits are given for one term (beginning in second year for Cell Biology Track).

For all students pursuing the combined MD/PhD degree, PA 510 Immunology and PA 700 Pathology requirements are fulfilled by the medical curriculum.

Each student is required to present a seminar in the departmental seminar series in addition to their dissertation defense. This is usually done in the fourth year.

Qualifying Exams

Chobanian & Avedisian SOM Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Pathology PhD graduate students are eligible to take this compulsory examination after successfully completing the required coursework. This will typically take place at the end of second year for PhD students and at the end of third year for the MD/PhD students.

There is one exam period each year: May–June.

Written (computer-typed) examination—6–8 hours

Morning and afternoon sessions consist of essay questions based on individual coursework, directed readings, critiques of selected publications (with an emphasis on experimental design), and evaluation of pathology seminars. These study instructions are provided by the individual members of the examination committee no more than two months prior to the examination. The students are responsible for contacting the committee members. None of the suggested study material/publications can be brought to the exam. The answers will be submitted anonymously to the examiners for grading. Copies of past exams are available. All candidates will provide a list of their coursework and grades to the examination committee. Upon passing the written exam, students will proceed to the oral examination, which takes place 7–10 days after the written exam.

Oral examination—1 ½–2 hours

Exam evaluation : Pass/Fail/Conditional Pass. In the event of a conditional pass, the examining committee will define the appropriate corrective steps and a time frame for completing these steps.

After passing the qualifying examination, the graduate student will proceed with selection of their thesis committee.

Current members of the committee are: Dr. J. K. Blusztajn, Dr. B. Slack (committee chair), Dr. I. Delalle, Dr. D. Remick, and Dr. N. Rahimi. Alternate member: Dr. J. Sharon.

PhD Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation Committees

The committee must consist of at least five members, which includes the student’s thesis advisor. At least three members must have primary or secondary appointments in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at the time they are asked to join the committee.

For a complete description of requirements for assembly of the committee, please visit the BU Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine website .

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Criteria for admission.

Students must have received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. Additional criteria considered by the admissions committee include:

  • A good academic record/GPA
  • GRE test results and TOEFL for international students
  • Personal statement
  • Letters of references
  • Interview evaluation (if invited)
  • Interest level in pathology research
  • All aspects of the applicant, including research experience and publications, are considered in the decision process

Financial Support

All PhD and MD/PhD students who are admitted to the program automatically receive a stipend, tuition, activity fees, and health insurance. For the 2018–2019 academic year, the stipend is $34,000.

Students are also eligible to compete for support from outside agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. While in graduate school, students are also eligible to compete with other GMS students for research and travel awards from the department and the Chobanian & Avedisian SOM .

Additional Opportunities

Research opportunities that provide students with the techniques and knowledge necessary to confront scientific problems

Teaching opportunities through the  Chobanian & Avedisian SOM , BU CityLab Academy, BU Metropolitan College, and Chobanian & Avedisian SOM Student Affairs office tutoring program

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At Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, you’ll discover a unique research training environment of academic inquiry and scientific discovery, combined with exceptional intellectual and technological resources designed to help you achieve your highest scientific career goals.

Through the Ph.D. program, you’ll acquire a broad expertise in biomedical science with the opportunity to go deeper into your primary area of research interest.

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Whether you’re preparing for graduate school or applying now, the Mayo Clinic experience for biomedical science Ph.D. students is different.

Program highlights:

  • Research training by leading investigators in fields ranging from molecules to populations, all in the context of exceptional health care.
  • Embedded within a top academic medical center, you’ll have access to clinical data from more than 6 million patient histories.
  • A Career Development Internship program where senior students experience networking opportunities in career settings different from those of their research mentors.
  • A national destination for research training of students from backgrounds underrepresented in science. Mayo’s NIH-funded IMSD is more than two decades old, and Mayo invented the NIH PREP concept.
  • Join about 250 students who have access to 300+ faculty members in small class sizes.
  • 87% of graduates since 1989 are employed in academia or industry.
  • Three campuses in Minnesota, Florida, and Arizona with diverse research opportunities.
  • Every student is awarded a fellowship for five years that fully covers tuition.
  • Ph.D. students receive a stipend and health benefits.

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Choosing your area of specialization

You'll choose from one of eight  biomedical science specialty tracks within our Ph.D. Program. Track choice is indicated during the application process and confirmed after admission. But you'll be able to do research and learn in any Mayo laboratory that interests you, even if it's not within your track.

Perspectives on our Ph.D. Program

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"Collaboration is massive here"

Collaborative research and learning environment

The hallmark of research at Mayo Clinic is the highly collaborative interaction that occurs between investigators in basic science and clinical areas. While each investigator has a competitively funded independent lab, collaboration with graduate students and staff across the institution is common. As a Ph.D. student, you’re free to select any Mayo mentor, regardless of which track you choose.

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"Allowed me to build my own team"

Teaching opportunities

Tutoring and teaching opportunities are available and optional for our Ph.D. students. If you’re interested in developing these skills, serving as a tutor or a teaching assistant can help cement the knowledge you gain from your coursework.

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Apply between Sept. 1 and Dec. 1 for the following academic year.

To get in touch with the Ph.D. Program, fill out the form on the Contact Us page .

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The Division​ of Medical Sciences is one of the programs in the Harvard Integrated Life Sciences, which facilitates collaboration and cross-disciplinary research. Visit HILS for additional  application instructions .

Established at Harvard University in 1908, the Division of Medical Sciences (DMS) provides students wishing to pursue careers in research and teaching with a broad education in basic biomedical science fields and specialization in one of them. Classroom and laboratory instruction are conducted primarily by faculty in the basic sciences departments and affiliated hospital laboratories of Harvard Medical School, leading to a PhD awarded by the Harvard Kenneth C. Griffin Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Harvard Griffin GSAS). For over 100 years, this fruitful collaboration has spawned research achievements across the spectrum, from basic science to experimental medicine. Since 1909, more than 2,800 division graduates, including six Nobel Laureates, have gone on to distinguished careers in biomedical research, university teaching, and a number of increasingly diverse careers.

DMS offers six interdisciplinary areas of study leading to a PhD in the biomedical sciences, which share a common purpose of fostering a stimulating and supportive environment for research training in the biomedical sciences:  Biomedical Informatics , ​ Biological and Biomedical Sciences ,  Immunology ,  Neuroscience ,  Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology , and Virology .

DMS students are enrolled in and receive a PhD from Harvard Griffin GSAS, even though they may work primarily with Harvard Medical School faculty. 

Additional information on the graduate program is available from the Division of Medical Sciences and requirements for the degree are detailed in  policies .

Admissions Requirements

Please review admissions requirements and other information before applying. You can find degree program-specific admissions requirements below and access additional guidance on applying from the Division of Medical Sciences .

In the application for admission, select Division of Medical Sciences as your degree program choice and your area of interest from the Area of Study drop down.

If you have published articles, please list these in the Academic History section of the application for admission, citing the PubMedID.

All DMS programs conduct personal interviews as part of the application process. Invitations for interviews are usually sent out between late December and early January, depending on the program.

Standardized Tests

GRE General: See specific DMS area of study pages for GRE requirements iBT TOEFL minimum score: 100 IELTS minimum score: 7

Biomedical Informatics

Applicants to the program typically have majored in a quantitative field (e.g., computer science, mathematics, statistics, physics, bioengineering) with a demonstrated interest in biological sciences OR have majored in a biological science but with considerable aptitude in computer programming and quantitative methods.

Neuroscience (PIN)

While there are no specific degree subject, course, or research requirements, applicants are expected to have rigorous undergraduate coursework in the sciences, including biology, chemistry, and physics, and prior lab research experience. Applicants who have trained outside of neuroscience and biology are expected to have a demonstrated interest in neuroscience.

The statement of purpose should help the admissions committee get to know each applicant as a person and as a scientist. How did your background and lived experience help shape you as a scientist? What are your interests and goals in graduate school? How do your research experiences and goals fit within this context? You should briefly establish a contextual framework, provide a summary of your research experience, including the question(s)/topic(s) of your research, their importance, your hypotheses, how you tested your hypotheses, your findings, possible outcomes, and how you interpreted those outcomes.

Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology (SHBT)

Applicants who are invited for on-campus interviews are notified in late December. Interviews generally occur in late January as part of a series of activities beginning on a Thursday evening and ending the following Sunday. Travel and hotel expenses for this visit are covered by the SHBT program. Invited applicants should make every effort to attend the interview weekend, but those who are unable to do so should inquire about other arrangements.

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Major in medical laboratory science.

Medical laboratory scientists are the medical detectives who strive to answer medical questions and solve medical mysteries. When you major in medical laboratory science, you'll learn to analyze blood, body fluids, cells, tissues, and other specimens to determine both the causes of diseases and their appropriate treatments.

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Medical laboratory scientists are essential members of the healthcare team who play a central role in the detection, diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of disease with minimal direct patient interaction. Medical laboratory scientists perform and interpret laboratory testing. More than 70% of all medical decisions are based on data that medical laboratory scientists provide to the healthcare team.

Do you like biology or chemistry? Do you like problem solving? Have you thought of yourself as someone who wants to help others? If you said "yes" to any of these, then a career in medical laboratory science may be a great fit for you. Also, if you are interested in a degree in biology, chemistry, health sciences, pre-med, or pre-dental, you can major in medical laboratory science and apply the knowledge and skills you learn to a range of careers in health care and medicine.

Our curriculum focuses on the standard medical laboratory disciplines of clinical chemistry, hematology, urinalysis, microbiology, immunology, and blood banking.

Our comprehensive program, one of the largest in the nation, is a university-based integrated clinical medical laboratory science program. Our program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, which makes our students eligible for national certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology. 

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Your education will prepare you to become an integral member of any healthcare team. You'll be qualified for careers in a variety of settings including clinical laboratories, hospitals, physicians' offices, and health departments as well as positions in research, medicine, management, industry, education, and public health. Within six months of graduation, 100% of our alumni have begun their careers in these excellent positions or enrolled in graduate school. Many of our graduates have multiple job offers before graduation.

Medical laboratory science alumni are qualified for professional and graduate studies in specialty areas of microbiology, hematology, immunohematology, and clinical chemistry. Our program also helps to prepare graduates for physician assistant, medical, and dental professional schools.

Student Success

Medical Laboratory Science major Jacob Athamni '22 lands a laboratory position at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and plans a career in infectious disease control.

Career placements

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  • Boston Children's Hospital
  • Boston Heart Diagnostics
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Claritas Genomics
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • John Hopkins Hospital
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • MIT Medical
  • South Shore Hospital
  • Southcoast Hospitals Group
  • Tufts Medical Center

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  • Long Island University Physician Assistant Program
  • New York Chiropractic College
  • New York College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Quinnipiac University
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  • University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
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  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
  • Boston Healthcare VA System, W. Roxbury
  • Cape Cod Healthcare System, Hyannis
  • Care New England - Women & Infants Hospital, Providence
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston
  • New England Baptist Hospital, Boston
  • Providence VA Medical Center, Providence
  • Southcoast Hospital Group (St. Luke's Hospital, New Bedford and Chalrton Memorial Hospital, Fall River
  • St. Anne's Hospital, Fall River
  • Tufts Medical Center, Boston

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UMassD advantages

  • Practicum: fulfill one semester of a senior-year practicum in one of our affiliated hospitals
  • Technology: learn to use state-of-the-art equipment including spectrophotometers, computer controlled semi-automated chemistry analyzers, urinalysis instruments, hematology cell counters, and rapid microorganism identification instruments
  • Community: participate in the Student Association for Medical Laboratory Science and the Pre-Health Club

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Earn academic credits and gain a global perspective on your field.

Faculty work with students on cutting-edge research projects.

Gain the benefit of a broad university education to enhance your knowledge and skills.

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Complete your degree: the online BS in Medical Laboratory (MLS) Science program is for students who hold an associate's degree in Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) from an NAACLS accredited institution.

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Why a PhD in Medical Sciences?

Our Ph.D. program in Medical Sciences provides advanced training with the goal of preparing students for research-based careers. Areas of in-depth study are driven by faculty research and encompass clinically related fields such as diabetes mellitus, obesity, immunology and infectious disease, oncology, and other chronic health conditions.

Read abstracts of recent graduate student research projects .

Admissions Information

Program prerequisites.

  • BS, MS or equivalent degree from an accredited college of university
  • GRE scores of at least 148 on quantitative reasoning and at least 150 on verbal reasoning
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Written statement of goals and objectives that identifies the applicant’s research and curriculum interests and explains how admission to the program will facilitate his/her professional objectives
  • Current resume and three letters of recommendation
  • If English is not the first language, the University requires a paper-based TOEFL score of at least 570, or at least 90 on the Internet-based TOEFL, or 6.5 on the IELTS

Admissions is selective and competitive, based on the number of available positions in the department laboratories and available faculty and facilities.

Degree Requirements

The Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Sciences requires a minimum of 43 credits including 9 credits of dissertation. The program is designed to be completed in 4 to 5 years.

Required Courses (37 credits):

  •  MMSC800 Preparing Research Proposals (2 cr)
  • MMSC650 Medical Biochemistry (4 cr)
  • MMSC691 Human Medical Genetics (3 cr)
  • MMSC868 Research (12 cr)
  • MMSC603 Research Design (3 cr)
  • MMSC803/804 Seminar (4 cr) (taken 8 semesters: 4 semesters for 1 credit [803] and 4 semesters for 0 credit [804])
  • MMSC969 Dissertation (9 cr)

Science Core Elective Courses (6 credits)

A preliminary exam is taken at end of year 1 that tests the student’s general knowledge base in Medical Sciences and their ability to critically evaluate scientific literature. The preliminary examination includes a written component followed by an oral component on a separate day.

A candidacy exam is taken at the end of year 2. The student will prepare a written and oral proposal for dissertation research that meets the requirements for an external grant proposal. The oral proposal meeting will include both a defense of the student's proposed research and an in-depth examination of the student's knowledge of their research specialization.

When the dissertation research is complete, all Medical Sciences faculty and students will be invited to attend the oral dissertation defense meetings. Following the oral presentation and questions from faculty in attendance, the Dissertation Committee will meet separately and vote on the outcome. The outcome will be presented to the student, along with any conditions or requirements for proposal or dissertation revisions. 

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The 2023-2024 UD graduate student tuition rate per credit hour is $1,028. Research Assistant awards will be made for students that best fit the needs of the sponsoring faculty member. Teaching Assistant awards will be made for students prepared to teach and otherwise assist with undergraduate instruction. Students can also apply for internal funding, such as the competitive awards offered through the UD Research and Graduate Studies Office. Students can also apply for pre-doctoral support from funding agencies such as the American Heart Association. The sponsoring faculty member will work with the student to develop the proposal.

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The Doctoral (Ph.D.) Program in Health Related Sciences will provide experienced health professionals with advanced knowledge and skills so that they may assume positions in teaching, research and administration upon graduation. It offers a curriculum with an interdisciplinary core of courses with specialty tracks in Medical Laboratory Sciences, Gerontology, Health Administration, Nurse Anesthesia, Occupational Therapy, Patient Counseling, Physical Therapy, Radiation Sciences and Rehabilitation Leadership. The program emphasizes use of distance learning technologies combined with traditional didactic methods. The curriculum is relevant, timely and meaningful to a multidisciplinary cohort of students.

The Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences encourages highly qualified certified medical laboratory scientists or candidates with equivalent certification to apply to the Ph.D. Program in Health Related Sciences. Candidates must have a master's degree. The Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences is committed to providing opportunities for research and academic endeavors in the various disciplines of MLS. Please explore our website for further information about our faculty and department.

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The DrPH track in Public Health and Clinical Laboratory Science and Practice is designed to provide professionals with an advanced public health education and training to prepare individuals for leadership roles in public health and clinical laboratory settings. The program was designed in response to reports demonstrating a critical shortage of laboratory professionals and a need to rebuild the workforce pipeline in public health laboratories. Coursework was developed and implemented by professionals in public health laboratory leadership positions across the country with an emphasis on enhancing laboratory leadership, management, and scientific expertise.

This DrPH degree is a 46-credit hour post-master’s degree encompassing course work and doctoral project requirements designed to provide aspiring public health laboratory directors eligible requirements to sit for the American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB) Director’s and American Board of Microbiology (ABMM) examinations. Applicants must currently work in public health or clinical laboratories which will allow them to perform bench research to meet these requirements. The core curriculum includes courses in laboratory management, safety and security, microbiology, molecular biology and diagnostics, and bioinformatics. The DrPH degree is completed through distance learning with only three mandatory on-campus institutes which allow public health laboratory professionals to connect with other professionals and broaden their public health practice. The online format allows students to continue to work fulltime and advance their education without interrupting their careers. 

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  • Careers This DrPH degree was designed to provide aspiring public health laboratory directors eligible requirements to sit for the American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB) Director’s and American Board of Microbiology (ABMM) examinations. Graduates of the program are currently working as laboratory directors in both public health and clinical laboratories.

To learn more, please contact a Pre-Admissions Advisor at (813) 974-6505 or via email at  [email protected]

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PLEASE NOTE: Admission to the Clinical Laboratory Science M.S. and Ph.D. programs is currently suspended. We do not accept any new applications.

The purpose of the Ph.D. program in clinical laboratory science is to is to prepare first-rate laboratorians who are ready to address the challenges of the 21st century. Graduates of the Ph.D. program have assumed positions as faculty or administrators in academia, as administrators in hospitals or industry, and as clinical researchers. The unique aspect of the Catholic University graduate programs and the characteristic that distinguish them from similar programs is the strength and quality of the clinical experience. Students spend two to four full semesters completing internships or research problems under the direction of renowned laboratory directors and managers in affiliated hospitals. Students have completed projects at Washington Hospital Center, Children’s National Medical Center, and the National Institutes of Health. These clinical experiences are customized to the career needs and goals of each student.

A total of 56 credit hours are required for the completion of the degree.

Core Courses

  • BIOL 538 Gene Organization and Expression (3 credits)
  • BIOL 559 Cell Structure and Function (3 credits)
  • BIOL 586 Molecular Genetics and Recombinant DNA (3 credits)
  • BIOL 725 Methods – Biological Research Lab (1 credit)
  • BIOL 727 Methods – Biological Research (3 credits)
  • BIOL 713, 714, 777, 778 Cell Biology and Microbiology Seminars – Students take seminar four times for credit; they complete it on a pass/fail basis for all other semesters. (see Graduate Student Guide for more information)

Required Courses in Major Hematology Track

  • BIOL 742 Quality Assurance and Regulations in the Clinical Laboratory (1 credit)
  • BIOL 744 Red and White Blood Cell Disorders (2 credits)
  • BIOL 747 Advanced Hematology (2 credits)
  • BIOL 750 Hematopathology (2 credits)
  • BIOL 793A Clinical Research Problems – Doctoral (4 credits) (x 2)
  • Remainder of 56 credit hours are taken as electives (select from list below)

Clinical Microbiology Track

  • BIOL 550 Molecular Diagnosis of Infectious Disease (2 credits)
  • BIOL 721 Case Studies in Clinical Microbiology (2 credits)
  • BIOL 758 Medical Microbiology (3 credits)
  • BIOL 774 Comparative Metabolism (3 credits)

Electives for All Tracks

  • BIOL 550 Molecular Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases
  • BIOL 551 Clinical Laboratory Education
  • BIOL 559 Cell Structure and Function
  • BIOL 565 Model Organisms and Human Disease
  • BIOL 566 Immunology
  • BIOL 589 Introduction to Nanobiotechnology
  • BIOL 593 Rational Drug Design
  • BIOL 595 Molecular Biotechnology
  • BIOL 596 Computational Genomics
  • BIOL 597 Fundamentals of Statistics in Biology, Medicine and Biotechnology
  • BIOL 598 Membrane Trafficking and Diseases
  • BIOL 599 Signal Transduction and Biomembranes
  • BIOL 721 Case Studies in Clinical Microbiology
  • BIOL 744 Red and White Blood Cell Disorders
  • BIOL 747 Advanced Hematology
  • BIOL 750 Hematopathology
  • BIOL 751 Laboratory Management
  • BIOL 758 Medical Microbiology
  • BIOL 774 Comparative Metabolism

Application may be made for fall, spring, or summer.  The following application materials are required for admission into the program:

  • Completed application for admission to graduate studies with accompanying application fee. Application may be completed online .
  • Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate degrees including year of clinical studies.
  • Two or more letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the candidate’s academic and/or work experience.
  • Scores from the Graduate Record Examination.  The GRE is given year-round at computer-based test centers in the United States, Canada and many other countries. For more information on taking the GRE, see http://www.ets.org/gre/ .
  • Scores from clinical laboratory science certification examination (if available).
  • Additional information for international students is available on the International Students Graduate Admission page . 

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  • Possession of a B.S. degree in medical technology or possession of a B.A. or B.S. degree plus completion of one year of clinical studies in medical technology.

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Below is a list of best universities in Russia ranked based on their research performance in Mechanical Engineering. A graph of 5.73M citations received by 912K academic papers made by 153 universities in Russia was used to calculate publications' ratings, which then were adjusted for release dates and added to final scores.

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1. Moscow State University

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2. St. Petersburg State University

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3. Ufa State Aviation Technical University

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4. Bauman Moscow State Technical University

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5. Tomsk Polytechnic University

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6. Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University

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7. Ural Federal University

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8. South Ural State University

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9. National Research University Higher School of Economics

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10. Novosibirsk State University

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11. Kazan Federal University

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12. Moscow Aviation Institute

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13. National Research Nuclear University MEPI

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14. N.R.U. Moscow Power Engineering Institute

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15. Samara National Research University

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16. Moscow State Technological University "Stankin"

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17. National University of Science and Technology "MISIS"

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18. ITMO University

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19. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

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20. Tomsk State University

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21. Novosibirsk State Technical University

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22. Southern Federal University

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23. Saratov State University

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24. RUDN University

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25. Ufa State Petroleum Technological University

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26. Samara State Technical University

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27. Kazan National Research Technical University named after A.N. Tupolev - KAI

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28. Siberian Federal University

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29. Omsk State Technical University

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30. Perm State Technical University

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31. Saint Petersburg State Electrotechnical University

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32. Moscow Polytech

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33. Magnitogorsk State Technical University

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34. Saratov State Technical University

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35. Tula State University

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36. Far Eastern Federal University

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37. Saint-Petersburg Mining University

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38. Moscow State University of Railway Engineering

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39. Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod

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40. Belgorod State Technological University

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41. Belgorod State University

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42. Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University

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43. Novgorod State University

44. kazan state technological university.

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45. Moscow Medical Academy

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46. Russian State University of Oil and Gas

47. tambov state technical university.

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48. Finance Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation

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49. Voronezh State University

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50. Siberian State Industrial University

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51. Saint Petersburg State Institute of Technology

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52. St. Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering

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53. Siberian State Aerospace University

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54. Kalashnikov Izhevsk State Technical University

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55. South-Russian State University of Economics and Service

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56. Ogarev Mordovia State University

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57. Murmansk State Technical University

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58. Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics

59. mendeleev university of chemical technology of russia.

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60. South-Western State University

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61. Perm State University

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62. Kuzbass State Technical University

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63. Plekhanov Russian University of Economics

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64. Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration

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65. Penza State University

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66. Chelyabinsk State University

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67. Moscow State Pedagogical University

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68. National Research University of Electronic Technology

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69. Leningrad State University

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70. Yaroslavl State University

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71. Russian National Research Medical University

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72. Irkutsk State University

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73. Kuban State University of Technology

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74. Ulyanovsk State Technical University

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75. Bashkir State University

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76. Polzunov Altai State Technical University

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77. St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation

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78. University of Tyumen

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79. Irkutsk National Research Technical University

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80. Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University

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81. Ulyanovsk State University

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82. Orenburg State University

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83. Baltic State Technical University "Voenmeh"

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84. Kuban State University

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85. Udmurt State University

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86. Tomsk State Pedagogical University

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87. Kemerovo State University

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88. Tomsk State University of Architecture and Building

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89. Omsk State University

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90. Kuban State Agricultural University

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91. North-Eastern Federal University

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92. State University of Management

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93. Tver State University

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94. Chuvash State University

95. orel state university.

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96. Volgograd State University

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97. Ivanovo State Power University

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98. Omsk State Transport University

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99. Ivanovo State University

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100. Altai State University

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The best cities to study Mechanical Engineering in Russia based on the number of universities and their ranks are Moscow , Saint Petersburg , Ufa , and Tomsk .

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