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Graduate Program in Physiology and Biophysics

With the explosion in technology for studying health and disease at the cellular, molecular and genetic levels, it is the task of the modern physiologist to integrate that information to understand function at the whole organism level. This integration brings into focus the multiple mechanisms that contribute to the myriad functions of the body in health and disease.

About the program

In keeping with the mission of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the Department of Physiology and Biophysics maintains an active and productive role in teaching, research, and service to the medical center and to the national and international community. Extramural funding for the department, primarily from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Heart Association (AHA), totals - $12,000,000/year.

The department is home to an NIH funded Center of Biomedical Research Excellence, the Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research, and two NIH funded training grants (Mississippi Diversity in Hypertension Cardiorenal Researchers Program and the Hypertension and Cardiorenal Diseases Research Training Program) that support graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduate students who are underrepresented minorities.  In addition to these major programs, the faculty members are nationally recognized researchers, and play leading roles in national and international service to the American Physiological Society, the AHA, the AHA Council for High Blood Pressure Research, NIH, the International Society of Hypertension and the Inter-American Society of Hypertension.

The Department of Physiology offers a PhD in Physiology and supports a MD/PhD degree in Physiology.

For the PhD degree, a minimum of 60 credit hours in physiology and biomedical science courses are required. At least 15 of the 60 credits must be outside the major area of study. In addition, at least one first author original research publication and a dissertation are requisites for the PhD. Our PhD students are fully financially supported throughout their training, receiving a full tuition scholarship, student healthcare, and a living stipend of $28,000 per year.

The MD/PhD degree is offered to highly qualified students by the School of Medicine in collaboration with the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences. This program is designed primarily to train physician scientists who seek a professional career combining clinical skills and research.

For a list of prerequisites and an application, click here.

For more information

Professor of Physiology
Director of Graduate Studies