PhD degree in Quantitative Biomedical Sciences

Students entering the PhD program are expected to have coursework in calculus, statistics, and programming, or to have demonstrated their experience in these areas. They are expected to be ready to use techniques of calculus, including differentiation and integration of multivariable functions, and to be comfortable with programming and scripting languages, both procedural and objected-oriented, such as R and Python.

PhD requirements

The QBS PhD degree includes eight core course requirements, expected to be completed in the first two years, and 3.5 units of electives. During the first year, students perform three research rotations under the supervision of three different program faculty members.

Review degree requirements for the PhD.

Core coursework

PhD students take core courses in Computer Science, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Epidemiology, and study topics through journal clubs. All students gain teaching experience as part of their training.

See core courses for the QBS doctoral degree.

Elective courses

Elective courses in a wide range of areas are available to PhD students in this multidisciplinary program.

Explore the list of electives.

QBS degree timeline

The QBS PhD is a residential, full time doctoral program, with cohorts of 10 students admitted each year.
Review the PhD program timeline to learn more about current and future course offerings.