The Department of Pathology offers a program of study and research training leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree. This program focus on the comprehensive study of pathogenic mechanisms of disease. This knowledge, and the ability to apply it, is absolutely essential for the ultimate prevention and cure of all diseases, whatever their cause. The educational program for the Ph.D. degree is designed to foster analytical problem-solving within the wide range of the basic medical sciences, with particular emphasis on the fundamental disciplines of cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, and immunology.
The doctoral program leading to the Ph.D. in Pathology allows for great flexibility in course work to suit the student’s particular interest. The hallmark of the Ph.D. is, however, laboratory training and the development of research skills to prepare the student for a career as a research scientist in the broad area of pathogenesis of human disease. A wide range of research laboratories within the Department of Pathology, the College’s Cancer Research Institute and the adjacent American Health Foundation are available for the student’s dissertation research project.