Wake Forest University

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Medicine

Comparative Medicine


1834 Wake Forest Road

Reynolda Hall

Winston-Salem, NC 27106

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master’s Program in Comparative Medicine is intended to provide graduate research training specifically for individuals holding the DVM degree. Our commitment to pre- and post-doctoral education and training in the areas of comparative medicine and molecular and cellular pathobiology is integral to our mission. This mission is facilitated by the unique nature of our animal facilities and our faculty's expertise in working with animal models.

The program provides master’s degree candidates the opportunity to conduct research on a variety of key topics within the field.

Major research interests include:

  • Aging and Alzheimer's Disease 
  • Diabetes and obesity
  • Behavioral biology (such as depression and anxiety)
  • Nutrition
  • Cancer biology and risk assessment
  • Substance abuse
  • Cardiovascular disease and lipid metabolism
  • Women's health/reproductive medicine
  • Comparative pathology

The curriculum is designed to provide maximum exposure to comparative medicine research, animal models and related diseases. In addition to their coursework, master's degree candidates will be required to organize a thesis committee, submit a written thesis based on original research performed by the candidate and orally defend this work. The graduate research is expected to result in at least one first-author manuscript for publication.


Wake Forest University is accredited regionally by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC).

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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