Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Medicine
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
PhD, MS and MMS (Jointly with PA Studies program)
To train the next generation of basic and clinical scientists in innovative, significant and state-of-the-art molecular, cellular and translational investigation to advance disease prevention and treatment and to promote human health.
The Molecular Medicine and Translational Science PhD graduate training program was one of the first established molecular medicine programs in the nation and is part of the Molecular and Cellular Biosciences Track of Wake Forest University Graduate School. This track provides a first year of comprehensive training to pre-doctoral students that emphasizes:
Students in the Molecular Medicine and Translational Science (MMTS) PhD program will then receive additional training in translational research with significant clinical exposure that will link knowledge from the laboratory to applications in clinical medicine. This training comes from both physicians and basic scientists in various scientific fields, such as:
The MMTS PhD training program prepares research scientists with a broad knowledge of human disease, molecular mechanisms in pathophysiology, and the clinical implications of their basic research. Application to this PhD program is made through the Molecular and Cellular Bioscience Track. This unique track allows students to enter graduate school with the freedom and flexibility to explore several programs before committing to a specific research topic. A range of mentors can be selected whose research spans basic and translational fields of cutting-edge molecular and cellular biology.
The PhD/MMS is a 5- to 7-year sequential degree program that is offered in conjunction with the Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The student earns a Master of Medical Science (MMS) in PA Studies after completing a PhD in Molecular Medicine and Translational Science (MMTS).
This degree program targets students interested in clinical research, community research and the translation of knowledge into improved human health. Graduates with the PhD/MMS will be basic scientists trained to function successfully in clinical environments and will have considerable professional flexibility. They can work as clinician scientists on teams conducting clinical trials, for example, or they can teach and do research within academic health centers.
The student can apply for admission to the PA program during the first, second or third year of study in the PhD program and will begin the preclinical year in the PA program after completing the final thesis defense.
Students interested in the PhD/MMS combined degree program must meet the PA program course prerequisites to be eligible for admission the combined degree program.
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive
Locale: Midsize City
Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999