University of Washington

School of Medicine

University of Washington Molecular Medicine and Mechanisms of Disease (M3D) PhD Program


UW, Extended MPH Degree, Box 357660

Box 359485

Seattle, WA 98195

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

The interdisciplinary M3D PhD Program trains students to use advances in basic sciences to solve problems relevant to human disease; and to use insights from human disease processes to solve fundamental biological problems. Three core courses focus on mechanisms of disease, the impact of basic science on medicine, and human genetics, providing a rigorous intellectual foundation. Each student participates in Chief of Medicine rounds, and in a mentored clinical rotation, in the broad area of human genetics or in a more focused area relevant to the student’s thesis research. Students also choose electives reflecting their own interests from the deep and varied menu offered by UW basic science and engineering departments. Thesis research is supervised by two mentors, one a basic scientist and the other a clinician scientist. Students complement their experimental work with exposure to relevant problems in the clinic. The M3D Program is designed for students to complete PhD training in five years, preparing trainees for careers in academia, biotech, pharmaceutical industry, education, publishing, and public policy. The M3D Phd Program curriculum features courses in the mechanisms of disease, molecular medicine, human genetics, mentored clinical rotations in addition to independent research and electives chosen by the trainee.


The Molecular Medicine and Mechanisms of Disease PhD Program leads to a doctoral degree in disease and disease mechanism-focused research.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 40,000+

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