Biomedical & Health Sciences - Ph.D. Programs

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Rutgers Biomedical Ph.D. Programs

Our interdisciplinary Ph.D. Programs at Rutgers University can provide a breadth and depth of knowledge with opportunities to learn computation, teamwork, leadership, and communication skills through innovative professional development programs like iJOBS. See below for competencies all Biomedical Ph.D. students will obtain at Rutgers.

All accepted full-time Ph.D. students will receive a competitive stipend along with full payment of tuition, health insurance, and general fees.

Ph.D. Graduate Student Outcomes

The average time to degree for Rutgers Biomedical Ph.D. students at Rutgers: 5.7 years

The average number of publications for Rutgers Biomedical Ph.D. students: 1.3 first-author papers, 3.5 total publications (n = 237 for graduates from 2016-2018).

Rutgers University Alumni Data from Academic Analytics (current position for n = 512 graduates from 2008 – 2023): 58% for profit (e.g. pharma/biotech/consulting/science writing), 13% non-tenure track academic positions (e.g.lecturer, research professor, adjunct faculty), 12% tenure track academic positions, 7% postdoctoral fellows, 5% government, 4% clinical practice and 1% non-profit.

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Molecular Biosciences

Rutgers Molecular Biosciences Umbrella Program offers students an innovative and integrated curriculum with training in biochemistry, genetics, cell and developmental biology, pharmacology, physiology, structural and computational biology. Our Ph.D. students have the opportunity to conduct thesis research in laboratories affiliated with multiple departments and institutes at Rutgers.

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Biomedical Engineering

The Biomedical Engineering faculty and students work together to advance key areas of bioengineering and technology, including molecular systems, nanosystems and microsystems, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, biomechanics and rehabilitation engineering, physiologic systems and bio instrumentation, biomedical imaging, and neuro-engineering.

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The Joint Graduate Program in Toxicology provides broad research training in biochemicals, organ system, and mechanistic toxicology with a strong foundation in drug metabolism, pathology, and molecular biology. Our Ph.D. Toxicology graduates enter into exciting positions in the pharmaceutical, chemical, and consumer product industries, government, and top research and teaching universities.

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The Graduate Program in Neuroscience includes faculty members from several departments representing neuroscience, cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and psychology, psychiatry, genetics, neurology, and animal sciences. The recently formed Brain Health Institute coordinates Neuroscience activities and seminars throughout the university.

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Public Health

For the advancement of health, wellness, and prevention of disease, our Public Health doctoral students continuously produce scholarly research in one of five concentration areas: biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, epidemiology, health systems and policy, and social and behavioral health sciences.

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Exposure Science and Assessment

Our Exposure Science and Assessment Ph.D. students are immersed in the study of human contact with chemical, physical, or biological agents. Students will investigate contacts occurring in their environments to advance the knowledge of the mechanisms and dynamics of events either causing or preventing adverse health outcomes.

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Our Ph.D. in Nursing Program prepares nurse scientists to conduct research that will guide safe and effective nursing care.

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Janet Alder Ph.D.

  • Assistant Dean for Graduate Academic and Student Affairs, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Postdoctoral Affairs, Associate Professor


James Millonig Ph.D.

  • Senior Associate Dean, Associate Professor


 - Broad conceptual knowledge  - core courses

 - Deep knowledge of a specific field - upper-level courses, thesis work, and journal clubs

 - Critical thinking - reading papers, planning experiments, reviewing grants and manuscripts

 - Experimental skills - rotations and thesis lab, collaborations

 - Responsible conduct of research – Ethical Scientific Conduct initial and refresher

 - Rigor and reproducibility - biostatistics classes 

 - Computational skills - computer programming class

 - Collaboration/Teamwork – working with other labs and within the lab, student organizations

 - Management and emotional intelligence skills - manage your own project, supervise undergraduates, interact with faculty and peers

 - Leadership and professionalism – iJOBS, join student organizations, volunteer for events

 - Communication skills - presentations in the lab, university, and national meetings, writing manuscripts and fellowships, Communicating Science class