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Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

PhD program

The PhD degree in The Molecular Basis of Medicine program of the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine is designed to prepare individuals for investigative careers in disease-related, translational research. It provides PhD training to individuals with a BA or BS who wish to be trained in biomedical research.  The PhD program is unique in that all laboratories participating in the program, whether focusing on basic or applied studies, have a disease focus. The goal of the PhD program at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine is to graduate students who will continue to perform disease-related studies that will transform medical practice.

The program is designed for individuals who wish to focus their investigations on human biology and pathobiology: 1) through direct investigation of humans, with or without particular diagnoses, or of their cells or tissue 2) through studies of animal models of disease as a preamble to direct human studies or 3) through the study of isolated molecules and molecular pathways.

At the School of Medicine, the PhD program is small, flexible and tailored to each individual student. It de-emphasizes classroom learning and introduces students to learning modalities that are better suited to a career in a field of rapidly expanding information and evolving paradigms.

There are four required courses specific to the proposed degree, all taught in an interactive format. Students also have the opportunity to take courses with graduate students in complementary programs at Hofstra University, as well as to participate in courses with Elmezzi Scholars.  The latter group consists of PhD students already holding the MD degree who are matriculated in the Elmezzi Graduate School of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.