Graduate Program


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  • Academics

    With the explosion in technology for studying health and disease at the cellular, molecular and genetic levels, it is the task of the modern physiologist to integrate that information to understand function at the whole organism level. This integration brings into focus the multiple mechanisms that contribute to the myriad functions of the body in health and disease.

    Graduate program

    In keeping with the mission of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the Department of Physiology and Biophysics maintains an active and productive role in teaching, research, and service to the medical center and to the national and international community. Extramural funding for the department, primarily from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Heart Association (AHA), totals - $7,493,896/year.

    The department has one of the longest funded NIH program project grant in the United States and is currently in year 39 of funding. In addition to research, the faculty play leading roles in national and international service to the American Physiological Society, the AHA, the AHA Council for High Blood Pressure Research, NIH, the International Society of Hypertension and the Inter-American Society of Hypertension.

    The Department of Physiology offers a PhD in Physiology. The department also supports a MD/PhD degree in Physiology.

    For the PhD degree, a minimum of 60 credit hours in physiology and biomedical science courses are required, at least 15 of the 60 credits must be outside the major area of study. In addition, a dissertation is a requisite for the PhD.

    The MD/PhD degree is offered to highly qualified students by the School of Medicine in collaboration with the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences. This program is designed primarily to train physician scientists who seek a professional career combining clinical skills and research.

    For a list of pre-requisites and an application, please click here.

    Medical physiology

    The course director is Dr. John E. Hall. For more information, e-mail Oz Heidke or Gerry McAlpin.

    Dental physiology

    The course director is Dr. Thomas Adair. For more information, e-mail Oz Heidke or Gerry McAlpin.