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School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences University of Mississippi Medical Center

  • Jackson, MS
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 71%29%
    student ratio
  • 196
    total students
  • $7,030 | $7,030
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition

Overview

The University of Mississippi Medical Center

The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) conducts ground-breaking studies that improve the health of Mississippians and humankind. For example, the Medical Center is unraveling diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity and hypertension; advancing cancer treatment; and creating cutting-edge programs for world-renowned organizations like NASA.

UMMC also has more than 10 research centers and institutes including the Cancer Institute, Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Mississippi Center for Obesity Research, Cardiovascular-Renal Research Center, and Women's Health Research Center.

The School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences at UMMC

The university's School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences has more than 200 graduate faculty members who conduct a diverse range of biomedical research. Areas of interest include device biomechanics, health behavior, cardiovascular and renal diseases, health disparities, immunology, inflammatory diseases, and virology.

The School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences provides a resource-rich environment that promotes scientific inquiry, fosters academic excellence, and embraces diversity. As a result, students gain the expertise needed to become highly-skilled researchers who make major contributions to scientific literature, and accomplished educators who train the next generation of health care professionals and biomedical scientists.

Graduate Programs in Health Science

The School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences offers programs leading to Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.

The University of Mississippi Medical Center offers Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs in anatomy, biochemistry, biomedical materials science, medical pharmacology, microbiology, neuroscience, nursing, pathology, and physiology and biophysics.

Furthermore, the school has a dual M.D./Ph.D. program that consists of 4 years of medical school and 3 years of graduate study.

The Scope of M.S. Programs

M.S. degree programs consist of a minimum of 30 credit hours of courses. Some programs also include master's theses that are based on original research.

UMMC offers a post baccalaureate premedical program (M.S. in the Biomedical Sciences). This program is designed for students wishing to improve their academic credentials or for those who need to complete premedical requirements prior to applying to professional school.

Doctoral Study

Ph.D. students generally complete coursework during the first 2 years of their programs. After the successful completion of their qualifying exam, the student is usually admitted to candidacy at the end of their second year. In the remaining years, the student engages in full-time research projects that culminate with their dissertations and at least one peer-reviewed first authored publication.

Career Opportunities

Most students continue their training as postdoctoral fellows at other institutions. Many graduates are employed as faculty or staff at numerous medical centers, universities, research institutes, governmental agencies, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

Stipends, Tuition and Financial Aid

The University of Mississippi Medical Center offers stipends that are awarded on a competitive basis. The current stipend amount is $24,150 per year for up to five years.

If the student is a citizen of the United States, they may also be eligible for a Dean's Scholarship. This full-tuition scholarship as well as the stipend is awarded on the basis of academic excellence, maturity, and research experience.

Students wishing to be considered for a stipend and/or scholarship for the upcoming Fall Semester should apply for admission prior to April 1.

Student Research

Research is an important component of graduate study at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Students conduct independent research that demonstrates their ability to form hypotheses, design and carry out experiments, interpret results, and share their findings with the scientific community.

In addition, they are encouraged to write and publish multiple works, attend conferences, give presentations and create poster presentations of current research during the annual Research Day.

Accomplished Faculty Members

There has been a long history of biomedical research and research training at UMMC. Many of our former trainees and current faculty have served or currently serve as editors or associate editors of major scientific journals. Moreover, our faculty and former trainees have obtained leadership positions in medical institutions throughout the world and in major scientific societies.

Guest Lecturers in the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences

Departments within the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences host lectures and seminars that enhance learning and provide networking opportunities.

The Graduate School hosts the Career Opportunity and Professional Development Lecture Series. This lecture series is designed to expose students to non-traditional career paths.

The University of Mississippi Medical Center

UMMC is located in Jackson, Mississippi, in the southern region of the United States. It is the only academic health science center in the state.

The university serves more than 2,600 students through the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Health Related Professions, Dentistry, and Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences.

Student Life at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC)

UMMC provides a full-range of resources including academic consulting, counseling, health care, as well as a credit union and employment opportunities.

The Associated Student Body (ASB) council represents the student body to the university's administration. The Graduate Student Body (GSB) officers are members of this council. Both the ASB and GSB host social activities for students.

Other recreational options include intramural leagues such as flag football, basketball, soccer, and volley ball.


Location & Contact

School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences

University of Mississippi Medical Center

2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216-4505
United States

Dr. Joey Granger
Dean
Dr. Libby Spence
Associate Dean, Recruiting

Phone: 601-984-1195 
Fax: 601-815-9440
Email: lspence@umc.edu

Ms. Barbara Westerfield

Director, Student Records and Registrar

Phone: 601-984-1080
Fax: 601-984-1079
Email: bwesterfield@umc.edu

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Biological And Biomedical Sciences Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 44
    • Doctoral Degrees 24
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Required
    • Doctoral Degrees Required and first authored publication
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Departments & Programs

  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Materials Sciences
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • MD/PHD Program
  • Medical Pharmacology
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing
  • Pathology
  • Physiology and Biophysics

Admissions

54% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 172
    • Accepted 93
    • Acceptance Rate 54
    • Enrolled 68
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $25
    • Application Fee - International $25
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline June 1 Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1 Not Reported Not Reported
    • Summer deadline April 1 Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Baccalaureate Degree in a relevant scientific discipline
    • GPA (3.0 or better is for PhD programs, 3.0 preferred for MS programs)
    • Three letters of recommendation for PhD Programs
    • A personal statement
    • GRE score ≥ 300 on the combined verbal and quantitative scores is preferred

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$7,030
    • Out-of-state tuition *$7,030
    • International student tuition$7,030
    • * Tuition for full-time graduate student per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesLaboratory and special fees vary
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • * Fees for full-time graduate students
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 15
    • Types of financial support availableStipends, loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students196
    • Female Percentage71%
    • Male Percentage29%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students196
    • Part-time Percentage15%
    • Full-time Percentage85%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino1%
    • Black / African American20%
    • White / Caucasian68%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian9%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown1%

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty245
    • Full-time Percentage94%
    • Part-time Percentage6%
    • Female Percentage29%
    • Male Percentage71%

Research

  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchdevice biomechanics, health behavior, cardiovascular and renal diseases, health disparities, immunology, inflammatory diseases, virology
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$44,517,037


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