Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences

Degree: Interdisciplinary Degrees

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The Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences (IBS) Ph.D. Program at the University of Georgia (UGA) was approved by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents in 2013 and instituted that same year. The IBS Program was established in the Biomedical and Health Science Institute (BHSI), and the BHSI serves as its administrative home. The purpose of the BHSI is to facilitate and promote interdisciplinary research and instructional efforts at UGA in the fields of biomedical and health sciences. The BHSI is comprised of three divisions: Neuroscience, One Health, and Basic and Translational Biomedical Sciences. The IBS Ph.D. Program at UGA involves over 70 faculty from across campus representing a eight colleges. The Program awards doctoral degrees in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences.

The ultimate goal of the IBS is the education and training of biomedical and health scientists with a focus on understanding the basic and applied aspects of biomedical phenomena. Within this goal, our mission is to provide students with a wide array of research opportunities in several more focused curricula, while assuring that all students receive core training in molecular sciences, communication skills and scientific ethics. The program recognizes that the biomedical and health sciences have become very broad in scope and may draw, as needed, from traditional disciplines as unlikely as journalism and agricultural sciences. The selection of programs of study for student may, therefore, draw from a large body of possible courses that will be approved by the Graduate Student Advisory Committee. Currently three areas of study are approved; cancer biology, disease ecology, and biomedical research sciences.


Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute
Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute
Athens, GA 30602-7371
Phone: 706/542-5922

Academic Department

Basic and Translational Biomedical Sciences
S150 Paul D. Coverdell Center
Athens, GA 30602-7394
Phone: 706/542-5922


Graduate Coordinator

Harry A. Dailey


The goals of the BHSI are to: offer a number of broadly based, interdisciplinary graduate degrees which will facilitate the recruitment of graduate students in the areas of interest to the BHSI; provide a "seamless" application and administration process for interdisciplinary grant applications; serve as a focal point at UGA for future biomedical and/or health science related initiatives both on campus and with outside partners establish a prominent public profile for UGA biomedical and health sciences research; enhance UGA public service and outreach in the biomedical and health fields.

Based on the range of current activity, existing strengths, and opportunities for expansion, the Institute is structured with three program areas, each led by a Divisional Chair: the Division of Basic and Translational Biomedical Sciences - Chair, Kojo Mesa Wilmot, Ph.D.; the Division of Neuroscience - Chair, Phil Holmes, Ph.D; the Division of One Health - Chair, Susan Sanchez, Ph.D.

Admissions to the graduate program in IBS will follow the guidelines of the University of Georgia Graduate School.

Given the biological and molecular nature of graduate studies in interdisciplinary biomedical sciences, it is recommended that students have a background in upper division biology, as well as chemistry, biochemistry and/or cell biology.

Multiple departments including over 70 faculty participate in the IBS Ph.D. program at the University of Georgia. This interdisciplinary nature of biomedical sciences requires study across a range of topics. Thus, students will be interacting with faculty in multiple departments.

The Ph.D. program in IBS at the University of Georgia has three areas of content focus. These include the following:

1. Cancer Biology
2. Disease Ecology
3. Biomedical Research Sciences



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