General Requirements of the GCB Program

Programmatic offerings in GCB fall along two tracks: Genomics and Algorithms (GA) and Biomedical Informatics (BMI), which have shared and distinctive course offerings. Genomics and Algorithms focuses on foundational coursework around genomics, biological, computational, and statistical approaches in thesis work, with flexibility to tailor to the previous experiences and directed research plans of the student. The Biomedical Informatics track shares foundational coursework requirements for algorithms and statistics, but provides focuses on coursework offerings emphasizing Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence applications to health systems and health system data. Students do not need to know which track they wish to join before matriculating into our program. Both tracks are available for dual degree MD/PhD or VMD/PhD MSTP students on a compressed course schedule.  Click on the links below for more details descriptions of each offering:

GCB Genomics and Algorithms Track: PhD or Dual Degree
GCB Biomedical Informatics Track: PhD or Dual Degree

Students in both GCB tracks take courses, do lab rotations with GCB faculty, and attend the research seminars sponsored by the Institute for Biomedical Informatics (IBI), the seminar series of their host department, as well as weekly student-faculty “chalk talks”.

The GCB curriculum combines several required courses specifically designed for the GCB program and additional courses available from other programs. In the first year, students take three courses and participate in one lab rotation each semester. During the second year, the lab rotation is replaced by pre-dissertation research in the student’s thesis lab under the direction of their mentor.

In view of the highly varied academic backgrounds of students in GCB, members of the Advising Committee meet with each student individually once per semester (Year 1 and 2) and plan courses and rotations. Under the GCB curriculum, students are required to complete a minimum of ten classes. The advising committee helps design a course schedule for each student that matches his/her needs and interests, aided in part by the completion and discussion of the NIH-required Individual Development Plan.