Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences College of Medicine University of Florida

Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences College of Medicine University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
December 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
3 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


IDP in Biomedical Sciences

The Interdisciplinary Program (IDP) in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Florida, College of Medicine is designed to prepare students for a diversity of careers in research in academic, government, and commercial settings. This Ph.D. program provides modern, comprehensive graduate education in biomedical sciences across six areas of concentration (see below) while providing both maximum program flexibility and appropriate specialization.

The IDP in Biomedical Sciences is based on three concepts:

1) The first year of graduate study provides both core and specialized curriculum.

All incoming students take a common core curriculum during the fall semester to provide a fundamental background on which the advanced concentrations can build. In the second semester students can specialize in a single concentration or explore two concentrations. The curriculum includes lectures, journal clubs, seminars, and small groups. Students perform three laboratory rotations over the first year to determine their dissertation mentor.

2) Advanced studies are organized into specialized concentrations for the focused training of students.

Concentrations (majors) design and implement the curriculum for advanced graduate students. The seven advanced graduate concentrations are:

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology


Immunology & Microbiology

Molecular Cell Biology


Physiology & Pharmacology

Cancer Biology

These concentrations are described in the "Programs" link at the top of this page. A minor in Clinical and Translation Science can be added to these six concentrations.

3) Broad selection of mentors by graduate students.

IDP students may choose as a mentor any of the graduate faculty in the program, regardless of department or concentration affiliation. The graduate faculty spans eight basic science departments in the College of Medicine and College of Dentistry, as well as faculty members from other Health Science Center colleges and colleges throughout the University of Florida.

Students choose their mentor and concentration by the spring semester of their first year. Some students enter the IDP in Biomedical Sciences in a completely undifferentiated manner and use the first two semesters to explore the academic and research offerings of different concentrations to ultimately focus their studies. Other students join the program with a very specific research goal in mind and pursue that goal from their initial enrollment. The flexibility of the curriculum accommodates both types of students.

Affiliated Research Centers/Institutes

Students and faculty members of the program can be affiliated with a wide variety of research centers and institutes on the campus including the McKnight Brain Institute, Emerging Pathogens Institute, Genetics Institute, Cancer Center, Powell Gene Therapy Center, Institute on Aging, Clinical and Translation Science Institute, Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, Maples Center for Forensic Medicine, among many others. Many of these programs have their own training grants.

The University of Florida

The College of Medicine is part of the Academic Health Center located on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville. IDP students can therefore take part in a wealth of academic opportunities across the university, as well as enjoy the sports, cultural, and social aspects of being part of a major American Association of Universities campus. The University of Florida is the seventh largest university campus in the U.S. with essentially every academic component of the university system represented on campus (e.g., dentistry, law, engineering, business, liberal arts and sciences, veterinary medicine, agriculture, public health, nursing, fine arts, education, journalism, pharmacy).

Living in Gainesville

Gainesville has a population of over 120,000, and is located in Alachua County with a population of about 250,000. Gainesville is within a two-hour drive of Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, and the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean beaches. The region is noted for its numerous fresh water springs, which are famous for tubing and canoeing, among other outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and camping. Of course, Gator sports dominate campus life, and tickets are available to graduate students, often for free. As would be expected from a major college-oriented city, there is a wide spectrum of social activities for students. As opposed to most large cities, the cost of living in Gainesville is moderate, and students live comfortably on their stipends.

Location & Contact

Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences

College of Medicine
University of Florida

PO Box 100229
Gainesville, FL 32610-0229
United States

Dr. Paul Gulig

Associate Dean of Graduate Education

Phone: 352-273-8603
Fax: 352-846-3466

Susan Gardner

Admissions Coordinator

Phone: 352-273-8600
Fax: 352-846-3466

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Biological And Biomedical Sciences Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees 43
    • 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? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


17% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 267
    • Accepted 47
    • Acceptance Rate 17
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $30
    • Application Fee - International $30
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 1st December 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 3.0, biochemistry before enrollment
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, IELTS required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableHealth Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Traineeships, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students234
    • Female Percentage56%
    • Male Percentage44%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students234
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino2%
    • Black / African American4%
    • White / Caucasian62%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian17%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown15%



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