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MD-PhD Combined Degree Program


Welcome to the MD-PhD Combined Degree Program at UTMB. The program has been training physician-scientists since 1983. This training program utilizes an integrated educational approach that optimizes elements of medical school and graduate school curriculums to provide an outstanding training experience. Our training prepares students to excel in patient care and their research discipline of choice but, most importantly, to identify and bridge gaps between these to advance health care.

We invite you to navigate through these pages, to find out more about how the MD-PhD Combined Degree Curriculum takes advantage of the outstanding resources provided by our School of Medicine (the first medical school in Texas, founded in 1891), our Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences  and the School of Public and Population Health (home of PhD Programs in disciplines as diverse as Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Population Health Sciences and Medical Humanities), and the many Institutes and Centers housed at UTMB (including the Aerospace Medicine Center, the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity, the Center for Addiction Research and the Sealy Center for Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics, among many others).


Michael Laposata, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Pathology
University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-0419
Telephone: (409) 772-0090

Why a MD-PhD Career?