Graduate & Postgraduate Studies

IMG_5323-X3AV mole model1Our programs for postdoctoral fellows (PhDs, MDs), graduate students (PhD candidates)  and master's students places an emphasis on molecular and cellular approaches to gain an understanding of environmental disease, with strong programs in environmental mutagenesis, mechanisms of DNA damage and repair, cell signaling, and carcinogenesis.

Ph.D. Program

Graduate students utilize our pathology laboratories as part of the Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Sciences graduate program.

See Graduate Medical Sciences for information on Ph.D. programs in biological and biomedical sciences.

Courses

Basic working knowledge of modern techniques in immunocytochemistry and histopathology is provided by a laboratory course featuring modern cell imaging and toxicology approaches. The requirements of the doctoral curriculum include a toxicology course and mechanisms of environmental disease course, an environmental pathology series, and ethics course. Our graduates go on to positions in a variety of academic, federal and industrial fields. We encourage minorities and women to apply for positions and have several alternative avenues of funding.

•Pathology 395 (Translational Pathology)

•Pathology 305

•Pathology 306

•Critical Readings in Redox Biology and Pathology

Master of Science in Pathology

The Department of Pathology offers thesis-based and non-thesis Master of Science degrees. The thesis-based M.S. degree is a course and research based program, with 24 credits in coursework, and 6 credits of research culminating in a written thesis and defense. A non-thesis M.S. degree requires 30 credits in coursework, but does not require a thesis or thesis defense. Research interests in the Department of Pathology are diverse, with special emphasis on Environmental Pathology and Cardiovascular Molecular Epidemiology.

Requirements for Admission

Students should apply for admission into the master’s in pathology program by March 15. Admission into this program requires the following:

  • Satisfactory undergraduate or graduate course work in chemistry, organic chemistry, and the biological sciences
  • Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general exam or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
  • Completion of the UVM graduate college application
  • Three letters of recommendation that attest to the student’s intellectual maturity, oral and verbal communication skills, and their aptitude for studies towards an advanced degree in this area

Program Learning Outcomes for Students

  • Attain a core set of knowledge within pathology and molecular biology.
  • Engage in a hypothesis based approach to pathology research (thesis track).
  • Think independently, creatively, and critically about established scientific findings and new discoveries in pathology.
  • Become effective written and oral communicators of science.
  • Successfully prepare for pathology-based careers in patient care, translational and basic science research, and biomedical education.

Program Requirements

A minimum of 30 credits with a minimum GPA of 3.00 and successful completion of a comprehensive oral exam are required for a master’s degree in pathology. Students enrolled in the thesis-based program must also write, present and successfully defend their research thesis. Students must also meet the Graduate College requirements for the Master's Degree.

Thesis Track (Core curriculum - 30 credit hrs)

  • PATH 305 (Molecular Mechanisms of Environmental Disease; 3 credit hrs)
  • PATH  303 (Translational Pathology; 3 credit hrs)
  • CLBI 301 (Cell Biology; 3 credit hrs)
  • PATH/ANNB 327 (Being a Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research; 1 credit hr)
  • Thesis Research (6-15 credit hrs)
  • A grant proposal
  • Students have the opportunity to take elective graduate levels courses, that include but are not limited to Clinical & Translational Science (CTS301A), Toxicology (PHRM 272), Principles of lung biology (CLBI 295F), Human Molecular Genetics (PATH 304), Genetics for Clinicians (PATH 325), Immunology/Host Defense (SURG 325), Data Analysis & Presentation I  (MPBP 325), after consultation with thesis advisor.

 Non-Thesis Track (Core curriculum – 30 credit hrs)

  • PATH 305 (Molecular Mechanisms of Environmental Disease; 3 credit hrs)
  • PATH 303 (Translational Pathology; 3 credit hrs)
  • CLBI 301 (Cell Biology; 3 credit hrs)
  • Additional approved courses (21 credit hrs)
  • Comprehensive oral examination
  • Students have the opportunity to take elective graduate levels courses, that include but are not limited to Pathology Rotation (PATH 330), Clinical & Translational Science (CTS301A), Toxicology (PHRM 272), Principles of lung biology (CLBI 295F), Human Molecular Genetics (PATH 304), Genetics for Clinicians (PATH 325), Immunology/Host Defense (SURG 325), Data Analysis & Presentation I  (MPBP 325), after consultation with thesis advisor.

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P&LM based Training/Core Facilities

Maastricht University Alliance

In 2007, the University of Vermont and Maastricht University signed an affiliation agreement, marking a formal arrangement to the Netherlands-based institution and UVM's previous ten-year collaboration. Maastricht's research and clinical care focus on cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic diseases and neuroscience overlaps the Larner College of Medicine's and The University of Vermont Medical Center's areas of excellence. In September of 2015 Maastricht University and UVM reaffirmed their formal alliance...read more.

As affiliates, the two institutions established a graduate student exchange program and collaborate in lung, cardiovascular, and proteomics research.

For more information, contact Yvonne Janssen-Heininger, Ph.D. or Jos Van der Velden, Ph.D.