Please note: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will now be called "UT Health San Antonio."

Academics-Physiology & Pharmacology

The Integrated Biomedical Sciences (IBMS) Graduate Program is a dynamic multidisciplinary program composed of seven disciplines across basic science and clinical departments. Students matriculating into the IBMS are given the opportunity to customize their educational experience and realize their unique interests and professional aspirations.

Students choose coursework, an area of research, and a mentor based on their interests and professional goals. The IBMS program also partners with businesses and community organizations to empower students by providing internships and potential employment opportunities. 

Objectives of the Ph.D. Program

- Provide students with in depth training in specific areas of biomedical sciences, with emphasis on hypothesis-driven problem-solving research.

- Train students for careers in university settings, or leadership positions in research & development industries, or government.

- Produce graduates able to work independently, to develop experimentation designed to solve biomedical problems, and to evaluate and analyze the outcomes of the experimentation

Additional research opportunities…

- Many collaborations among faculty in various IBMS disciplines

- As a Health Science Center, students can engage with our School of Nursing, School of Medicine, School of Dentistry and School of Health Professions for translational research opportunities

Collaborative interactions with scientists at:

- Texas Biomedical Research Institute

- UTSA

- National Primate Center

- Hospitals

- San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) to name a few.

First year- Fall

- Fundamentals of Biomedical Sciences

- Responsible Conduct of Research

- Laboratory Rotations

- Seminar

First year- Spring

- Basic Principles of Physiology and Pharmacology

- Experimental Design and Analysis

- Journal Club and Student Presentations

- Seminar

- Research

- Electives courses in Neuroscience, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Cancer Biology etc.

Second year-Fall

- Integrative Physiology and Pharmacology

- Basics of Research Design

- Journal Club and Student Presentations

- Seminar

- Research

- Electives courses in Neuroscience, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Cancer Biology etc.

Second year-Spring

- Journal Club and Student Presentations

- Seminar

- Research

- Electives courses in Neuroscience, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Cancer Biology etc.

During the spring semester of the second year, students are actively preparing for the Qualifying Exam.

Third year

- Select Dissertation Supervising Committee and write research proposal

- Opportunities to learn grant writing skills and submit proposals for outside funding (F Troop)

- Participate in seminars and journal clubs

- More research

Fourth and Fifth year

- Research Research Research

- Attend scientific conferences (travel awards available)

- Participate in seminars and journal clubs

- Final seminar and dissertation defense

- Graduate with Ph.D. in Integrated Biomedical Sciences with emphasis in discipline specialty