Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology

Program of Study

The first year of graduate study in biomedical sciences at Vanderbilt is through the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program. During the first year of this program, students take a core course composed of modules that emphasize cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and integrated topics such as neuroscience, immunology, microbial pathogenesis, and molecular medicine. Students also participate in 4 seven week rotations in laboratories within any of the participating departments. At the end of the first year, students choose a department and a preceptor. Students electing the Department of Pathology complete their course work during the second year, including a course on the Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease. The final two to three years of the program are devoted to research.

Students enrolled in the M.D./ Ph.D. degrees program at Vanderbilt (Medical Scientist Training Program) may elect graduate study in the Cellular and Molecular Pathology Program after completion of the required research rotations, and after the first or second year of medical school.  

Required Courses:

PATH 331 - Seminar in Experimental Pathology  FALL [1]
PATH 332 - Current Topics in Experimental Pathology  SPRING [1]
PATH 333 - Fundamentals of Scientific Communication  SPRING [3]
PATH 351A - Cellular & Molecular Basis of Disease  SPRING [3]

PATH 351B - Cellular & Molecular Basis of Disease  FALL [3]

PATH 379- Non-Candidate Research
PATH 399 - PhD Dissertation Research


PATH 322-  Experimental Methods in Pathology FALL, SPRING, SUMMER.  [2-4]
PATH 329
- Lipoprotein Metabolism  SPRING [2]
PATH 335 - Molecular Pathology of Extracellular Matrix  SPRING [2]
PATH 337 - Cellular & Molecular Basis of Vascular Disease  FALL [3]


Additional specific classes may be required if on a training grant.  

Mentors should be consulted regarding additional relevant coursework.   

Course Schedule - click here