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Ph.D. in HNFE

The department offers a Doctor of Philosophy in HNFE degree in Behavioral and Community Science, Clinical Physiology and Metabolism, and Molecular and Cellular Science.

For information about faculty affiliated with each track, please refer to the Graduate Program Faculty page.

Degree Requirements

Ph.D. Credits:
90 total credits
27 course credits
30 research and dissertation credits (HNFE 7994)

Research Ethics and Integrity Requirements:

Required Courses

  • HNFE 5204 Translational Science in HNFE (4 cr)
  • Graduate Statistics 6 credits required for Ph.D. (See course offerings page for potential options.)

Milestone Requirements for Ph.D. Degree:
See specific details in the Doctoral Graduate Handbook.
Use this one-page checklist to track your progress.
View this PowerPoint presentation for an overview of the milestones.

  • Convene an advisory committee.
  • Submit a plan of study (due by the end of the second semester).
  • Complete all coursework on plan of study.
  • Submit a progress report (due every spring).
  • Take and pass qualifying exam (due semester 4).
  • Take and pass preliminary exam (due semester 6).
  • Take and pass final exam (due semester 8-10).
  • Submit electronic dissertation.

Helpful Information:

Robert Grange, PhD
Interim Graduate Program Director

Graduate Program Coordinator

For more information, email or call 540-231-5549.