Experimental Pathology Ph.D. Learning Outcomes

The PhD program in Experimental Pathology trains graduate students to become proficient and successful investigators who are able to:

PLO1: Core Knowledge 

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of central concepts in the biomedical sciences  
  • Understand the current concepts in experimental pathology 
  • Demonstrate specialized knowledge of biomedical science sufficient to carry out substantive independent research

PLO2: Research Methods and Analysis  

  • Formulate hypotheses based on current concepts in the field
  • Design, conduct, and interpret their research project(s)
  • Understand the range of tools appropriate for research in their biomedical sub-field
  • Understand and follow research ethics 

PLO3: Scholarly Communication  

  • Review and cogently discuss relevant literature and their significance 
  • Publish research results in peer-reviewed publications and in a dissertation 
  • Communicate research results effectively through oral presentations at scientific seminars, conferences, and other venues
  • Make clear and cogent oral presentations, including effective use of technology

PLO4: Professionalism 

  • Select appropriate conference venues for their research
  • Write compelling abstracts describing their research for consideration at research conferences in biomedical research or appropriate application areas
  • Prepare talks (both short and long) suitable for presentation at a research conference
  • Make effective contributions to research teams and learning seminars
  • Make effective contributions to department, university, and community
  • Mentor more junior researchers (e.g. undergraduates, beginning graduate students)

PLO5: Independent Research  

  • Develop their own research projects that meet high standards of theoretical and methodological rigor with lasting impact
  • Produce scholarship that is comparable in scope and format to articles that appear in leading peer-reviewed journals in biomedical science

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