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The University and the Health Sciences Center

A state-affiliated institution founded in 1844, Temple University is now one of the largest universities in the country. The Health Science Center includes the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy; the College of Allied Health Professions; and Temple University Hospital. It is located on Broad Street, five blocks from the North Philadelphia Amtrak Railroad Station and about 1-1/2 miles north of Broad Street and Montgomery Avenue, the site of the main campus of Temple University. In its annual rankings, US News & World Report lists Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University one of the five most applied-to medical schools in the nation, plus names it among the nation’s top 50 graduate schools for research.

Programs of Study

The Temple University MD/PhD Program provides the opportunity to obtain expertise in clinical medicine and become broadly trained in modern basic science research at an institution known for excellence in teaching and research. The program is comprehensive, demanding, and challenging and thus attracts bright, highly motivated individuals drawn to a research career in academic medicine. Excellent research training in topical scientific problems is available with advisers in the School of Medicine Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program. An area of concentration can be earned in one of the following five clusters:

  • Cancer Biology and Genetics
  • Infectious Disease and Immunity
  • Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
  • Neuroscience
  • Organ Systems and Translational Medicine

In addition, the majority of the advisors are also associated with the School of Medicine research centers, including:

The Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program provides rigorous scientific training within a concentration in one of the five cluster areas and a strong association with disease-based research centers. Research opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Cellular differentiation and stem cells
  • Cancer biology
  • Molecular and biochemical microbiology and immunology
  • Platelet biochemistry
  • Neurovirology and AIDS
  • Epigenetics
  • Signal transduction
  • Substance abuse research
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Obesity and diabetes
  • Thrombosis and pulmonary disease
  • Neural repair and rehabilitation
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Repair of the spinal cord, brain and peripheral nervous system

The seven/eight years of study are divided into three periods:

  • Basic biomedical sciences (2 years)
  • Graduate studies (3 or 4 years)
  • Clinical rotations (2 years)

Student Group

Currently, 27 students are enrolled in the Temple University MD-PhD Program; an average of 3 students per year are accepted for study. Approximately 761 students are enrolled in the School of Medicine. The total population at the Health Sciences Center, including professional students, is approximately 2,000.