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Foundations for Biomedical Science PhDs Serving Indigenous Cultures (Certificate NDP) 
Program Description

The Foundations for Biomedical Science PhDs Serving Indigenous Cultures certificate program is designed to provide American Indian/Alaskan Native students with a rigorous research and educational program that honors Indigenous perspectives and nurtures a strong sense of well-being and belonging. This program will enhance the confidence and success of participants and their matriculation into strong biomedical PhD programs and subsequently increase the diversity of PhD-level scientists. 

Department/Academic Unit(s)

College of Medicine, Tucson -

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson provides state-of-the-art programs of medical education, groundbreaking research opportunities, and leading-edge patient care. As Arizona’s only MD degree-granting college, the UA College of Medicine is proud to be a resource for the state and its people.

Founded on the campus of the University of Arizona in 1967, today the UA College of Medicine ranks among the top medical schools in the nation for research and primary care. From an initial class of just 32 students, the UA College of Medicine today has graduated more than 3,400 physicians. College of Medicine students, faculty, staff, and alumni today continue more than 45 years of service in advancing medical care and knowledge in Arizona—and around the world.

College of Medicine, Tucson  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Tiffani Begay
Graduate Program Coordinator
Tiffani Begay
Director of Graduate Studies
Margaret M Briehl
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Applications may be submitted between November and March 2nd, and students will begin the program in June. The deadlines listed below are recommended deadlines. Our committee will begin reviewing all applications on or after March 2nd.

Applicants must meet these requirements:

  • A tribal member of an affiliated American Indian/Alaskan Native tribe
  • Must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Must have graduated or be in the process of graduating with a baccalaureate degree in a biomedically relevant science from an accredited US college or university (no more than 36 months prior to applying to UA PREPs certificate program
  • Must not be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program
  • Must plan to enter a PhD program in a biomedical field after successful completion of certificate program
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Financial Aid

The certificate program does not provide financial aid.

Admissions Deadlines

Early application deadline: March 2nd


International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Students will take a minimum of 13 units of course work (listed below), attend mentoring workshops, and participate in guided research and professional development opportunities provided by the UA PREP program. As participants in the NIH-sponsored PREP program at the UA, certificate students will devote 75% of their efforts is devoted to mentored research, and 25% is devoted to coursework and professional development activities.

Minimum of 4 units of research (from the courses below):
AIS 793 Internship (1-6),
AIS 900 Research (1-9) or AIS 694 Practicum (1-6),
AIS 697 C Research Design for American Indian Communities (3)

Minimum of 9 units of biomedical study (from courses below):
PATH 515 – Mechanisms of Human Diseases (4)
BIOS 576A – Biostatistics in Public Health (3)
MCB 595 E – Topics in Research (2)

*Electives to substitute required courses at the advisor’s discretion:
MAS 505 – Traditional Indian Medicine:  Health, Healing, and Well Being
MAS 535 – Mexican Traditional Medicine:  An Overview of Indigenous Curing Cultures
AIS 581 – Issues in Native American Health:  An Introduction to Critical Thinking
*3 units may be substituted with program advisor approval, or in the rare case that a student may have taken some of the required courses

Minor Requirements


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Last revised 08 Feb 2019