The Foundations for Biomedical Science PhDs Serving Indigenous Cultures certificate program is designed to provide American Indian/Alaskan Native students, and students from other underrepresented groups in science, 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.
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
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Applications may be submitted between October and March, and students will begin the program in June. The deadlines listed below are the recommended deadlines. Our committee will begin reviewing all applications on or after March 2nd.
Applicants must meet these requirements:
Students are paid an annual stipend to participate in PREP@UAZ. Tuition costs and health insurance are covered by PREP@UAZ.
Early application deadline: March 2nd
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Students will take a minimum of 13 units of graduate course work (listed below), attend mentoring workshops, and participate in guided research and professional development opportunities provided by the PREP@UAZ program. As participants in the NIH-sponsored PREP program at the UA, certificate students will devote 75% of their full-time efforts to mentored research, and 25% to coursework and professional development activities.
*Up to 13 units of graduate-level coursework earned toward this certificate will be transferrable towards the requirements of other graduate degree programs at the University of Arizona
7 units of biomedical study (from courses below):
PATH 515 – Mechanisms of Human Diseases (4)
BIOS 576A – Biostatistics in Public Health (3)
3 units of American Indian or Mexican American Studies (options include the following):
AIS 531A: Traditional Ecological Knowledge (3 units)
AIS 535: Mexican Traditional Medicine: An Overview of Indigenous Curing Cultures (3 units)
AIS 537A: Nation Building I (3 units)
AIS 541A: Natural Resource Management in Native Communities (3 units)
AIS 548: Research Design and Methodology (3 units)
AIS 595a: American Indian Studies (3 units)
MAS 505 – Traditional Indian Medicine: Health, Healing, and Well Being
MAS 535 – Mexican Traditional Medicine: An Overview of Indigenous Curing Cultures
*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
Minimum of 3 units of graduate-level biomedical coursework in the field of the future PhD (examples):
BIOC 568 – Nucleic Acids, Metabolism & Signaling (4 units)
BIOS 576B – Biostatistics for Research (3 units)
BME 577 – Introduction to Biomedical Informatics
CMM 525A – Functional Human Histology (4 units)
EPID 573A – Basic Principles of Epidemiology
HPS 535 – Multicultural Health Beliefs (3 units)
MCB 572A – Cell Systems (3 units)
PSIO 584 – Cardiovascular Muscle Biology & Disease (3 units)
Maintain a 3.0 GPA
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.