Interdisciplinary Program (IDP) Overview

The Interdisciplinary Program (IDP) in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Florida College of Medicine provides a rewarding and highly flexible educational and training experience leading to a Ph.D. degree. The goals of the program are to expand the students knowledge base, provide experimental training, and focus the students natural creativity talents in the discovery process. The IDP consists of a common recruiting and admission process, and a one or two semester integrated educational and training period. After the first or second semester in the IDP, students choose one of six advanced concentrations for more specialized training. These advanced concentrations include:

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Immunology & Microbiology
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Physiology & Pharmacology

The IDP curriculum is designed to provide maximum flexibility for the training of biomedical research scientists, and prepare them for careers in academics, government or industry. An important feature of the program is that students enter with no formal commitment to any advanced program or research laboratory, and they may choose from any mentor among the entire IDP faculty for first-year laboratory rotations and ultimately for their dissertation mentor. Admission to the IDP is determined by a faculty committee, with representation from all advanced concentrations.