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The graduate program in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Florida is supported by eight basic science departments that cooperate in the recruitment, admission, and training of predoctoral students. Specialized training is available via eight advanced interdepartmental concentrations, which can be thought of as majors, although the degree is a PhD in Medical Sciences.

The mission of the program is to provide a predoctoral educational experience that will train experimentalists and scholars for a wide range of careers in biomedical sciences. The curriculum is designed to provide maximum flexibility for the training of biomedical research scientists. The educational goals are to promote biological literacy by providing core and advanced curricula covering key chemical, biological, and genetic principles using molecular, cellular, and physiological approaches, and to promote scholarship in biomedical science through mentored, original research.

Students choose their mentor and concentration during the spring semester of their first year. Although students can enter the program in a completely undifferentiated manner, many join with a very specific research goal in mind. The flexibility of the curriculum accommodates both types of students.