Year-by-year curriculum

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All VAIGS graduate students follow a similar curriculum schedule, with the majority of seminar-style courses being completed during the student’s first and second year. Years three through five are heavily focused on the student’s dissertation work as well as professional development.

Curriculum Organizer

Students complete eight, four-week modules in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, genetics and epigenetics, bioinformatics and pathophysiology before selecting the laboratory in which they will complete their dissertation research. Through this approach, students acquire specific knowledge to address complex research questions and the skills to locate and evaluate the concepts, models and evidence that already exist in scientific literature. More on this unique and integrated disease-centric learning process can be seen in our Curriculum Organizer by clicking here.

Year one


Year two


Years three and four


Year five