|The Medical College of Georgia
School of Graduate Studies
Graduate programs in Biomedical Sciences,
Biostatistics, Allied Health Sciences and Nursing
The Location and Community
Downtown Augusta is enjoying a revival with Riverwalk Augusta as its centerpiece. The area boasts casual to fine dining restaurants, the National Science Center’s Fort Discovery, and a variety of cultural activities including theatres, museums, the symphony, opera, and ballet. Augusta is home to the Lynx ice hockey team, the Augusta Green Jackets baseball team and the Masters Golf tournament. The Augusta area features many facilities for outdoor activities including tennis clubs, golf courses and running/biking trails. Nearby attractions include Lake Thurmond, polo tournaments and other equestrian events.
Programs Of Study And Degree Requirements
The Medical College of Georgia offers a Ph.D. degree in seven biomedical science programs:
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology http://www.mcg.edu/GradStudies/gbiochem.htm
Cellular Biology & Anatomy http://www.mcg.edu/GradStudies/gcba.htm
Molecular Medicine http://www.mcg.edu/gradmm/
Vascular Biology http://www.mcg.edu/GradStudies/vascularbio.htm
Each program is dedicated to training students for leadership positions in biomedical research and related careers. Students are admitted via a common admissions process to the Ph.D. programs in biomedical science. After completing first-year course requirements and laboratory rotations, students select their dissertation research advisor and enter into an individual program.
The Department of Oral Biology and Maxillofacial Pathology offers both Master of Science and PhD degree programs. http://www.mcg.edu/GradStudies/goralbio.htm
Graduate programs in Allied Health sciences include: the Master of Science program which offers opportunities for expanded careers in education, research and practice; the Master of Science in Medical Illustration program and the new Master of Public Health in Health Informatics program.
This program offers multiple graduate level degree options including a Ph.D. in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), a Master of Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing in:
Adult Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Anesthesia
Facilities And Resources
Tuition: As a state-assisted university, the Medical College of Georgia offers one of the most reasonably priced graduate educations available. Tuition for full-time students enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies in non-nursing programs for the 2006-07 academic year (per semester) is $2,184 for Georgia residents and $8,732 for nonresidents. Tuition for full-time students enrolled in School of Graduate Studies programs in nursing for the 2006-07 academic year (per semester) is $2,724 for Georgia residents and $9,232 for nonresidents. All students are required to pay an additional $75 technology fee per semester. PhD students who are granted a graduate research assistantship pay a reduced tuition of $25 per semester. Students with 6 or more hours per semester pay health, activity, and miscellaneous fees ranging from $240 to $293 per semester, depending upon the specific program, program location, and semester enrolled. Nonresident graduate students may qualify for resident fees through the tuition waiver program administered by the School. Fees are subject to increase for 2006-07. For a complete listing of tuition and fees visit: http://www.mcg.edu/students/Tuition_and_fees/gradfees.htm
How To Apply
The Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program will pay the application fee of $30 for applicants that meet the following criteria:
Applicants are United States citizens or individuals with a permanent resident visa status
Applicants are applying to the Ph.D. program in Biomedical Sciences
Candidates should check individual programs for exact admission requirements accessed through: http://www.mcg.edu/Admissions/index.htm
Deadlines for completed applications for 2006 admission are specific for each program and can be found listed on the application at: http://www.mcg.edu/students/gradpgms/gradapply.pdf
An on-line application form can be accessed through http://www.mcg.edu/students/gradpgms/
or to request an application call (706) 721-2725 or write to:
Office of Academic Admissions
Early application is strongly encouraged.
Completed applications should be sent to the Office of Academic Admissions (address above).
Who To Contact
Darren Browning, Ph.D.
Areas of research interest in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program are focused on important human health problems including drug abuse and its effect of the developing fetus, drug delivery, membrane transporters and their relevance to human disease, pathogenic bacteria and factors affecting their virulence, the regulation of inflammation and cancer by cyclic nucleotide dependent protein kinases, the control of globin gene expression, corneal wound healing, and RNA degradation.
Zheng Dong, Ph.D.
The Cellular Biology and Anatomy program provides diverse training opportunities in developmental biology, cell biology and neuroscience. Students use state-of-the-art techniques to investigate biomedical problems related to vision, the heart, nervous system, thymus, cardiovascular and neural crest cell development, genetic regulation of development, neurodegenerative diseases, the cytoskeleton and regeneration, special senses, growth factors and cellular signal transduction mechanisms, nuclear structure/function and multi-drug resistance, gastroenterology and vascular biology.
Wendy Bollag, Ph.D.
The Molecular Medicine graduate program is based in an interdisciplinary research institute rather than an academic department. The program provides strong emphasis on molecular processes underlying human disease. Research interests are focused in developmental neurobiology, cancer biology and gene regulation, molecular immunology, biotechnology and genomic medicine, regenerative medicine and molecular chaperones and radiobiology.
Deborah L. Lewis, Ph.D., Professor
The Graduate Program in Neuroscience at the Medical College of Georgia is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with an understanding of the disorders of the nervous system by integrating study of basic molecular, cellular and systems level neuroscience. In addition students shadow doctors in innovative clinical neuroscience rotations to understand how neuroscience research can reduce the burden of neurological and psychiatric disorders.
Over 35 faculty members mentor students in research on drug abuse, memory, vision, hearing, ion channels, neuronal migration, growth of dendrites, development, synapse formation, regeneration, puberty, epilepsy, stroke, post traumatic stress disorder, Schizophrenia, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
Richard White, Ph.D.
Pharmacology is a wide-ranging discipline encompassing chemistry, molecular and cellular biology, physiology and behavior. Our faculty members apply a wide array of techniques to questions relating to cardiovascular function and the nervous system. Faculty research interests include receptor-associated proteins, cell signaling via G protein-coupled receptors, protein kinases and ion channels and cognitive function in aged primates.
Michael Brands, Ph.D.
Physiology integrates concepts and principles from all areas of medical science to understand function, from the molecular to the whole-animal level. Our faculty members have expertise in cardiovascular and renal physiology, hypertension, behavioral neuroscience and genetics, adrenal endocrinology and genetics, with experimental techniques ranging from chronic animal studies to state-of-the-art genomic and proteomic work. We foster a spirit of collaboration that provides a virtually limitless ability to answer the most important questions in biomedicine.
David Pollock, Ph.D.
Research projects pursued by faculty in the Vascular Biology program encompass studies ranging from the molecular and genetic level, to the regulation of cellular processes, to multi-cellular and organ system regulation, as well as to human studies. Research interests include topics related the permeability function of the retinal microvasculature, responses of endothelial and smooth muscle cells to injury, growth and proliferation of vascular cells, endothelial dysfunction in hypertension and cardiomyopathy, roles of vasoactive mediators in mammalian cell function, and signal transduction in vascular endothelial cells.
MD/PhD GRADUATE PROGRAM
Students in the MD/PhD Program can perform dissertation research for the Ph.D. on the Medical College of Georgia, University of Georgia, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Georgia State University campuses. A wide variety of opportunities in the area of biomedical research are available for students in the MD/PhD Program.
ORAL BIOLOGY & MAXILLOFACIAL PATHOLOGY GRADUATE PROGRAM
The Oral Biology and Maxillofacial Pathology program provides a wide range of oral health research opportunities. Biomedical engineering and molecular approaches, along with state-of-the-art equipment, are used to study research areas such as orthodontic tooth movement, regulation of cranial suture closure, dentin dynamics, fluoride metabolism, hormonal effects on oral health, temporomandibular joint histomorphology, chemopreventive agents and biomarkers of oral cancer, salivary biology, and biocompatibility of dental materials.
BIOSTATISTICS GRADUATE PROGRAM
The main objective of the Master of Science program in Biostatistics is to produce MS level Biostatisticians able to consult, at the staff level, with medical and health researchers. This program is designed to provide an intensive exposure to the wide range of ideas, methodology and techniques needed to perform as a staff-level statistician in the areas of designing and collecting data from experiments, observational studies, and clinical trials; and analysing and reporting such data, with the aim of extracting information from these data stored in various forms. The application focus is on medicine, nursing, allied health, laboratory science and other biological disciplines.
GRADUATE PROGRAMS IN ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES
The Master of Science is a research degree program for allied health and related professionals. The program is interdisciplinary, research-oriented and requires the completion of a thesis. The School of Allied Health Sciences offers allied health concentrations in Biomedical and Radiological Technologies, Dental Hygiene, Health Informatics, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Respiratory Therapy, Medical Illustration, and Physical Therapy. Programs leading to a Master in Public Health in Health Informatics and Master of Science in Medical Illustration are also offered.
The Master of Public Health in Health Informatics (iMPH) program is a new two-year graduate program that aims to produce public health professionals with skills and competencies that contribute to the management, analysis, and dissemination of personal and population health related information. This program is designed to be a comprehensive and integrated educational experience encompassing public health, health informatics and health administration themes. For more information about the Master in Public Health program, contact:
Miguel A. Zuniga, MD,MHA, DrPH
The Master of Science in Medical Illustration program is one of only five in the nation and is accredited by AMI and CAAHEP. The curriculum includes basic medical science courses, training in the materials, techniques, and uses of medical illustration; planning the production of instructional media; and experience in preparing scientific information for presentation through publication and audiovisual methods of communication. For more information about the Master in Medical Illustration program, contact:
Andrew E. Swift
As of January 1, 2005, no new students will be enrolled into The Master of Health Education Degree Program until further notice. Several of the disciplines that were originally served by this degree have moved to Master entry level.
GRADUATE PROGRAMS IN NURSING
The focus of the Nursing graduate programs at the Medical College of Georgia has been and continues to be to prepare nurses as outstanding health care leaders for the State of Georgia and beyond. The School of Nursing faculty is dedicated to the integration of teaching, research, and practice, ensuring that every graduate is prepared to reach the farthest ends of his or her career goals. You will find a variety of highest quality, innovative educational programs to meet your needs. Partnerships across the Georgia educational institutions provide unlimited learning opportunities for MCG students. The Medical College of Georgia is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The School of Nursing programs are approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.