Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Graduate Research Programs

Feinberg offers a variety of doctorate and master's degree programs, as well as research certificate programs. More than 500 students are currently enrolled in graduate or master's programs, and 400 additional students are enrolled in graduate professional programs. These programs allow students to pursue a wide variety of research interests ranging from basic sciences to translational and clinical research, while studying on Chicago's vibrant urban lakefront campus.

PhD Student

Doctorate Graduate Research Programs

Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Graduate Training Program in Life Sciences (DGP)

The Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Graduate Training Program in the Life Sciences, formerly known as the Driskill Graduate Program in the Life Sciences (DGP), was established in 1990 to serve as an umbrella program for graduate student training in all basic science and clinical departments at the medical school. The program is designed to give its students flexibility in choosing courses, research interests and thesis advisors at the medical school while offering them a strong foundation in the modern sciences. Students can earn a PhD degree in one of their nine curricula.

Visit the Driskill Graduate Training Program website.

MD/PhD - Doctor of Medicine/PhD (Medical Scientist Training Program, MSTP)

The MSTP program allows students to work toward both an MD and PhD degree through the medical school and the Graduate School, respectively. Students are first admitted to the medical school before applying for the MSTP.

Visit the MSTP website.

Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (NUIN)

Four schools and 20 departments participate in this program, which offers students a PhD in Neuroscience. Those enrolled work with faculty from the Graduate School, Feinberg School of Medicine, School of Speech and the School of Engineering. One of NUIN's goals is to provide the students with hands-on laboratory research.

Visit the NUIN website.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

The Physical Therapy program is a 27-month program offered through the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement. Upon fulfilling degree requirements, students sit for the license examination.

Visit the Physical Therapy website.

Clinical Psychology PhD Program

This degree is offered by the division of Psychology within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Each year, five to seven new students are admitted.

Visit the PhD in Clinical Psychology website.

Health Sciences Integrated PhD Program

The Health Sciences Integrated Program (HSIP) offers doctoral student training across multiple disciplines within the Health Sciences.

Visit the Health Sciences Integrated PhD Program website.

Master's Graduate Research Programs

Master of Science in Clinical Investigation

The Master of Science in Clinical Investigation is a part-time evening program that complements the public health master's program in providing education in quantitative and ethically sound methods necessary for design, implementation, analysis and publication of clinical research studies.

Visit the Master of Science Clinical Investigation website.

Master of Science in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MSEB)

The MSEB is an intensive, four-quarter (July 1 - June 30) degree program in epidemiology and biostatistics. The program provides an education in the design, conduct and data analysis of population-based research with a focus on quantitative methods. It is sponsored by the Department of Preventive Medicine.

Visit the Master of Science in Epidemiology and Biostatistcs website.

Master of Genetic Counseling

This 18-month program is aimed at preparing students to provide one-on-one or group genetic counseling. Students apply through the Graduate School. The program is conducted primarily on the Chicago campus.

Visit the Genetic Counseling section of the Graduate School website.

Master of Science in Health Communication

The Master of Science in Health Communication is a one-year program that prepares graduates to design, produce, analyze and evaluate effective campaigns, policies, protocols and media products in order to improve health and healthcare outcomes.

Visit the Master of Science in Health Communication program website.

Master of Science in Health Services and Outcomes Research

The Master of Science in Health Services and Outcomes Research is a part-time program that provides interdisciplinary research training to students, fellows, residents and faculty who want to expand their research expertise and make contributions to the fields of health services and outcomes research. The program is geared toward physicians, PhDs and experienced healthcare professionals. It aims to equip graduates to investigate and address key issues related to the delivery and outcomes of healthcare.

Visit the Master of Science in Health Services and Outcomes Research website.

Master in Health Informatics (MHI)

The MMI program prepares students for opportunities across the spectrum of healthcare delivery, exploring current systems as well as industry trends and developing essential skills such as change management and negotiation. The MMI program provides specific course tracks to cater to students from both clinical and IT backgrounds and prepares students for board certification in medical informatics, a designated medical subspecialty.

Visit masters in Health Informatics website.

Master in Prosthetics-Orthotics (MPO)

The Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center masters in Prosthetics & Orthotics Program (MPO) is a full-time, two-year (21-month) academic curriculum that prepares the graduate to enter an accredited residency program, sit for national certification examinations and become a successful entry-level practitioner in prosthetics and orthotics. 

Visit the masters in Prosthetics-Orthotics (MPO) website.

MD/MPH - Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health

The MD/MPH Program allows students in the medical school to earn a Master of Public Health degree part-time in the evening while they earn a MD at Feinberg. It's administered through the Department of Preventive Medicine. Students should first be accepted into the medical school before applying to the Graduate School.

Visit the MD/MPH Program website.

Master of Public Health (MPH)

The MPH program is a part-time evening program designed to prepare healthcare professionals to be boundary spanners between clinical care and public health. Students typically complete four hours of classroom instruction per week, year-round, for three years. This program is administered through the Feinberg Department of Preventive Medicine.

Visit the Master of Public Health website.

Master of Science in Regulatory Compliance

An interdisciplinary professional program, Northwestern University's MSRC addresses core areas of regulatory compliance, including risk management, quality systems, leadership and communication skills. The MSRC curriculum focuses on these interdisciplinary core competencies while also stressing practical applications within the program's three tracks: healthcare compliance, clinical research and quality systems.

Visit the Masters of Science in Regulatory Compliance website.

Master of Science in Reproductive Science

This 18-month, full-time, terminal Master of Science degree program focuses on mammalian reproductive biology and medicine through structured reproductive science coursework, hands-on laboratory instruction, seminars and independent thesis research. The mission of MS-RSM is to provide fundamental reproductive science training with a focus on applications to human health.

See the program overview on the Center for Reproductive Science site.

Meet Our Students

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Salva BalbaleSalva Balbale
Health Sciences Integrated PhD Program
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Clinical Psychology PhD Program
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Medical Scientist Training Program
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Driskill Graduate Program
Jonah MusaJonah Musa
Health Sciences Integrated PhD Program

About Our Research

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