All PhD students at Indiana University School of Medicine must select a minor as part of their education and research training. The requirement provides students with additional breadth and depth to the graduate curriculum, allowing students to focus in a second area in a way that can help prepare them for their research and their future career path. The minor consists of courses outside of the student's primary program and can take many forms.
PhD students select their minor for a number of different reasons:
- Using coursework that you have already completed as part of the first-year IBMG learning experience
- Selecting a minor that extends your scientific knowledge in a way that benefits your research at the School of Medicine or your future career path
- Enrolling in a minor option that is career-path specific, such as science policy, teaching biomedical science at the university level, or the business of medicine and science
Students may also work with their advisory committees to develop an individualized minor that creates a collection of courses and experiences to prepare students in a way that is specific to them. Most minors require 12 credit hours of course work. In cases where less than 12 credit hours are required, students take additional elective courses from their primary PhD program.