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Molecular and Systems Toxicology, PhD

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Contact Information
School of Public Health, MMC 819, A395 Mayo Memorial Building, 420 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. (612-626-3500 OR 1-800-774-8636, FAX 612-624-4498).
  • Students will no longer be accepted into this program after Summer 2019. Program requirements below are for current students only.
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  • Program Type: Doctorate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 53
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • The PhD research project can occur at any of the University of Minnesota coordinate campuses.
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
This program is an interdisciplinary major offering the PhD degree housed in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences within the School of Public Health. All requirements of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health must be completed within a seven-year time frame degree completion. A master's degree is not required for completion of the PhD in molecular and systems toxicology.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
B.A. or B.S. in basic sciences from an accredited institution of higher education required.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Basic chemistry through organic chemistry, biochemistry,and cell biology.
Special Application Requirements:
Physiology course recommended before starting program.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
    • General Test - Verbal Reasoning: 150
    • General Test - Quantitative Reasoning: 150
    • General Test - Analytical Writing: 3.5
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 100
The preferred English language test is Test of English as Foreign Language.
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
23 credits are required in the major.
6 credits are required outside the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Current topics in toxicology (PubH 8165) must be taken for 1 credit each over two separate terms.
Required Courses
PUBH 6112 - Environmental Health Risk Assessment: Application to Human Health Risks from Exposure to Chemicals (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6164 - Toxicological Analysis (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6320 - Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6414 - Biostatistical Literacy (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6742 - Ethics in Public Health: Research and Policy (1.0 cr)
PUBH 8163 - Toxicology (5.0 cr)
PUBH 8165 - Current Topics in Toxicology (1.0 cr)
PUBH 8166 - Experiences in Toxicology Research (3.0 cr)
Minimum of six credits of electives
Selected in consultation with academic advisor
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PUBH 6112 - Environmental Health Risk Assessment: Application to Human Health Risks from Exposure to Chemicals
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to risk in context of regulatory decision making. prereq: PubH 6102 or instructor permission.
PUBH 6164 - Toxicological Analysis
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Methods in molecular toxicology. Research facilities at University. Field trips to local organizations employing modern toxicological methods. prereq: Enrollment in toxicology concentration of Environmental Health PhD program, instr consent
PUBH 6320 - Fundamentals of Epidemiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This course provides an understanding of basic methods and tools used by epidemiologists to study the health of populations.
PUBH 6414 - Biostatistical Literacy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Develop ability to read/interpret statistical results in primary literature. Minimal calculation. No formal training in any statistical programming software. Biostatistical Literacy will cover the fundamental concepts of study design, descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, odds ratios, relative risks, adjusted models in multiple linear, logistic and Poisson regression, and survival analysis. The focus will be when to use a given method and how to interpret the results, not the actual computation or computer programming to obtain results from raw data. prereq: MPH or certificate student or environmental health or instr consent
PUBH 6742 - Ethics in Public Health: Research and Policy
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to ethical issues in public health research/policy. Ethical analysis. Recognizing/analyzing moral issues.
PUBH 8163 - Toxicology
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Biological/physiological principles that govern toxicological methods. prereq: Enrolled in toxicology concentration of environmental health PhD program
PUBH 8165 - Current Topics in Toxicology
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Seminars presented by students/faculty in toxicology grad program. prereq: [Environmental health PhD, toxicology concentration] student or instr consent
PUBH 8166 - Experiences in Toxicology Research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Students complete research projects in labs of toxicology program graduate faculty members. prereq: Environmental health PhD student in toxicology concentration