Graduate Programs

Graduate Students

Our PhD program provides classroom and research experiences, helping students grow into professionals equipped with the experience to be great researchers. Providing students with an in-depth understanding of human physiology and advanced research skills is our hallmark. Our department houses state-of-the-art equipment, furthering our understanding of the physiological process.


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Doctorate Degree

A PhD in Human Physiology is the pathway to a broad range of careers in university level research and teaching. Our PhD program provides students with the opportunity to grow as university-level educators, and it stands out for its exceptional classroom and research experiences. Each PhD student works closely with a faculty advisor, who helps mentor them on the development of their research skills and career plans.

PhD Requirements

Your Path to Success in Human Physiology

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“I am very grateful for my education at the University of Oregon. The doctoral program in the department of Human Physiology allowed me to develop skills needed for both research and teaching. I graduated feeling well prepared for my career in academia.”

—Jun San Juan,
Human Physiology, '09

Courses

From research to individualized programs, your time in the Human Physiology doctorate program will give you the necessary skills to step into the career you want. Our faculty have expertise in a broad range of areas, from the subcellular, cellular, organ system to the whole-body level. Students are also encouraged to present their research at UO events, along with regional, national, and international conferences. Explore the opportunities across the graduate program below. 

Funding Your Graduate Studies

The human physiology graduate program offers multiple opportunities for funding. In order to be eligible for scholarships, applicants must be currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the UO, hold a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and have attended the UO for more than one year or have earned at least 27 credits. Additional support can stem from teaching or research, and many of our students work with their advisors to apply for external fellowships.

Funding and Research Support

Prepare for the Professional World

Students who complete their PhD through the human physiology graduate program go on to great success in the world of practical healthcare or research. Half of our alumni go on to postdoctoral fellowships, and many others go on to university faculty positions that balance a combination of both research and teaching.

Career and Professional Development

Finding Community in Human Physiology 

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“As I considered different graduate schools, it was really important to me to find a program with a strong sense of community. Human Physiology places a strong emphasis on developing this community through orientation and teaching workshops, regular department-wide seminars, and a common sequence of classes for all first-year graduate students taught by different department faculty members. I was fortunate that some of my fellow graduate students in different research areas soon became my close friends.”

—Emily Larson,
Human Physiology, current graduate student

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Our Graduate Students

Because of the relatively small size of our PhD program, students are able to connect easily during their time at the UO. They work closely together through teaching undergraduates and build a community through their research projects or exploring everything Eugene has to offer.

Resources for the Graduate Community 

Events

Master of Science in Finance Information Session
Dec1
Master of Science in Finance Information Session Dec 1
Let's Talk - Thursday 2-4PM
Dec1
Let's Talk - Thursday 2-4PM Dec 1 Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
"Understanding the Microbial History of the Pacific Islands: Insights on Human Adaptations to New Environments"
Dec1
"Understanding the Microbial History of the Pacific Islands: Insights on Human Adaptations to New Environments" Dec 1 Museum of Natural and Cultural History
2023 University of Oregon Chinese Flagship Program Info Sessions
Dec1
2023 University of Oregon Chinese Flagship Program Info Sessions Dec 1
Celebrate Undergraduate Research Excellence Award Winners!
Dec1
Celebrate Undergraduate Research Excellence Award Winners! Dec 1 Knight Library
6th Annual UO ©ritical A®t Show
Dec1
6th Annual UO ©ritical A®t Show Dec 1 Global Scholars Hall
9th Annual UO Hip Hop Jam
Dec1
9th Annual UO Hip Hop Jam Dec 1 Global Scholars Hall
Human Physiology Seminar Series with Warren Alilain, PhD
Dec2
Human Physiology Seminar Series with Warren Alilain, PhD Dec 2 Willie and Donald Tykeson Hall
“Embodied Ambiguity: Towards a Critical Phenomenology of Illness”
Dec2
“Embodied Ambiguity: Towards a Critical Phenomenology of Illness” Dec 2 Prince Lucien Campbell Hall (PLC)
Let's Talk - Tuesday noon-2PM
Dec6
Let's Talk - Tuesday noon-2PM Dec 6 Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence