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Hopkins Pathways to PhD

This initiative creates innovative, well-mentored, sustainable pathways programs in non-stem fields to contribute to the excellence and diversity of  JHU PhD programs across the university. More information about this initiative and the application can be found on the links to the right.

I. Background

Johns Hopkins University was founded as the nation’s first research university.  It continues to be the home for several thousand doctoral students, across more than 60 fields of study, pursuing an independent, scholarly PhD degree.  In its ongoing commitment to excellence, JHU seeks to ensure that it is attracting the most talented and best prepared students to all of its PhD programs.  One strategy for doing so is to create “pathways programs”.  Pathways programs can identify highly curious, creative, and motivated students, can excite them to continue their education at the graduate level, can connect them with JHU faculty in fields of interest, and can contribute to their readiness for the graduate student application process and graduate level research and scholarship.    While slots in pathways programs in STEM fields at Johns Hopkins are included as part of the Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative , there has not previously been centralized support for programs providing pathways to non-STEM PhD fields.  The Hopkins Pathways to PhD Programs initiative is designed to address that gap. 

II. The Opportunity

To further the identification, excitement, network building, and experience of students from backgrounds underrepresented in non-STEM graduate academic programs, Johns Hopkins University is making funds available, on a competitive basis, to create attractive, impactful, engaging, and sustainable summer and post-bac programs in non-STEM academic fields.  

  • Funding may be used to support summer programs, post-bac programs, or programs that provide a combination of these types of training. 
  • Post-bac programs may be coupled with the awarding of a master’s degree in a relevant field, or they may be standalone training and/or research experiences. 
  • Programs should be designed to expose, prepare, engage, and excite students toward consideration of the PhD degree as a foundational orientation of the pathways program.  
  • We expect that programs generally will be designed to prepare students for a “family” of related PhD programs, but with justification may be related to a single PhD program area. 
  • Non-STEM is defined here as any PhD program area that is not included under the Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative . 
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Special Education Degrees Available at Johns Hopkins

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Johns Hopkins Special Ed Rankings

In College Factual's most recent rankings for the best schools for special ed majors , Johns Hopkins came in at #8. This puts it in the top 5% of the country in this field of study.

Popularity of Special Ed at Johns Hopkins

In 2021, 18 students received their master’s degree in special ed from Johns Hopkins. This makes it the #238 most popular school for special ed master’s degree candidates in the country.

Salary of Special Ed Graduates with a Master's Degree

Special Ed majors graduating with a master's degree from Johns Hopkins make a median salary of $56,840 a year. This is a better than average outcome since the median salary for all special ed graduates with a master's is $48,941.


Special Ed Student Diversity at Johns Hopkins

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the special ed majors at Johns Hopkins University.

Johns Hopkins Special Education Master’s Program

Of the 18 special ed students who graduated with a master's degree in 2020-2021 from Johns Hopkins, about 17% were men and 83% were women.


The majority of the students with this major are white. About 72% of 2021 graduates were in this category.

The following table and chart show the ethnic background for students who recently graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a master's in special ed.


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Johns Hopkins graduate programs again ranked among nation's best

'u.s. news & world report' includes 38 jhu programs among the top 10 in the u.s. in its annual rankings, including no. 1 ranked programs in nursing and public health.

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Johns Hopkins University has 38 graduate schools, academic programs, and specialties ranked among the top 10 in the nation, including nine with No. 1 rankings, according to the latest edition of "Best Graduate Schools" from U.S. News & World Report , published earlier today.

Two schools at Hopkins—the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the School of Nursing —earned No. 1 rankings overall, and the School of Education entered the top 10, according to U.S. News & World Report .

Portions of the publication's annual list were released today but rankings for schools of medicine and engineering were delayed and will be released at a later date.

Among the new rankings released today:

The School of Nursing's DNP program ranked No. 1 for the third year in a row. Its master's degree programs tied at No. 1, up from No. 2 last year. In gerontology, the school moved up two spots to No. 1 for primary care, and up one spot to No. 2 for acute care. In other specialty areas, the School of Nursing's doctoral programs ranked:

  • Psychiatric/mental health: No. 1
  • Family: No. 3 (tied)
  • Leadership: No. 4 (tied)
  • Nursing Anesthesia: No. 36 (tie)

Public Health

The Bloomberg School retained its longtime No. 1 overall ranking among public health programs—it has held the top spot since 1994, the year the rankings began. In specialty areas, the Bloomberg School ranked:

  • Environmental Health Sciences: No. 1
  • Epidemiology: No. 1
  • Health Policy and Management (Public Health): No. 1
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences: No. 1
  • Biostatistics: No. 2

Johns Hopkins tied at No. 8 in the Education category, up from No. 13 last year. The school also tied at No. 23 in higher education administration programs.

Public Affairs

Overall, Johns Hopkins programs in public affairs tied at No. 39. In subcategories, Johns Hopkins tied at No. 6 in Health Policy and Management (Public Affairs), No. 11 in International/Global Policy and Administration, and tied at No. 35 in Public Policy Analysis.

U.S. News & World Report updates some of its rankings each year and republishes the most recent rankings in other areas. Among the republished rankings for Hopkins, which are still current:

Biological Sciences

Hopkins is tied for No. 6 overall with six top 10 specialty rankings:

  • Molecular biology: No. 3 (tie)
  • Cell biology: No. 4
  • Neuroscience: No. 4 (tie)
  • Immunology: No. 5
  • Genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics: No. 6 (tie)
  • Biochemistry, biophysics, and structural biology: No. 8


Hopkins is ranked No. 1 (tie) for Biostatistics at the doctoral level. (Note: U.S. News & World Report also ranks biostatistics as a sub-category of public health, where Hopkins is No. 2.)

The university is tied at No. 20 in Chemistry and ranks No. 9 in the Biochemistry subcategory.

Computer Science

The university is tied for No. 24 overall and tied at No. 21 in the specialty of Artificial Intelligence.

Earth Sciences

The university is tied at No. 30 in Earth Sciences.

Johns Hopkins' program in economics is tied at No. 22.

English tied at No. 13 overall with the following specialty rankings:

  • Literary criticism and theory: No. 3
  • British literature: No. 10 (tie)
  • American literature after 1865: No. 17

Health Care Management

The university is No. 7.

Johns Hopkins ranks No. 10 overall, with the following specialty rankings:

  • African-American history: No. 3 (tie)
  • Cultural history: No. 4 (tie)
  • U.S. Colonial history: No. 5 (tie)
  • Women's history: No. 6 (tie)
  • African history: No. 7 (tie)
  • European history: No. 7 (tie)
  • Modern U.S. history: No. 16 (tie)


Johns Hopkins is tied at No. 20 in Mathematics with the following specialty rankings: + Analysis: No. 18 (tie) + Algebra: No. 23 (tie) + Applied Math: No. 25

Overall, the university is tied at No. 13 with the following specialty rankings: + Living Systems: No. 5 (tie) + Cosmology: No. 7 + Condensed Matter: No. 13 (tie)

Political science

Overall, political science is tied at No. 41. In sub-categories, Johns Hopkins ranked: + Political theory: No. 8 (tie) + International politics: No. 24 (tie)

The university's graduate program in psychology is tied at No. 12 overall and tied at No. 5 in the subcategory of behavioral neuroscience.

Overall, sociology is tied at No. 29. The sub-category of sociology of population is tied at No. 17.

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Fellowship Offers Unique Teaching Opportunities for Doctoral Students

The Gordis Teaching Fellowship recognizes Dr. Leon Gordis’s commitment to excellence in teaching and his tremendous contributions to the Bloomberg School. 

The Bloomberg School of Public Health, together with the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, established the Gordis Teaching Fellowship in 2012. Named in honor of Leon Gordis, MD, DrPH, MPH, Professor Emeritus with the Bloomberg School’s Department of Epidemiology and director of the Johns Hopkins Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, this teaching fellowship is designed to enrich the Zanvyl Krieger School’s undergraduate curriculum with innovative courses which highlight trends and topics in public health. In addition, the Fellowship creates new teaching opportunities for doctoral students and allows undergraduates the opportunity to take seminar size classes that build on their foundation courses.

Tom Carpino

In 2023, Department of Epidemiology doctoral student Tom Carpino was awarded the Gordis Fellowship to teach his course “Sex and Syndemics” during the Spring 2024 semester. “The Gordis Fellowship has been an incredible way for me to connect with students about pressing public health issues relevant to my doctoral studies,” Carpino said. “In my course, I get to discuss sexual health and STIs while introducing the concept of syndemics: colliding epidemics which synergistically result in worse health outcomes for populations. It was a huge surprise how much interest there was in this course, with several students joining the waitlist.” The creation of the Gordis Teaching Fellowship is in recognition of Gordis’s commitment to excellence in teaching and tremendous contributions to the Bloomberg School. Gordis was an award-winning teacher and author of the book, Epidemiology. The fellowship program supports up to 10 fellows per year to teach small, seminar-style courses in the Undergraduate Program in Public Health Studies. Each Gordis Fellow receives $8,000 for teaching a course. All Bloomberg School doctoral students are eligible to apply for the Gordis Fellowship program, with the application cycle typically opening in April or May each year. The selected fellows will teach a 3-credit, 13-week course for one semester and may be invited to return if selected by the program director. “For anyone at BSPH interested in teaching and engaging their passions in different ways, I highly recommend this fellowship,” Carpino added. Questions related to the Gordis Fellowship program should be directed to Natalie Boyd, [email protected] .   

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Victor M. Mukhin was born in 1946 in the town of Orsk, Russia. In 1970 he graduated the Technological Institute in Leningrad. Victor M. Mukhin was directed to work to the scientific-industrial organization "Neorganika" (Elektrostal, Moscow region) where he is working during 47 years, at present as the head of the laboratory of carbon sorbents.     Victor M. Mukhin defended a Ph. D. thesis and a doctoral thesis at the Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia (in 1979 and 1997 accordingly). Professor of Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia. Scientific interests: production, investigation and application of active carbons, technological and ecological carbon-adsorptive processes, environmental protection, production of ecologically clean food.   

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Elektrostal is a vibrant city located in the Moscow Oblast region of Russia. With a rich history, stunning architecture, and a thriving community, Elektrostal is a city that has much to offer. Whether you are a history buff, nature enthusiast, or simply curious about different cultures, Elektrostal is sure to captivate you.

This article will provide you with 40 fascinating facts about Elektrostal, giving you a better understanding of why this city is worth exploring. From its origins as an industrial hub to its modern-day charm, we will delve into the various aspects that make Elektrostal a unique and must-visit destination.

So, join us as we uncover the hidden treasures of Elektrostal and discover what makes this city a true gem in the heart of Russia.

Key Takeaways:

  • Elektrostal, known as the “Motor City of Russia,” is a vibrant and growing city with a rich industrial history, offering diverse cultural experiences and a strong commitment to environmental sustainability.
  • With its convenient location near Moscow, Elektrostal provides a picturesque landscape, vibrant nightlife, and a range of recreational activities, making it an ideal destination for residents and visitors alike.

Known as the “Motor City of Russia.”

Elektrostal, a city located in the Moscow Oblast region of Russia, earned the nickname “Motor City” due to its significant involvement in the automotive industry.

Home to the Elektrostal Metallurgical Plant.

Elektrostal is renowned for its metallurgical plant, which has been producing high-quality steel and alloys since its establishment in 1916.

Boasts a rich industrial heritage.

Elektrostal has a long history of industrial development, contributing to the growth and progress of the region.

Founded in 1916.

The city of Elektrostal was founded in 1916 as a result of the construction of the Elektrostal Metallurgical Plant.

Located approximately 50 kilometers east of Moscow.

Elektrostal is situated in close proximity to the Russian capital, making it easily accessible for both residents and visitors.

Known for its vibrant cultural scene.

Elektrostal is home to several cultural institutions, including museums, theaters, and art galleries that showcase the city’s rich artistic heritage.

A popular destination for nature lovers.

Surrounded by picturesque landscapes and forests, Elektrostal offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and birdwatching.

Hosts the annual Elektrostal City Day celebrations.

Every year, Elektrostal organizes festive events and activities to celebrate its founding, bringing together residents and visitors in a spirit of unity and joy.

Has a population of approximately 160,000 people.

Elektrostal is home to a diverse and vibrant community of around 160,000 residents, contributing to its dynamic atmosphere.

Boasts excellent education facilities.

The city is known for its well-established educational institutions, providing quality education to students of all ages.

A center for scientific research and innovation.

Elektrostal serves as an important hub for scientific research, particularly in the fields of metallurgy, materials science, and engineering.

Surrounded by picturesque lakes.

The city is blessed with numerous beautiful lakes, offering scenic views and recreational opportunities for locals and visitors alike.

Well-connected transportation system.

Elektrostal benefits from an efficient transportation network, including highways, railways, and public transportation options, ensuring convenient travel within and beyond the city.

Famous for its traditional Russian cuisine.

Food enthusiasts can indulge in authentic Russian dishes at numerous restaurants and cafes scattered throughout Elektrostal.

Home to notable architectural landmarks.

Elektrostal boasts impressive architecture, including the Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord and the Elektrostal Palace of Culture.

Offers a wide range of recreational facilities.

Residents and visitors can enjoy various recreational activities, such as sports complexes, swimming pools, and fitness centers, enhancing the overall quality of life.

Provides a high standard of healthcare.

Elektrostal is equipped with modern medical facilities, ensuring residents have access to quality healthcare services.

Home to the Elektrostal History Museum.

The Elektrostal History Museum showcases the city’s fascinating past through exhibitions and displays.

A hub for sports enthusiasts.

Elektrostal is passionate about sports, with numerous stadiums, arenas, and sports clubs offering opportunities for athletes and spectators.

Celebrates diverse cultural festivals.

Throughout the year, Elektrostal hosts a variety of cultural festivals, celebrating different ethnicities, traditions, and art forms.

Electric power played a significant role in its early development.

Elektrostal owes its name and initial growth to the establishment of electric power stations and the utilization of electricity in the industrial sector.

Boasts a thriving economy.

The city’s strong industrial base, coupled with its strategic location near Moscow, has contributed to Elektrostal’s prosperous economic status.

Houses the Elektrostal Drama Theater.

The Elektrostal Drama Theater is a cultural centerpiece, attracting theater enthusiasts from far and wide.

Popular destination for winter sports.

Elektrostal’s proximity to ski resorts and winter sport facilities makes it a favorite destination for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities.

Promotes environmental sustainability.

Elektrostal prioritizes environmental protection and sustainability, implementing initiatives to reduce pollution and preserve natural resources.

Home to renowned educational institutions.

Elektrostal is known for its prestigious schools and universities, offering a wide range of academic programs to students.

Committed to cultural preservation.

The city values its cultural heritage and takes active steps to preserve and promote traditional customs, crafts, and arts.

Hosts an annual International Film Festival.

The Elektrostal International Film Festival attracts filmmakers and cinema enthusiasts from around the world, showcasing a diverse range of films.

Encourages entrepreneurship and innovation.

Elektrostal supports aspiring entrepreneurs and fosters a culture of innovation, providing opportunities for startups and business development.

Offers a range of housing options.

Elektrostal provides diverse housing options, including apartments, houses, and residential complexes, catering to different lifestyles and budgets.

Home to notable sports teams.

Elektrostal is proud of its sports legacy, with several successful sports teams competing at regional and national levels.

Boasts a vibrant nightlife scene.

Residents and visitors can enjoy a lively nightlife in Elektrostal, with numerous bars, clubs, and entertainment venues.

Promotes cultural exchange and international relations.

Elektrostal actively engages in international partnerships, cultural exchanges, and diplomatic collaborations to foster global connections.

Surrounded by beautiful nature reserves.

Nearby nature reserves, such as the Barybino Forest and Luchinskoye Lake, offer opportunities for nature enthusiasts to explore and appreciate the region’s biodiversity.

Commemorates historical events.

The city pays tribute to significant historical events through memorials, monuments, and exhibitions, ensuring the preservation of collective memory.

Promotes sports and youth development.

Elektrostal invests in sports infrastructure and programs to encourage youth participation, health, and physical fitness.

Hosts annual cultural and artistic festivals.

Throughout the year, Elektrostal celebrates its cultural diversity through festivals dedicated to music, dance, art, and theater.

Provides a picturesque landscape for photography enthusiasts.

The city’s scenic beauty, architectural landmarks, and natural surroundings make it a paradise for photographers.

Connects to Moscow via a direct train line.

The convenient train connection between Elektrostal and Moscow makes commuting between the two cities effortless.

A city with a bright future.

Elektrostal continues to grow and develop, aiming to become a model city in terms of infrastructure, sustainability, and quality of life for its residents.

In conclusion, Elektrostal is a fascinating city with a rich history and a vibrant present. From its origins as a center of steel production to its modern-day status as a hub for education and industry, Elektrostal has plenty to offer both residents and visitors. With its beautiful parks, cultural attractions, and proximity to Moscow, there is no shortage of things to see and do in this dynamic city. Whether you’re interested in exploring its historical landmarks, enjoying outdoor activities, or immersing yourself in the local culture, Elektrostal has something for everyone. So, next time you find yourself in the Moscow region, don’t miss the opportunity to discover the hidden gems of Elektrostal.

Q: What is the population of Elektrostal?

A: As of the latest data, the population of Elektrostal is approximately XXXX.

Q: How far is Elektrostal from Moscow?

A: Elektrostal is located approximately XX kilometers away from Moscow.

Q: Are there any famous landmarks in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal is home to several notable landmarks, including XXXX and XXXX.

Q: What industries are prominent in Elektrostal?

A: Elektrostal is known for its steel production industry and is also a center for engineering and manufacturing.

Q: Are there any universities or educational institutions in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal is home to XXXX University and several other educational institutions.

Q: What are some popular outdoor activities in Elektrostal?

A: Elektrostal offers several outdoor activities, such as hiking, cycling, and picnicking in its beautiful parks.

Q: Is Elektrostal well-connected in terms of transportation?

A: Yes, Elektrostal has good transportation links, including trains and buses, making it easily accessible from nearby cities.

Q: Are there any annual events or festivals in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal hosts various events and festivals throughout the year, including XXXX and XXXX.

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Pathobiology, PhD

School of medicine, program overview.

Pathology is an integrative discipline that looks simultaneously at the whole organism and its component cells, tissues, and molecules to study the causes and mechanisms of disease. It is a discipline that strives to understand the mechanisms of disease at fundamental levels, and to apply this understanding to improve management of these diseases in the clinical setting. The Pathobiology Graduate Program provides a strong background in pathology and related basic sciences to prepare students for academic, research, teaching, and biotechnology careers.

Program of Study

The Graduate Program in Pathobiology of the Department of Pathology offers a program of study leading to the Ph.D. degree in Pathobiology.

The Program provides students with opportunities to elucidate the mechanisms and origins of human diseases through an integrative approach emphasizing systemic processes based on molecular and cellular pathologic underpinnings. Students are prepared with formalized classroom instruction in all general areas of disease mechanisms and undertake specialized training (including thesis research) one of five programmatic areas: Immunopathology, Microbiology & Infectious Disease, Neoplasia, Neuropathology, Vascular Biology & Hemostasis.

Applicants are not required to designate a specific programmatic area of interest at the time of application or matriculation, and laboratory rotations across multiple disciplines are typical for students in the Program. However, special funding opportunities may be available for applicants with commitment to a particular discipline.

Pathobiology encompasses fundamental and applied studies of the biological basis of disease. Like the discipline of pathology itself, it straddles the traditional basic and clinical sciences. Research in Pathobiology is typically aimed toward the discovery of the basic mechanisms that cause disease with the goal of developing fresh insights leading to improved treatments or preventative measures. Thus, the students in the Pathobiology program are prepared for careers in the translation of basic biological principles to solve specific disease problems.

Learner Mental Health and Well-Being

The health and wellness of students are of utmost importance to us here at Johns Hopkins. Students struggling with anxiety, stress, depression, or other well-being-related concerns, can contact the Johns Hopkins Student Assistance Program (JHSAP at ). Additional resources are available at . 

Diversity and Inclusion

At Johns Hopkins we strive to be a model of a pluralistic society in which we acknowledge, embrace, and engage diverse identities, perspectives, and experiences. We seek to build and buttress an inclusive intellectual and physical environment to ensure that all members of our community know with certainty that they belong at Johns Hopkins. And we aspire to equitably share the benefits and burdens of dismantling persistent systemic barriers to individual and communal success.

We believe, fundamentally, that every person has equal dignity and worth, and our unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is rooted in this predicate principle. These core values are essential to our university’s academic, research, and public service missions, and bolster our commitment to excellence. Our search for truth and knowledge for the good of humanity depends on bringing the greatest variety of viewpoints and voices to bear on the challenges before us as students, scholars, staff, neighbors, and citizens.

At the intersection of these values is justice. Over the course of history, our nation and university have breached the ideals of justice by discriminating on the basis of race; ethnicity; sex; gender identity and expression; religious belief and observance; disability; socio-economic status; veteran/military status and other factors. We recognize the painful truth that such discrimination has inflicted multigenerational harm and further disenfranchises members of our society. Although our polity and our institution have made meaningful progress, we are by no means past the injury and loss caused by discriminatory practices. 

Johns Hopkins assumes its responsibility as a leading research university to work to achieve diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we hold ourselves accountable for our progress through transparency, open communication, and an ongoing, unflinching assessment of met and unmet needs.

More details and resources can be found at the following link:  Diversity at JHU  (


Johns Hopkins University values diversity and inclusion. We are committed to providing welcoming, equitable, and accessible educational experiences for all students. Students with disabilities (including those with psychological conditions, medical conditions and temporary disabilities) can request accommodations for courses by providing an Accommodation Letter issued by Student Disability Services (SDS). Please request accommodations for courses as early as possible to provide time for effective communication and arrangements.

For further information or to start the process of requesting accommodations, please contact Student Disability Services at the School of Medicine:  [email protected] .

Classroom instruction is conducted in the lecture, seminar, and conference rooms of the School of Medicine. Student research is conducted in the state-of-the-art research facilities of program faculty. These fully equipped laboratories support studies ranging from molecular, cellular, and physicochemical analyses through whole animal and informatics-based techniques. The Program takes special advantage of its clinical service laboratories and clinical activities to familiarize students with and provide resources for translational research.

Financial Aid

Candidates accepted into the Program are offered full support providing payment of tuition, health, dental and vision benefits as well as a stipend for the duration of their studies. For more details regarding financial aid opportunities, please visit their page at: . 

Admission Requirements

Students typically matriculate in July or August. The following 6 key elements for are required for application and ultimately for admission into the Program:

  • a bachelor’s degree from a qualified college or university;
  • your updated CV;
  • coursework with laboratory in inorganic & organic chemistry, general biology, and calculus;
  • official transcripts of undergraduate grades;
  • a minimum of three letters of recommendation; and
  • a one-to-two page personal statement including your research and career goals.

GRE Scores Not Required.   A s of Sept, 2019,  when applying to the Graduate Program in Pathobiology, we no longer  require  the  GRE General or Subject Tests scores , however if taken, applicants are  invited to share their scores.

Underrepresented minority students are strongly encouraged to apply and to contact the program directors for guidance. Personal interviews at Johns Hopkins are preferred.

Vivien Thomas PhD Scholars

The Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative (VTSI) is a new endowed fellowship program at Johns Hopkins for PhD students in STEM fields. It provides full tuition, stipend, and benefits while also providing targeted mentoring, networking, community, and professional development opportunities. Students who have attended a historically black college and university (HBCU) or other minority serving institution (MSI) for undergraduate study are eligible to apply. To be considered for the VTSI, all application and supplementary materials must be received by  December 2, 2023 .

More information about the VTSI program is available at the link below.

Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative | Office of the Provost (

Pathobiology Program Inquiries should be directed to the program contact listed on the program webpage:


Graduate student policies.

All students are expected to read and follow guidelines stated in current posted policy available at the following link:


Required core courses:.

ME.300.800          Research in Pathobiology (ongoing throughout PhD study)

ME.800.803         Pathobiology Journal Club (ongoing throughout PhD study)

ME.800.811          Introduction to Responsible Conduct of Research

ME.300.713          Pathology for Graduate Students: Basic Mechanisms of Disease

ME.100.716          Analysis of Macromolecules: Energetics, Structure and Function

ME.260.709         Molecular Biology and Genomics

ME.110.733          Principles of Genetics

ME.110.728          Cell Structure and Dynamics

ME.360.728         Pathways and Regulation

ME.250.703         Graduate Immunology

ME.300.710         Pathobiology and Disease Mechanisms

ME.300.714         Pathology for Graduate Students: Cancer

ME.300.716         Pathology for Graduate Students: Immunology and Infectious Disease

ME.300.715         Pathology for Graduate Students: Neuropathology

ME.300.717          Grant Writing 101 (2nd Year)

ME.300.711          Introduction to Translational Research I (during or after 3rd Year)

ME.300.712          Introduction to Translational Research II (during or after 3rd Year)

Procedures for Choosing Rotations and a Thesis Environment:

  • Each student will complete 3 research rotations prior to selecting a thesis laboratory.  A fourth rotation may be completed if desired.
  • Upon starting the rotation, students and their rotation mentors will complete the Rotation Plan form.
  • Upon completion of the rotation, the mentor will provide an evaluation of the student’s work.
  • Students will present their rotation work at the Pathobiology Journal Club or at the annual Pathobiology retreat.
  • The 3 required rotations  must be completed during the first year and a re traditionally completed with Pathobiology faculty members. Outside Pathobiology faculty rotations may been completed, however these must be approved by the program director(s). If a student chooses to undertake their thesis research with an outside faculty member, the faculty member will need to be considered first by the Pathobiology Executive Committee before joining the program faculty.
  • Each research rotation will be about 3 months in length, with the exception of summer rotations.  A full-time summer rotation (July-August) will be about 2 months in length.
  • The student must select a thesis advisor no later than 1 year from the date of admission to the program. **In general, students will not be permitted to conduct their thesis research in a laboratory where they have been previously employed. Any exceptions to this policy will be determined by the Pathobiology Executive Committee.
  • Faculty Advisors Groups: each student, along with a group of other students, will be assigned an faculty advisor during the time period between starting the program and choosing a thesis advisor. The group will meet with AT LEAST once every 4 months. These meetings will be initiated by the group's senior student leader (appointed by the Program). 

Oral Examination

The Graduate Board Oral Examination tests the breadth and depth of the graduate student’s scientific knowledge and readiness to begin thesis research. These exams are administered by the Pathobiology program through an oral examination committee consisting of 3 faculty members. This preliminary oral examination will be scheduled by lottery at the end of the first year meeting with the Program Director.  The exam takes place during October after the student has completed all required first year courses. The exam is required for graduation.

Thesis Advisor and Advisory Committee

After the first year is completed, the student will choose an advisor from the Pathobiology faculty. After completing the Oral Examination for the Ph.D. Degree for the School of Medicine Programs, a Thesis Advisory Committee will be formed to monitor the student’s thesis research progress.  The student, with the consent of their advisor, decides on the composition of the thesis committee. The thesis committee consists of at least three experts in the student’s field of study or related fields. Committee members help with research direction and technical challenges, and oversee the student’s progress until research is complete and the doctorate is awarded.  Students must meet with their Committee at least once per year to review progress. 

All students in their second year and beyond are required to take a one-semester elective course for credit in each academic year. Courses may be taken for a grade or pass/fail. Students may choose a course offered in the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, or on the Homewood Campus subject to approval by the Program Director. 

Translational Rotations (2 required)

The objectives of these rotations are to give graduate students an interactive exposure with the clinical diagnostic dimension of Pathology. Students should learn the fundamental clinical questions, the current state of the technologies to address these questions, and how basic science can be translated to advances in diagnostic and therapeutic modalities. Students must complete 2 translational rotations as a graduation requirement. These rotations need not require an experimental project involving bench work. If the student wishes to complete such a project, it should be decided jointly between the student and rotation advisor. 

Departmental Thesis Seminar

Shortly before your submission of graduation materials, you must present your thesis work to the department in a one-hour talk. 

Seminars, Journal Clubs, and Lab Meetings

Graduate students are required to attend the weekly Pathobiology Journal Club Course and all are expected to attend weekly Pathobiology lunch meetings as well as all lab meetings in their mentor/thesis advisor’s departments throughout their training period. Students are encouraged to attend the many seminars presented by invited speakers who are involved in cutting edge research.

Pathobiology Annual Retreat:

The annual Pathobiology Retreat (held in early Fall), from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. includes a series of short research talks by senior students and poster presentations by second-year and beyond students. Attending keynote speaker(s) will deliver a special lecture and faculty members and alumni will discuss their research. All members of the Pathobiology Graduate Program are expected to participate in this event.    

Pathology Young Investigators' Day

The Departmental Young Investigators’ Day (held March/April) provides residents, fellows, and students with the opportunity to present their clinical, basic, or translational research efforts. This activity allows faculty, fellows, residents, and students to learn more about the diverse ongoing research in the Pathology department. All fellows, residents, graduate students and medical students working with a faculty member who holds an appointment in the Department of Pathology or the Pathobiology Program are invited to submit abstracts and present posters at the annual event. 

Graduate Student Association Poster Session

The Graduate Student Association Poster Session is held every year. This gives the students the opportunity to showcase their research to both faculty and peers.


From the doctor of philosophy board website:.

The SOM policy is based on NIH guidelines ( ). Students must receive training that includes a significant small-group component, allowing issues to be openly discussed with fellow students and faculty discussion leaders. A training program should provide at least eight hours of class time -- with at least three hours of face-to-face discussion -- and address at least the following topics:

  • ​The scientist as a responsible member of society
  • Research misconduct
  • Data acquisition and management
  • Authorship and publication practices
  • Mentor and trainee responsibilities
  • Use of animals in research
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Collaborative research
  • Human subjects if applicable

It is the responsibility of each program to design a curriculum that satisfies these requirements. Contact the Associate Dean for Graduate Biomedical Education for any questions.

           Degree Requirements:

There are three fundamental requirements for the Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University: dissertation, residence, and oral examination. None of these requirements can be modified or changed without unanimous consent of the schools and the Provost.

  • Dissertation: All Ph.D. students must successfully complete a dissertation in accordance with relevant school and program guidelines prior to degree conferral.
  • Residence: All Ph.D. students must have completed two consecutive semester of full-time study prior to degree conferral.
  • Oral Examination: All Ph.D. students must successfully pass a required oral examination conducted by five faculty members. The oral examination must include the chair and at least one other member from outside the candidate’s home department.

It is university policy that all program and university requirements for the Ph.D. must be completed in 9 years or less from start of the doctoral program. The Doctor of Philosophy Board reviews all candidates for the Ph.D. prior to conferral to ensure that the fundamental requirements for the Ph.D. have been met within the time  frame delineated.

Over about a 5 year period, our trainees achieve a deep working understanding of the biology of human aging and human diseases, as well as state-of-the-art and high-throughput experimental approaches related to human disease. We accomplish our mission through a curriculum and environment that are different and unique . We encourage change, creativity, and out-of-the-box reasoning. The intensive coursework during the first year of training is designed to build a foundation in contemporary molecular, cell and structural biology, signal transduction pathways, neurobiology, genetics and genomics, immunology, and bioinformatics, all filtered through the prism of human pathology and translational medicine. These classes along with 3 lab rotations, and oral presentations based on this work, culminate with the student selection of a thesis lab headed by a faculty member who is accredited for mentor-compliancy by institutional and programmatic review. 

A unique aspect of the program is the inclusion of translational rotations in a clinical pathology setting; these rotations directly reinforce the humanity, compassion, and importance of the student’s research project to the ultimate goal of alleviating suffering caused by human diseases. Most students garner peer-reviewed publications during their training, and some successfully compete for NIH F31 individual training grants. Using coursework, supplemental library-based teaching tools, annual program retreats, as well as weekly journal clubs and discussion, scientific ethics, rigor, reproducibility, transparency and logic, and moral values are inculcated as Kantian categorical imperatives.  The outstanding, interdisciplinary, and diverse programmatic and collaborative faculty and resource-rich environment act as catalysts for students to explore, thrive, and consolidate their novel research to launch their careers. 

Historically, pathobiology graduates are well-trained biomedical scientists and have successfully embraced varied career paths and leadership positions in academia (63%) , industry (17%) , medicine, clinical laboratory medicine, entrepreneurship, business, government, and science writing. The Graduate Program in Pathobiology strives for students to have an important, global impact on the pathologic basis of human disease and health-related research.


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