Required Curricula for the Therapeutics Graduate Program

The Therapeutics Graduate Program (TGP) offers rigorous, multidisciplinary training in the sciences relevant to identifying, developing, and applying novel therapeutics to improve the treatment of disease. The TGP aims to link graduate training to industrial, clinical, and regulatory activities by providing students with real-world training in the form of a required internship. The TGP provides students with the intellectual tool kit and practical skills necessary for them to be productive researchers in therapeutic discovery and development throughout the workforce.


Objectives of the curriculum

  • Elucidating therapeutic mechanisms and pathways
  • Characterizing pharmacological profiles
  • Understanding toxic mechanisms to limit adverse effects
  • Analyzing clinical failures
  • Developing new models
  • Identifying new targets, therapeutic modalities, and novel therapeutic agents

Core Scientific Curriculum

  • Translational Pharmacology

  • Modern Drug Discovery

  • Human Physiology, Human Toxicology

Core Skills Curriculum

  • Experimental Design

  • Quantitative and Computational Skills

  • Professional and Career Skills

Required Paracurricular Activities

These activities are held once per month. All students are expected to attend and participate. These include discussions numerous career paths (with guest speakers), student-led meetings, seminars on socio-economic considerations and public health, internship experience reports and peer-to-peer discussion, and the annual Therapeutics symposium and retreat (including science talks and skills development workshops).



Importantly, training includes an intensive, hands-on internship experience. Through these experiences, we aim to link PhD training to industrial, clinical, and regulatory activities.

Students are required to complete an internship in one of the following settings:

  • Industry (pharma/biotech)
  • Clinical investigation
  • Regulatory science

The 2-4 month internship is the most innovative feature of the program. It is a unique requirement that provides students with experiences to enhance mentorship and foster academic/industrial/clinical/regulatory collaborations. The internship should be completed by the end of the G4 year.

To date, students have completed internships in industry in the Boston and San Francisco areas, and in regulatory science in Washington DC.


NOTE: all foreign students are eligible to do internships within the TGP. All foreign students must register for the internship course MedSci 325qc after completing the internship- no additional work is required for this course. We encourage all students to register for MedSci325qc after completing their internships.