MCW’s Graduate Program in Physiology is ideal if you wish to train to become an integrative physiologist who can conduct whole animal research and teach systems physiology required for educating health professionals. This priority coincides with the explosion of physiological genomics. As a student of Physiology, attaching function to genes will occupy you for much of your career. The objective of MCW’s Physiology program is to teach the mechanisms, which underlie circulatory, renal, pulmonary and smooth muscle function in health and disease. Our faculty is often associated with MCW Centers, fostering collaborations between basic science and clinical departments. Our curriculum stresses interdisciplinary training. During your first year, you will have brief rotations with all primary faculty members; and subsequently choose three faculty with which to complete your nine week rotations. During your first two years, you will create a program based on your interests, and then focus your research experience with a mentor.

Participating Faculty

Areas of Focus: Cardiovascular Physiology, Computational Biology & Bioinformatics, Genetics & Genomics, Metabolism, Molecular & Cellular Physiology, Neurophysiology, Renal Physiology, and Respiratory Physiology


Physiology (PhD)

The Physiology PhD program at MCW is home to one of the top research and training facilities in the nation, and is led by prominent scientists in disciplines such as Cardiovascular Physiology, Genetics & Genomics, Molecular & Cellular Physiology, and many more. As a student within this program, you will receive unsurpassed mentorship and training, and you’ll also benefit from a highly collaborative environment focused on integrative physiology.

Master in Medical Physiology (MMP)

The Master’s Program in Medical Physiology at MCW is a one-year program designed for a college graduate looking to strengthen their academic credentials in preparation for applying to U.S. medical schools. Our program is closely integrated with the first year medical student (M1) curriculum at MCW, providing you with a comparable experience encountered as a medical student, including examinations. While the program curriculum provides a combination of both medical school and graduate school training, this program is geared specifically for students interested in attending medical school.