All trainees are required to take 10 didactic courses (30 credit hours) for their doctoral degree. These are divided into two groups: 7 core courses and 3 elective courses. Pitt Bioengineering graduate students can freely take courses at Carnegie Mellon University that will count towards their PhD degree without any added costs. The course curriculum described below conforms to the Bioengineering PhD requirements.
We have designed the curriculum with the specified courses to be the core courses for the Bioengineering in Psychiatry Training Program. They are designed to provide a breadth of knowledge in (bio)engineering, life sciences, and mathematics as required by Bioengineering Graduate Program as well as emphasis on neuroscience and mental health subject matter as required by this training program but not required by any of the Graduate Tracks in Bioengineering.
The core courses for this particular training program are:
The 7 courses defined above will be required for all pre-docs in the training program. Each track will have the ability to develop an additional 3-course curriculum tailored for the student’s research interest in order to satisfy the PhD course depth requirement (neural engineering, neuroimaging, etc.).
Some of the elective courses include:
*Note that the participating faculty teach many of the aforementioned courses.*
In addition to the didactic coursework, all trainees are required to participate in clinical training, which includes a longitudinal clinical experience, tailored by the Psychiatry mentor and student, and two 1-week intensive observerships. The longitudinal experience starts in the summer after the first year and will continue until the end of the fourth year.