The IMSD Training Program at the Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine features a mix of research, scholarly and social opportunities designed to maximize the student research experience.

The program requires a four-year commitment for Loma Linda University PhD students. You'll be working or engaging in academic activities with some special extracurricular activities planned to enjoy the company of your peers and our beautiful Southern California setting.  While your research commitments with be important, we realize and fully support your commitment to your graduate program.  You'll find ample time to focus on your studies while advancing your research skills as well.

Here's a brief look at each of the three major components of the IMSD experience:


The first two years of the program are designed for you to spend the majority of your time working on your degree cirriculum.  Your research commitment during this time will involve module rotations that will help you define your particular lab of interest.  The next two years will be focused on pursuing your research interests in your chosen lab, with support in publishing your scientific research in peer-reviewed publications.

Academic Support

We know you may have many goals as a PhD student, and the IMSD program offers ample time for academic support and guidance so that you are well-prepared to advance in your path as a scholar.

You will complete an individualized development plan assessment that will help you identify specific areas of professional strengths and areas of improvement.  IMSD program mentors will help identify specific strategies, workshops and other elements that will help you progress in accordance with your individualized development plan.

You'll also attend regular program support seminars such as:

Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine (CHDMM) Seminars

Every Wednesday
This seminar is for all students participating in a summer research program, from high school to MD/PhD students.  The focus is health disparities. Specific scientific material will be presented to further expand the understanding and awareness of health disparities in the biomedical sciences and the impact it has on our communities.

Extracurricular Activities

The IMSD is not just about research and academics.  While that's certainly the core focus, an important part of the program is also about making lifelong connections and friends with the other students you'll meet and work alongside with in the program.  

We'll give you lots of opportunities to get to know other students in the program, whether through informal campus get togethers or organized group outings. You'll have several organized weekend day trips to get a chance to explore a bit of Southern California and have some fun.  Past outings have included Disneyland, Six Flags, Universal Studios, Sea World, La Jolla Beach, Laguna Beach and other places.

When we're in the labs, work is top priority. Yet, at Loma Linda, we're big believers in wholeness so we'll do everything we can to not only feed your mind, but your body and spirit as well.