School of Graduate Studies and Research



We are the School of Graduate Studies and Research where training passes individually from professor to student.  Our program is designed to enhance student preparation for professional studies in the health sciences by way of research and lecture from esteemed faculty and staff.

The School of Graduate Studies and Research at Meharry Medical College began in 1938 as a series of short courses in the basic and clinical sciences. In 1947, a Master of Science Degree program was implemented as the first graduate degree; a Ph.D. program was established in 1972 and an M.D./Ph.D. program in 1982.

Since 1970, our school has awarded more than 15 percent of the biomedical science Ph.D.s earned by African American scientists in the U.S. and is currently ranked 3rd nationally by Diverse Issues in Higher Education for the number of African American biomedical science Ph.D.s the School produces.

The Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) Program at Meharry was established in 1974 and graduated its first class of one student in 1978.

To date, our program has graduated approximately 300 professionals who occupy positions of leadership in many academic, public and private sectors of the country. The M.S.P.H. program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. (CEPH).