Why QBS?


The QBS program seeks to train highly qualified students for productive careers in biomedical research and teaching through the completion of an interdisciplinary PhD degree in bioinformatics, biostatistics and epidemiology.


The program is interdepartmental with numerous collaborations existing between QBS members and those in other PhD programs at Dartmouth. Our philosophy is that the modern biomedical researcher must be able to speak more than one language to successfully collaborate in a highly multidisciplinary environment. Students trained through QBS will be versed in bioinformatics, biostatistics and epidemiology.


We have a thriving community of students engaged in graduate education and research and encourage interaction among students in all graduate programs. Dartmouth, one of the Ivy League institutions, has a long-standing tradition of close student-faculty ties; a tradition that is heartily endorsed by the QBS program.

Each student works closely with a thesis advisor and has the opportunity to interact daily with other members of the program. Research rotations during the first year provide students the opportunity to explore diverse research interests and then make an informed decision when selecting a thesis lab.

QBS program members participate in several active seminar series with speakers drawn from a host of nationally and internationally recognized research institutions. Graduate student "research in progress" seminars are held on a weekly basis providing both an opportunity to learn about each other's research and to obtain feedback from faculty and students. Informal interactions among program students and faculty take place during weekly get-togethers, Journal Clubs and also during program-sponsored annual retreats.

The Dartmouth Community

Founded in 1769, Dartmouth is a member of the Ivy League and consistently ranks among the world's greatest academic institutions. Dartmouth has forged a singular identity for combining its deep commitment to outstanding undergraduate liberal arts and graduate education with distinguished research and scholarship in the Arts & Sciences and its three leading professional schools— the Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business.

Dartmouth College is located in rural New Hampshire, the region uniquely offers idyllic landscapes along with outstanding recreation and cultural activities. With various ski mountains nearby, the Appalachian Trail running through campus, and the Connecticut River just steps away, outdoor activities are always accessible during all seasons