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Biomedical Neuroscience Certificate Program

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The graduate certificate in Biomedical Neuroscience is offered by the College of Medicine at the University of Florida. This program is designed for working professionals as well as post-baccalaureate students who would like to improve their applications to either graduate or medical school. This program is offered fully-online so students will not have to relocate or sacrifice commitments to their family or career in order to further their education and enhance their career.

For current UF students interested in taking courses in Fall 2016, please contact Sarah Tyson to register.

Courses Being Offered Spring 2017:

For more information about enrolling in the certificate program, please visit the Biomedical Neuroscience Distance Learning website.


The field of Neuroscience is a rapidly changing area that has a large impact on several fields of medicine including public health, public policy, and sports medicine, as well as on the military and the pharmaceutical industry. The last decade has witnessed a dramatic increase in our understanding of normal brain function across the lifespan and how brain function is altered by aging and neurodegenerative disease. Diseases normally associated with the aging population are becoming more common and include Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, diabetic neuropathy, and brain tumors. Moreover, research efforts are revealing that many of the major public health problems of our society, including obesity and addictive behaviors, are intimately associated with neural systems.

The Graduate Biomedical Neuroscience Certificate is designed to provide post-graduate students and working professionals, whose professions are impacted by the field of Neuroscience, with an understanding of normal brain function and the clinical expression and underlying pathogenesis of common neurological disorders. The certificate is based on successful completion of five courses covering topics that will provide students with the tools required to understand the most common nervous system-related issues facing our society today.


This program requires a BA or BS degree and a strong science foundation with at least 5 full semester courses related to Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics.  A minimum undergraduate GPA = 3.0 is required for admission.  In order to be awarded the certificate, students must maintain an average GPA of 3.0 or higher and can only receive one C grade or will be removed from the program.


Required Courses

Electives (must take one)


The teaching faculties for this graduate certificate are from the Department of Neuroscience and the Department of Psychology. The certificate, course and section coordinators are:

Sue Semple-Rowland, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Certificate Program Director, lecturer, and course director for Fundamentals of Neuroscience (GMS6007) and Principles of Neuroscience I: Organization and Development of the Nervous System (GMS6021), and co-course director for Functional Human Neuroanatomy (GMS6705)

Ronald Mandel, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Neuroscience, lecturer and course director for Molecular Pathobiology of Neural Disease (GMS6750) and co-course director for Functional Human Neuroanatomy (GMS6705).

Neil Rowland, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology, lecturer and course director for Topics in Psychology (Psychobiology of Eating and Obesity) (PSY6930).

Matthew Sarkisian, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, lecturer and co- director of Principles of Neuroscience I: Organization and Development of the Nervous System (GMS6021).

Application Requirements

  • Complete the UF Certificate Application located at UF Admissions Start.  Scroll down to “Certificate” and choose current or non-current UF student.
  • Submit personal statement to Sarah Bloom at

July 1, 2017 is the application deadline for Fall 2017 admissions.

Important Dates – Spring 2017

December 1 Certificate application deadline for Spring 2017 (transcripts must be RECEIVED by this date)
November 14 Registration Opens
January 4 Classes Begin
January 13 Fee payment deadline
January 27 Deadline to withdraw with 25% refund (W symbol assigned)
January 27 Apply to graduate (final semester of Certificate program)
April 7 Withdrawal without failing grade
April 19 Classes end
May 3 Grades available in ONE.UF (evening)
May 3 Degrees available in ONE.UF (evening)

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