Biomedical Neuroscience Certificate Program


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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.

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. Please feel free to visit our Facebook page using the link or by searching the web using @BiomedicalNeuro.



Your application package will be evaluated by certificate program faculty. We will consider all aspects of your package when making our decision. You must have completed a BA or BS degree. Candidates with a strong science course background in Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics are generally more successful in our program. Your cumulative undergraduate GPA should be 3.0 or higher. We evaluate your performance in science courses throughout your undergraduate career and the strength of your personal statement. Certificate students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in order to be awarded the certificate by the UF graduate school.


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 your personal statement to Your personal statement is a very important part of your application. It should explain your interest in our program, how you expect our program will help you to reach goals you have. Please include in your statement how you found out about our program whether through Facebook, online searches, or personal recommendations.
  • For more information about the certificate program, you may also visit the Biomedical Neuroscience Distance Learning website.


Students are admitted for the Fall and Spring terms.

Application Deadline for Fall: August 1
Application Deadline for Spring: December 1

Important Dates – Summer 2018

May 1 Registration Opens
July 2 Summer B Classes Begin
July 5 Apply to graduate (final semester of certificate program)
July 11 Deadline to withdraw with 25% refund (W symbol assigned)
July 13 Fee payment deadline
August 3 Withdrawal without failing grade
August 10 Classes end
August 15 Grades available in ONE.UF (evening)
August 15 Degrees available in ONE.UF (evening)

Important Dates – Fall 2018

July 1 Certificate application deadline for Fall 2018 (transcripts must be RECEIVED by this date)
July 1 Registration Opens
August 22 Classes Begin
August 31 Fee payment deadline
September 14 Deadline to withdraw with 25% refund (W symbol assigned)
September 14 Apply to graduate (final semester of Certificate program)
November 19 Withdrawal without failing grade
December 5 Classes End
December 18 Grades available in ONE.UF (evening)
December 19 Degrees available in ONE.UF (evening)



Required Courses



The tuition plus fees for this program are:

  • Florida Resident $528.41 per credit hour
  • Non Florida Resident $550.00 per credit hour



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).


Current Course Offerings

Courses Being Offered Summer 2018:

Courses Being Offered Fall 2018:



Comments from Certificate Program Alumni

To date, we have had the privilege of awarding certificates to 14 very deserving students.

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