Graduate Training

BBS is a full-time, on-campus program consisting of coursework, specialized training, original thesis research, and student teaching. See How Does BBS Work? for an outline of the 5-6 year course of study for a typical student. 


Each BBS Track has its own set of core and recommended courses, and students usually have room for one or more electives each semester. Please click the BBS Courses link to read more about BBS courses and to download a list of recent course offerings. 

NIH & Special Programs 

Many BBS students participate in NIH predoctoral training programs, through which they receive additional specialized training opportunities to augment the training they receive in their PhD programs. Some students may participate in special joint or cooperative programs


Each student conducts an original research project that culminates in peer-reviewed publications and a written thesis. Students receive training in the ethical conduct of research and also are trained to employ rigorous and reproducible research methods

Yale boasts cutting-edge research facilities at the School of Medicine, main University campus, and West Campus. Independent of the Track or thesis lab that a student joins, BBS students have access to all of Yale’s wealth of resources. Please click Research Resources to learn more about Yale’s core facilities, research centers, and institutes. 

Student Teaching 

All BBS students serve as teaching fellows in any of 100 or more Yale courses. Please visit the Student Teaching Link to learn more about the BBS teaching requirement and to learn about Yale’s Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning


Yale offers hundreds of seminars, symposia, grand rounds, and journal clubs each year, and these events are extraordinary opportunities for students to learn from global leaders as well as present their own research. Visit the BBS News and Events site for a sampling of upcoming events.