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Behavioral-Biomedical Interface Program

This special interdisciplinary research training program program, known as BBIP, is designed for select students beginning their doctoral studies in epidemiology, exercise science, or psychology. Prevention and developmental sciences provide cross-cutting themes for BBIP. 

BBIP is training the next generation of behavioral scientists with respect to biomedical conceptual frameworks and methods applied to understanding, treating, and preventing adverse health conditions/disorders and promoting optimal health outcomes.


Host Departments

BBIP is an interdisciplinary program. As such, it's hosted by several departments, including the Department of Psychology, the Department of Exercise Science, and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.



The BBIP is co-sponsored by a T32 NIH research training grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, the Arnold School of Public Health, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Office of the Provost.


How to Apply

You must apply jointly to BBIP and to the disciplinary program of interest. To ensure full consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply to their department of interest early. The Psychology Department has a December deadline. The Exercise Science and Epidemiology Departments have varying deadlines. Check with your department of interest on specific deadlines.

  • Must be a US citizen or US permanent resident
  • Excellent academic record (e.g., undergraduate GPA 3.5 or higher)
  • Competitive scores on the Verbal and Quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Exam
  • Some prior coursework related to biological/biomedical disciplines
  • Strong interest in research in the behavioral and biomedical sciences
  • Plans to pursue a scientific career

Supplemental Questions

You must also answer the supplemental questions along with your application.

  1. What are your reasons for applying to the BBIP?
  2. Please describe your career goals and the steps for achieving those goals.
  3. Please describe aspects of your background which you believe have helped to prepare you for the biomedical training (e.g., in biological sciences, anatomy, neuroscience, or any scientific area that might be relevant) that BBIP will add to your behavioral science doctoral training.

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