MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

In addition to the general QS Program requirements, the Systems Biology Track requires students to take the following courses:

Course Requirements for PhD students who matriculated in or prior to 2019

  1. GS04 1235 Basic & Translational Cancer Biology
  2. PH1976 (UT-SPH) Fundamentals of Data Analytics & Predictions
    Note: PH1976 has the following prerequisites: PH1700 or equivalent; PH1975; and calculus, linear algebra, basic statistical theory and convex optimization methods at the introductory level.
    1. alternate course option: BMI 6323 (UT-BMI) – Machine Learning in Biomedical Informatics
  3. GS11 1073 Introduction to Genomics & Bioinformatics                                                                                           

 Systems Biology Track Timeline

Year 1, Fall

Introduction to Bioinformatics   - GS01 1143

QS Student Seminar Series - GS01 1031                                                                                                                                                                         

Year 1, Spring

Biostatistics for Life Sciences - GS14 1612

QS Student Seminar Series - GS01 1031

Basic & Translational Cancer Biology - GS04 1235

Fundamentals of Data Analytics & Predictions - PH1976 (UT-SPH)              

Year 2, Fall

Introduction to Genomics - GS11 1073

QS Student Seminar Series - GS01 1031

Journal Club (attend for one semester during degree program - may be done after candidacy exam)  

Year 2, Spring

QS Student Seminar Series - GS01 1031

Scientific Writing - GS21 1152


  1. GS01 1133 Statistical Methods in Bioinformatics
  2. STAT 519 (Rice) Statistical Inference
  3. GS04 1183 Molecular Methods and Bioinformatics
  4. BIOC 570 (Rice) Computation with Biological Data
  5. BMI 5007 (UT-BMI) Methods in Health Data Science
  6. BMI 5304 (UT-BMI) Advanced Database Concepts in Biomedical Informatics
  7. GS11 1013 Genetics & Human Disease
  8. GS11 1033 Quantitative Methods in Genetic Epidemiology
  9. Other graduate level courses offered by Statistics at Rice and Biostatistics at UT-SPH, guided by mentor and program director