All of our graduate programs are interdepartmental and are centered on broad approaches to modern biological sciences. For an example of just one of the many centers and departments our students and faculty work within, check out this video about the Emory Vaccine Center.
Applicants apply to and are accepted by a specific program that fits their broad interests. Students work with faculty from many different departments, which provides a truly interdisciplinary training experience.
This system offers a well-defined course of study, a smaller cohort of entering students in each program, and a manageable-sized community of faculty who are all invested in the success of each student.
Most students graduate from the program to which they are admitted, but for those whose research interests change, the GDBBS provides great flexibility by allowing the student to change programs or faculty mentors after the first year. This provides the flexibility of an umbrella program, while giving the student the better mentoring of program-based admission.