Those who yearn to have children but are unable to seek reproductive specialists to improve their reproductive chances. A PhD in reproductive biology will prepare you to research new improvements in reproductive health and technology.
These courses will look at the basic concepts of cell and embryo development. To go along with the basic study, you'll look at some of the fertility treatments and standard practices used in fertility facilities. You will study past and emerging technologies and research and how it is used to manage fertility and the endocrine system. You'll also learn how to analyze sperm and embryos, as well as how to perform egg and sperm cryogenics.
Female Reproductive Physiology
It may come as no surprise, but this course will look specifically at female reproductive organs and physiology. You'll look at many aspects to female reproduction, including hormone signaling and production. You'll likely look at oogenesis and the pregnancy process. Special topics such as reproductive technologies will be studied, as well as possible infertility diseases and disorders. Of course, to study the female reproductive anatomy, you'll look at puberty, the menses cycle, and menopause.
Male Reproductive Physiology
This course will, of course, be quite similar to the female reproductive physiology course, but instead will look at the male reproductive physiology. Along with looking at the signaling and release of hormones over the lifespan, you'll look at the diseases and disorders that can affect fertility and the reproductive organs in males. You will study the spermatogenesis cycle, as well as the fertilization process. Finally, you'll look at the history of and modern reproductive technologies used on men.
Reproductive Health and Disease
The reproductive health and disease course may vary between schools. In general, you'll get a basic overview of the male and female reproductive organs. You'll study common diseases and disorders for reproductive organs, including endometriosis and cancer. You will look at the aging of the reproductive organs, and risk factors that can creep up during pregnancy and labor. You'll likely look at samples and cells in a laboratory setting. Along with these things, you'll study the types of medications and therapies used on reproductive systems to improve fertility.
Toxicology and Infertility
This course will look at the environmental influences over fertility for both men and women. You'll look at the current theories and technologies used to counteract the toxins and environmental settings. You'll look at how toxins and toxicology affects fertility and embryo development.