Introduction

One of the areas of emphasis for the CCTS is to provide flexible graduate-level education to those seeking a career in Clinical and Translational Science.  The program is designed for scholars who seek to develop careers as independent investigators in any aspect of human health. Graduates of the program will have the research skills they need (coupled with the skills and knowledge of their own clinical or scientific domain) to pose important questions, design, conduct and analyze rigorous studies, and report their findings to the scientific world. Special emphasis is placed upon the real world challenges of clinical and translational research: collaboration, regulation, funding and communication.

We offer a novel educational experience to give learners from multiple disciplines, working with faculty across many university departments and colleges the core skills necessary to work with humans in clinical and translational science and a set of electives which are personalized to individual learners. In addition, the learner can select from an extensive set of electives that cover the broad domains of CTS. They will also undertake mentored investigative work that will lead to one of two levels of competence: a Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science, or a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical and Translational Science. A Graduate Certificate in CTS, which does not include the investigative work, is also available.

Our goal is to effectively and efficiently transform clinicians and other young academics drawn from the large array of disciplines contributing to health into successful independent clinical and translational science investigators.

Our aim is to produce investigators who can:

  • Identify an important research area
  • Identify, critique and review the relevant background knowledge
  • Pose a feasible, interesting, novel, ethical and relevant research question
  • Design a rigorous and methodologically sound approach to the question
  • Write an effective research protocol
  • Obtain appropriate regulatory permissions and institutional approvals
  • Assemble and lead a research team
  • Obtain the needed