Certificate in Translational Science
The Graduate Certificate in Translational Science (CTS) is designed to provide graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and other health care professionals with a formal introduction to the essential components involved in the advancement of scientific discoveries in basic biomedical research into clinical applications and improvements in human health.
The CTS Program is an alternative for health professionals who do not have the time to complete the requirements of an advanced Master’s or Doctoral degree and to graduate students, fellows, and others who desire additional training in the evolving discipline of translational science to supplement their clinical or science training.
Certificate in Translational Science Admissions Requirements
The CTS Program has an open application policy and will accept on-line applications for admission at any time.
However, GSBS deadlines (for submission of on-line application and required documentation) for matriculation in a specific academic semester are listed below.
- Fall Semester: April 1
- Spring Semester: October 1
All transcripts from foreign institutions (including GPA) must be evaluated and submitted by an approved foreign credentialing evaluation agency. The CTS Program will only accept course by course transcript translations (including GPA) from the Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or the World Education Services, Inc. (WES).
A minimum score of 300 (1,000 for scores prior to August 2011) score for the combined verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required.
Applicants who have completed a graduate degree in a health-related discipline (M.D., D.D.S., RN, DVM, M.S., or Ph.D.) will be exempted from the requirement to complete the GRE.
A minimum score of 560 on the paper version or 68 on the internet version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 6.5 on the academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for applicants from countries where English is not the native language.
Scores on TOEFL or IELTS tests taken more than two years prior to the date of matriculation will not be accepted.
Letters of recommendation (three) attesting to the applicant's readiness for graduate level studies in translational science.
If a matriculated graduate student has a Supervising Professor, one letter must be provided by this individual.
A Personal Statement (1-2 pages) that includes a brief description of the applicant’s background, long term research and/or career goals, and an indication of the basis for application into the CTS Program including how this program fits into the applicant’s career objectives.
A current curriculum vitae is required.
Translational Science Certificate Requirements
Twelve semester credit hours of didactic coursework are required to obtain the CTS. Satisfactory completion of required and elective coursework is also needed in order to be recommended for awarding of the certificate.
Certificate in Translational Science Plan of Study
|TSCI 5070||Responsible Conduct Of Patient-Oriented Clinical Research||2|
|TSCI 5071||Patient-Oriented Clinical Research Methods-1||2|
|TSCI 5072||Patient-Oriented Clinical Research Biostatistics-1||2|
|TSCI 6001||Introduction To Translational Science||1|
|TSCI 6101||Topics In Translational Science||1|
|TSCI Elective Coursework||4|
|Total Credit Hours:||12.0|
CTS Elective Courses (may be taken in any semester when offered)
|TSCI 5076||Introduction To Informatics||1|
|TSCI 5073||Integrated Molecular Biology With Patient-Oriented Clinical Research||1|
|TSCI 5074||Data Management, Quality Control And Regulatory Issues||2|
|TSCI 5075||Scientific Communication||2|
|TSCI 5077||Translational Science Training (TST) Practicum||1-3|
|TSCI 5078||Introduction to Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Commercialization||1|
|TSCI 5079||Practicum in Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Commercialization||0.5-1|
|TSCI 5080||Integrating Molecular Biology with Patient-Oriented Clinical Research Practicum||1|
|TSCI 6060||Patient-Oriented Clinical Research Methods-2||2|
|TSCI 6061||Patient-Oriented Clinical Research Biostatistics-2||2|
|TSCI 6064||Grantsmanship and Peer Review||1|
|TSCI 6065||Health Services Research||2|
|TSCI 6066||Instrument Development And Validation||1|
|TSCI 6067||Genetics And Genetic Epidemiology||1|
|TSCI 6068||Cross-Cultural Adaptation Of Research Instruments||1|
|TSCI 6069||Statistical Issues, Planning, And Analysis Of Contemporary Clinical Trials||2|
|TSCI 6070||Biostatistics Methods For Longitudinal Studies||2.5|
|TSCI 6100||Practicum In IACUC Procedures||1|
|TSCI 6102||Practicum In IRB Procedures||1|
|TSCI 6103||Selected Topics In Advanced Research Ethics||1-3|
|TSCI 6105||Topics in Cancer Prevention||1|
|TSCI 6106||Practicum in Cancer Prevention Science||0.5-1|
Twelve (12) semester credit hours (SCH) are required to obtain the Certificate in Translational Science (CTS). Students must be admitted to the CTS program to be eligible for certification.
Certificate in Translational Science Objectives/Program Outcomes
The goal of this program is to provide graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and other health care professionals with formal education in the essential components of translational science. That is, the advancement of scientific discoveries made in basic biomedical research towards clinical applications and improvements in human health. This training will prepare professionals to integrate within interdisciplinary investigative teams for the conduct of clinical and translational research in culturally diverse settings.
Specific aims are to support the intellectual environment at the Heath Science Center for clinical and translation science, and to provide fundamental curricular activities in translation science to Heath Science Center students, postdoctoral trainees, clinical residents and fellows, and faculty from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Health Professions, and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) as well as from local organizations that are partnered with the Heath Science Center. The aims will be achieved via participation and successful completion of required didactic coursework.
Certificate in Translational Science Program-Specific Policies for Laptop Computers
Students are required to have laptop computer that can connect to and operate over a wireless network.
- Microsoft Office Suite (A personal copy of the latest version can be purchased at the Health Science Center bookstore at student pricing with a student ID).
- Stata/IC (The latest version is required for TSCI 5072 Patient Oriented Clinical Research Biostatistics 1).
Laptops with an Apple based Operating System must be able to also operate using a Windows based Operating System.