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

First Year
FallCredit Hours
TSCI 5070Responsible Conduct Of Patient-Oriented Clinical Research 2
TSCI 5071Patient-Oriented Clinical Research Methods-1 2
TSCI 5072Patient-Oriented Clinical Research Biostatistics-1 2
TSCI 6001Introduction To Translational Science 1
TSCI 6101Topics 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 5076Introduction To Informatics1
TSCI 5073Integrated Molecular Biology With Patient-Oriented Clinical Research1
TSCI 5074Data Management, Quality Control And Regulatory Issues2
TSCI 5075Scientific Communication2
TSCI 5077Translational Science Training (TST) Practicum1-3
TSCI 5078Introduction to Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Commercialization1
TSCI 5079Practicum in Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Commercialization0.5-1
TSCI 5080Integrating Molecular Biology with Patient-Oriented Clinical Research Practicum1
TSCI 6060Patient-Oriented Clinical Research Methods-22
TSCI 6061Patient-Oriented Clinical Research Biostatistics-22
TSCI 6064Grantsmanship and Peer Review1
TSCI 6065Health Services Research2
TSCI 6066Instrument Development And Validation1
TSCI 6067Genetics And Genetic Epidemiology1
TSCI 6068Cross-Cultural Adaptation Of Research Instruments1
TSCI 6069Statistical Issues, Planning, And Analysis Of Contemporary Clinical Trials2
TSCI 6070Biostatistics Methods For Longitudinal Studies2.5
TSCI 6100Practicum In IACUC Procedures1
TSCI 6102Practicum In IRB Procedures1
TSCI 6103Selected Topics In Advanced Research Ethics1-3
TSCI 6105Topics in Cancer Prevention1
TSCI 6106Practicum in Cancer Prevention Science0.5-1

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. 

Software Required:

  • 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.