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The graduate certificate program in Clinical and Translational Research helps students become well-versed in foundational aspects of research methods as well as essential clinical research methods. The program aims to prepare students with skills in project design and associated grant preparation, effective communication of research results and emerging powerful tools for clinical investigation.

In addition to foundational instruction in Biostatistics, Experimental Design, Research Ethics, and Clinical Research Administration, students will have the opportunity take elective courses in Epidemiologic Methods, Bioinformatics, Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health, Core Clinical and Translational Research Seminars, Elimination of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health, Introduction to Regulatory Science, Aspects of Drug Development, and/or in a directed readings or independent study project. This option provides students the opportunity to develop an individualized course concentration focused in an area of clinical or translational research which suits their own activities and goals.  Thus, students will be well prepared for both collaborative and independent research, where graduate level interdisciplinary training in research methods is crucial.

The graduate program in Clinical and Translational Research program offers flexible class scheduling that focuses on online and evening meeting times.

Degrees Offered

  • Certificate program

Application Deadlines

Spring 2020

November 1, 2019

Fall 2020  

May 15, 2020

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Degree Requirements

Terms:  two-term program

Credits:  16 credits

Part-time Option:  Yes

               For more information on degree requirements, please visit the program website at:


Jason G. Umans, MD, PhD


Cyndi Campbell, Administrative Director


The main components of the Certificate in Clinical Translational Research program are as follows:

(Core) Required Courses
  • Research Ethics & Human Subjects (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Biostatistics in Clinical Research (3 credits)
  • Study and Clinical Trial Design (2 credits)
  • Clinical Research Administration (3 credits)
  • Directed Reading/Independent  Study Project (1-3 credits)
Sample of Electives Courses
  • Epidemiologic Methods (3 credits)
  • Core Clinical and Translational Research Seminars (1 credit)
  • Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (3 credits)
  • Elimination of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Regulatory Science (2 credits)
  • Independent Study Project (1-2 credits)
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Application Requirements

Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions How to Apply page.


Please be sure to review the program’s website for additional information on program application requirements.

Application Materials required:

  • Online Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose (a statement of interest in multidisciplinary CTR research; your career goals; and how this program help you attain your career goals)
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial Transcripts – Applicants are required to upload to the application system unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Do not send electronic or paper copies of your transcripts before receiving an offer of admission. Review the unofficial transcript requirements for additional details and FAQs.
  • Official Recommendations (2) (including from current/prospective chiefs/chairs and research mentors if relevant).
  • TOEFL/IELTS (please see below)

All applicants who did not receive an undergraduate degree or higher from a school where English was the primary language of instruction must submit either a TOEFL/IELTS score. The minimum TOEFL score for admission to a biomedical graduate program is 80 (Internet-based test). The minimum IELTS score for admission is 7.0.

In addition, although each applicant is considered on an individual basis, admission requirements are as follows:

A bachelor’s degree in any field.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required, but students who have taken either the GRE or MCAT may send in their scores to the address below if desired.

Select candidates will be invited to a group interview day, after complete applications have been reviewed.



All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English). All other applicants must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without GRE/GMAT (unless waived) and TOEFL/IELTS (if applicable) scores.

TOEFL: A minimum score of 80 (iBT test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL information: 

IELTS: A minimum score of 7.0 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information:

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