Certificate in Translational Health Science

Our Certificate in Translational Health Science (CTHS) program is designed for individuals who wish to learn more about the key areas of clinical/ translational science, including grant and manuscript writing, biostatistics, ethics, and study design.


Individuals who have completed an M.D., Ph.D., DMD/DDS or PharmD program (or equivalent) are eligible to apply.

Program Requirements

The required core courses for the CTHS are listed below by the semester during which they are typically offered. Also see Recommended Courses.

GMS 7093: Introduction to Clinical/Translational Research (2 credits)

GMS 6865: Quantitative Literacy for Translational Research (1 credit)


GMS 6931: Ethical/Policy Issues in Clinical Research (2 credits)
GMS 6096: Introduction to NIH Grant Writing for Biomedical Sciences (1 credit)

Minimum 5 credits of Research Design & Analysis elective coursework

Certificate students are also highly encouraged to take PHC 6001: Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits), which is offered every semester.

Please note: Individuals accepted into the CTHS program are responsible for payment of all tuition and fees associated with coursework required for the completion of the certificate. This includes any late registration and/or late tuition payment fees that might be incurred.


  1. Clinical Research: Patient-oriented research, including epidemiologic and behavioral studies, outcomes research, and health services research. Patient-oriented research is research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens, and cognitive phenomena) in which a researcher directly interacts with human subjects. It includes research on mechanisms of human disease, therapeutic interventions, clinical trials, and development of new technologies, but does not include in vitro studies using human tissues not linked to a living individual. Studies falling under 45 CFR 46.101(b) (4) are not considered clinical research for purposes of this definition. (Source: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/glossary.htm)


  1. Translational Research: Translational research includes two areas of translation. One is the process of applying discoveries generated during research in the laboratory, and in preclinical studies, to the development of trials and studies in humans. The second area of translation concerns research aimed at enhancing the adoption of best practices in the community. Cost-effectiveness of prevention and treatment strategies is also an important part of translational science. (Source: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/glossary.htm)