The Clinical & Translational Science (CTS) Predoctoral Training Program provides UF graduate students performing human health-related research with the skills required to develop a career in multidisciplinary clinical and translational research. The program uses a team-science approach and provides mentoring and didactic training for graduate students performing clinical and/or translational research in health-related fields. Completion of program requirements results in the award of an interdisciplinary concentration or graduate certificate in Clinical & Translational Science by the UF Graduate School.
Graduate students from any program that involves human health-related research are eligible to apply.
The CTS Certificate is open to Masters and PhD students.
- For certificate, apply at least one semester before beginning the curriculum
The CTS Concentration is open to PhD students only.
- For concentration, apply at any time before defending dissertation research proposal, preferably in the first or second year of PhD studies
- Proposed research project must be relevant to human health and should include at least one specific that involves clinical and/or translational research as defined by the NIH
- Approval of primary research mentor
- Approval of director of Masters/PhD major program
- All courses must be passed with an “S” or a letter grade of “B” or better.
- Presentation and participation at the CTSI Annual Research Day.
CTS Core Curriculum (8 Credits)
- GMS 6847 – Translational Research and Therapeutics: Bench, Bedside, Community, & Policy (3)
- GMS 6893 – CTS Seminar (2)
- GMS 6895 – CTS Journal Club (1)
- GMS 6945 – Team Science (1)
- GMS 7877 – Responsible Conduct of Biomedical Research or equivalent course (1)
- Certificate Requirements:
- At least 3 elective credits from Experimental Design category
- Concentration Requirements:
- At least 6 credits of electives with one course from each category (Experimental Design, Quantitative Skills, Professional Development)
Application materials must be emailed as one PDF file to Christian A. Rodriguez at email@example.com.
- CTS Certificate/Concentration Application
- Current UF Transcript
- Student NIH Biographical Sketch. (Do not exceed 5 pages for the biosketch)
- Research Plan: Font size must be 11 or 12. Do not exceed 2 pages for this section. Students in early stages can submit a proposed research plan.
- Introduction (max 1 page)
- Project title.
- Statement of overall research problem, specific hypothesis or hypotheses to be tested, and clinical or translationalcontext.
- Project Relationship to Mentor’s Research Program: Explain briefly the relationship between your dissertation research and your mentor’s ongoing research program.
- Specific Aims (max 1 page)
- State concisely the goals of the proposed research and summarize the expected outcome(s), including the impactthat the results of the proposed research will have on the research field(s) involved.
- List your individual dissertation specific aims (at least one must include clinical or translational research as definedby the NIH).
- List succinctly the specific objectives of the research proposed (e.g., to test a stated hypothesis, create a noveldesign, solve a specific problem, challenge an existing paradigm or clinical practice, address a critical barrier toprogress in the field, or develop new technology).
- Introduction (max 1 page)
- Letter of Support from primary research mentor addressing the following:
- Understanding and support for the CTS program requirements
- Relevance of proposed research to clinical and/or translational science