CTS Interdisciplinary Concentration

The Clinical & Translational Science Predoctoral Training Program provides junior trainees 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 predoctoral students performing clinical and/or translational research in health-related fields at UF.  Completion of program requirements results in the award of an interdisciplinary concentration in Clinical & Translational Science.

Contact the program with any questions at  sgard@ufl.edu



Eligibility Requirements

  1. Doctoral students from any graduate program that involves human health-related research are eligible to apply.
  • Apply at any time before defending dissertation research proposal, preferably in the first or second year of PhD studies.
  • Strong academic credentials and good communication skills.
  • Ability to commit to all course and research requirements of the training program
  • Proposed doctoral 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.
  • Interest in developing a career in multidisciplinary, translational biomedical research.
  • Strong mentor support.
  • Approval of director of PhD major program.

Program Requirements

The CTS Curriculum consists of:

  • CTS core curriculum (8 credits), see below
  • At least 6 credits of electives, with one course from each category (Experimental Design, Quantitative Skills, Professional Development)
  • All courses must be passed with an “S” or a letter grade of “B” or better to count toward the concentration
  • A mentored doctoral research project with at least one clinical and/or translational specific aim.
  • Presentation and participation at the annual CTSI Annual Research Day.

CTS Core Curriculum

Year 1 Fall Semester: GMS 6847, Translational Research and Therapeutics: Bench, Bedside, Community, & Policy (3) and GMS 6945, Team Science (1)

Year 1 Spring Semester: GMS 7877, Responsible Conduct of Biomedical Research (1)

Year 2 Fall Semester: GMS 6895, CTS Journal Club (1) and GMS 6893, CTS Seminar (2)

Application Information

Applications to the non-funded CTS Concentration.


Primary mentors may be basic scientists or clinician scientists.  Applicants are encouraged to identify a suitable mentoring team, preferably including at least one clinician scientist.  Mentors must be nationally recognized faculty who represent major disciplines, centers, institutes, and/or programs.  Ideal mentors will meet the following criteria:

  1. Track record of federally-funded research;
  2. Current funded research that would afford opportunities to the CTS trainee;
  3. Track record of mentoring trainees or junior faculty; and
  4. Commitment to the proposed initiative.

The selection of mentors and the supervisory committee will be subject to the requirements of and approval by the department through which the trainee seeks to obtain a PhD.


  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)
  2. 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)
  3. Basic Science Mentor: A basic scientist or other faculty member who holds a non-clinical Ph.D. or other doctorate degree, and conducts health-related basic, clinical and/or translational research. Must have or apply for UF Graduate Faculty status and serve as a chair or co-chair of the CTS trainee’s supervisory committee.
  4. Clinical/Translational Mentor: A clinician scientist who holds a health-related professional degree, and conducts clinical and/or translational research as defined by the NIH. Must have or apply for UF Graduate Faculty status and serve as a chair or co-chair of the CTS trainee’s supervisory committee.