Clinical & Translational Science Interdisciplinary Concentration

Attendees having a discussion during CTSI Research Day 2017

This concentration uses a team-science approach, mentoring and didactic training to prepare doctoral students for 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. Completion of program requirements results in the award of an interdisciplinary concentration in Clinical & Translational Science by the UF Graduate School.

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Eligibility Requirements

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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 Details

     The CTS Curriculum
  • 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, see below
  • Presentation and participation at the CTSI Annual Research Day

Clinical & Translational Science (CTS) Core Curriculum

Year 1 Fall Semester:

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

Year 1 Spring Semester:

  • GMS 7877, Responsible Conduct of Biomedical Research (1) or equivalent

Year 2 Fall Semester:

  • GMS 6895, CTS Journal Club (1)
  • GMS 6893, CTS Seminar (2)


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. 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
  4. Commitment to support CTS training

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.

Application Information

Please use this application form if your are applying only for the CTS concentration, not for the TL1 training grant.

For TL1 training grant applications please use TL1 application form, which doubles as your CTS concentration application.