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CTS Interdisciplinary Concentration

The Clinical & Translational Science (CTS) Interdisciplinary Concentration is designed to develop the skills necessary to successfully conduct multidisciplinary clinical & translational research. Available for all PhD students in partner PhD programs to begin prior to defending their dissertation proposals.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Doctoral students from partner graduate programs in the following colleges are eligible to apply:

Agricultural & Life Sciences ~ Dentistry ~ Engineering ~ Health & Human Performance ~ Journalism & Communications ~ Liberal Arts & Sciences ~ Medicine ~ Nursing ~ Pharmacy ~ Public Health & Health Professions ~ Veterinary Medicine

  • May 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 research project must be relevant to human health, and should include at least one component of clinical and/or translational research as defined by the NIH.
  • Interest in developing a career in multidisciplinary, translational biomedical research.
  • Identification of two faculty mentors (one basic science and one clinical/translational) and strong mentor support.

Program Requirements

The CTS Interdisciplinary Concentration curriculum consists of:

  • A mentored research project with dual mentoring by basic and clinical scientists;
  • Presentation and participation at the annual CTSI Annual Research Day;
  • CTS core curriculum, biostatistics, and a minimum of 6 credits of electives. All courses must be passed with an “S” or a letter grade of “B” or better to count toward the concentration.
  • Annual review of an Individual Development Plan (e.g., myIDP).

CTS Core Curriculum

Year 1 Fall Semester: GMS 6847, Translational Research and Therapeutics: Bench, Bedside, Community, & Policy (3) and GMS 5905, Team Science (1)

Year 1 Spring Semester: GMS 7003, Responsible Conduct of Biomedical Research (1) and GMS 6931, Ethical & Policy Issues in Clinical Research (2)

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

Other required courses: Electives (8)

Application Information

Applicants to the CTS Interdisciplinary Concentration are accepted year-round.

Download the CTS Concentration Application


Applicants must identify a suitable mentoring team, which includes both a “basic” scientist or discipline expert and a “clinician” scientist who will be expected to serve as the Chair and Co-Chair, respectively, of the student’s graduate supervisory committee. Mentors must be nationally recognized faculty who represent major disciplines, centers, institutes, and/or programs.

Mentors will be approved by the CTSI Training Advisory Committee based on 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 co-mentors and the supervisory committee will also be subject to the requirements of and approval by the department through which the trainee seeks to obtain a Ph.D.


  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:
  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:
  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.