Clinical & Translational Science Interdisciplinary Concentration and Graduate Certificate

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.


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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

Program Requirements

  • 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)

CTS Electives

  • 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)

Clinical Translational Science List of Courses

Application Information

Application materials must be emailed as one PDF file to Christian A. Rodriguez at

  • 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).
  • 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


Christian A Rodriguez

Christian A Rodriguez

Academic Program Spec II
Phone: (352) 294-8335
Wayne T McCormack
Department: MD-PATHOLOGY

Wayne T McCormack

Phone: (352) 294-8334