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Curriculum

A central element of the PhD Program in Clinical and Translational Science is that students are engaged simultaneously in didactic coursework and practical research experiences. The program offers four types of courses: required core courses, advanced methodology "selectives," concentration/research-based electives, and dissertation research.

The figure below shows the sequencing of the core coursework and customized selective coursework as well as the milestones for completion of the degree program.

Core Curriculum

The PhD in Clinical and Translational Science requires a minimum of 72 credits. A central element of the PhD Program in Clinical and Translational Science is that students are engaged simultaneously in didactic coursework and practical research experiences. The program offers four types of courses: required core courses, advanced methodology "selectives," concentration/research-based electives, and dissertation research.

The basics include clinical research methods, biostatistics, measurement of outcomes, and ethical and regulatory principles regarding human research. The core curriculum is a tightly integrated series of courses with coordination of topics, problems, and skills acquisition across the various content areas. The curriculum begins with an intensive summer program that immerses the trainee in didactic and experiential components of all of the major areas of the core.

Advanced Selectives

Methodology selectives are courses chosen by a student and his or her mentor and approved by the program directors. These selected courses focus on the advanced methodologic or analytic topics that will be most useful to the student's chosen area of research. The courses will typically be completed in years 2 and 3. At least 6 credits must be in advanced analytic methods (e.g., statistics or epidemiology), and at least 4 credits must be in research methods (e.g., clinical trial design, imaging methodology, or pharmacogenomics).

Coursework and Milestones Overview

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