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PhD in Clinical and Translational Science

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Program Overview

We live in an exciting era of scientific revolution. The nation has devoted extensive resources to basic biomedical research, and this has led to many fundamental discoveries. Unfortunately, significant barriers between basic science and clinical research still exist and make it difficult to translate new knowledge into enhanced clinical care of the patient—and back again to the bench. Clinical and translational science is the emerging field that aims at closing the gap between basic science and clinical research.

The Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) at the University of Pittsburgh has designed the PhD Program in Clinical and Translational Science to help train investigators to re-engineer the ways in which basic scientific discoveries are translated to improve health and health care. The rigorous and advanced training program is intended primarily for clinicians, and it aims to substantially enhance the capabilities of scientists to conduct high-quality clinical and translational research.

The PhD program has several unique and important attributes:

For details about the program requirements, courses, examination requirements, and milestones, please see our Program Handbook.