Certificate in Translational Science

Program Description
The Graduate Certificate in Translational Science (CTS) is designed to provide graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and other health care professionals with a formal introduction to the essential components involved in the advancement of scientific discoveries in basic biomedical research into clinical applications and improvements in human health. 

This 12 semester-credit-hour (SCH) program operated in the UT Health San Antonio Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) offers formal coursework in topics relevant to translational science including biostatistics, epidemiology, and clinical trials design and analysis. 

The CTS program is an alternative for health professionals who do not have the time to complete the requirements of an advanced Master’s or Doctoral degree and to graduate students, fellows, and others who desire additional training in the evolving discipline of translational science to supplement their clinical or basic science training.

Program Eligibility and Application Requirements:
The CTS program assumes sufficient educational background and experience in the biological or biomedical sciences.  It is expected that most students will have a health professional degree or a BS/BA or MS/MA degree with emphasis in a health-related discipline.  General requirements include:

  • Qualifying degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. or an equivalent degree and/or training at a foreign institution
  • Grade Point Average no lower than a “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale)
  • A satisfactory GRE score that is less than 5 years prior to the date of application
  • Evidence of a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for applicants from countries where English is not the native language

Other application materials include:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s readiness for graduate coursework in translational science
  • A Personal Statement (1-2 pages) describing the applicant’s background, research and career goals, and purpose for utilizing training in translational science
  • A current Curriculum Vitae.

Application to the CTS Program
Applications and all other required application materials will be processed through the online application system for the UT Health San Antonio Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  This application is available here .  Applications are accepted year-round, but applications must be submitted within the GSBS deadlines for submission. 

CTS Requirements
Twelve semester credit hours (SCH) are required to obtain the Certificate in Translational Science.

Required Courses– 8 SCH.  The following courses must be successfully completed:

MEDI 5070


Responsible Conduct of Research

MEDI 5071


Patient-Oriented Clinical Research Methods – 1

MEDI 5072


Patient-Oriented Research Biostatistics – 1

MEDI 6001


Introduction to Translational Science

MEDI 6101*


Topics in Translational Science

    *Must enroll in two semesters.

    Elective Courses – 4 SCH.  Diverse elective courses are available to accommodate the varying interests of the graduate students in this program:

    MEDI 5073

    2 SCH

    Integrating Molecular Biology with Patient-Oriented Clinical Research

    MEDI 5074

    2 SCH

    Data Management, Quality Control, and Regulatory Issues

    MEDI 5075

    2 SCH

    Scientific Communication

    MEDI 5077

    1 SCH

    Translational Science Practicum

    MEDI 6060

    2 SCH

    Patient-Oriented Clinical Research Methods – 2

    MEDI 6061

    2 SCH

    Patient-Oriented Research Biostatistics – 2

    MEDI 6064

    1 SCH

    Grantsmanship and Peer Review

    MEDI 6065

    2 SCH

    Health Services Research

    MEDI 6066

    1 SCH

    Instrument Development and Validation

    MEDI 6067

    1 SCH

    Genomic Healthcare

    MEDI 6068

    1 SCH

    Cross Cultural Adaptation of Research Instruments

    MEDI 6100

    1 SCH

    Practicum in IACUC Procedures

    MEDI 6102

    1 SCH

    Practicum in IRB Procedures

    MEDI 6103

    1 SCH

    Selected Topics in Advanced Research Ethics

      Program Completion
       After completing all course requirements, the CTS student must complete a Request for Certification Form.  This will be forwarded to the Committee on Graduate Studies for approval.  Once approved by the COGS, the recommendation for awarding a Certificate in Translational Science will be forwarded to the GSBS Dean.  With this final approval, the Certificate will be issued.

      For students who decide to pursue a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation degree or the Translational Science PhD degree, the semester credit hours earned in the CTS program may be used toward the degree requirements of those programs.

      Certification Request Form

      Questions or Information
       Contact Joy Rose (rosej1@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-4631) in the IIMS Research Education, Training, and Career Development office for questions about the CTS program.