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PhD in Translational Science

PhD in Translational Science

A new joint doctoral degree – a PhD in Translational Science (TS PhD) – was approved by The University of Texas System and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) in 2011.  In line with a field of science that emphasizes multi-disciplinary, collaborative research, the proposed doctoral degree program in Translational Science is offered as a multi-institutional joint degree program.  The four UT System universities partnering in this effort are:

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Joint Degree Institutions

Collaborating Institution

This collaboration of four universities to offer a single joint doctoral degree is unique in the UT System.  The program is designed to use the existing resources and expertise in specific key areas of each university to offer a strong, diverse, and competitive Translational Science PhD.  The TS PhD will prepare the next generation of scientists to lead the multi-disciplinary biomedical research teams of the future in increasingly complex research environments.  These scientists will advance knowledge in areas across the translational research spectrum ranging from basic discovery, through human investigation, to population-based and policy research, toward the goal of translating scientific discoveries into strategies that will improve healthcare delivery, patient outcomes, and community health.


Please click here for the online application for the TS PhD program.

What is Translational Science?

For many years, extensive national resources have been devoted to basic biomedical (bench) and clinical (human subject) research; however, significant barriers continue to exist in moving knowledge bi-directionally between basic research, clinical research, and applications to improve health outcomes in individuals and the community.  These barriers make it difficult to efficiently and effectively translate new knowledge into improved patient care.

To remedy these problems, Translational Science has emerged as an academic and scientific discipline.  Translational Science (TS) is a scientific discipline that investigates methods to move discovery more efficiently and effectively into application.  TS investigators must respond, interact, facilitate change, and conduct research within and among varied organizational behaviors, structures, and cultures.  TS conducts rigorous studies that close the knowledge gaps between different levels of the research process – the basic science laboratory, clinical research discoveries, and application of these research findings toward disease prevention and management, and strategies to improve human, community, and global health.