Clinical Translational Science - Master of Public Health

This specialization in the Master of Public Health degree is intended for clinicians who would like additional training in the methods most applicable for research in applied clinical settings. It draws on the tools of biostatistics and epidemiology along with such important considerations as law and ethics.

A combination of classes, seminars, and mentored individual study helps students develop the ability to function as independent investigators.

Students admitted to the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program are assigned a faculty advisor who will provide guidance throughout the program.

This information serves as a resource to be used by the student and the faculty advisor in planning a program with a specialization in Clinical Translational Science (CTS). For detailed additional information about specific requirements, students are directed to the College of Public Health (CPH) Graduate Student Handbook and to the Graduate School Handbook (

Program of Study

The MPH-CTS curriculum consists of a minimum of 45 credits organized into five curricular domains:
1. Core courses in areas of knowledge basic to public health (16 credits)
2. Courses required for a specialization in CTS (18 credits)
3. Elective courses approved for the specialization (minimum of 6 credits)
4. Practicum (2 credits minimum)
5. Culminating project (3 credits minimum)

Recommended Preparation

The curriculum in clinical translational science draws heavily on epidemiology and biostatistics, so students should be prepared for the quantitative demands of those fields. In addition, because of the nature of the work, the specialization in clinical translational science is limited to persons who have a clinically-related doctorate (e.g., MD, DO, DDS, DVM, PharmD) or who are in a combined degree program for that degree along with the MPH.

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