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TBS and IIMP Program of Study for the Translational Biomedical Science PhD program

We have designed the core curriculum (34 -  37 credits) to provide fundamental and deep knowledge in basic, translational and population science disciplines. TBS students emerge from the program with the skills to translate this knowledge into a productive research career within a team science environment. 28 credits of core courses, seminars, and research are needed at the time of the qualifying exam and 96 credits are needed at the time of the thesis defense.

The IIMP pathway-specific core curriculum provides fundamental and deep knowledge so that IIMP students emerge from the training program prepared for a productive academic career at the interface between laboratory and population science. 28 credits of core courses, seminars, and research are needed at the time of the qualifying exam and 96 credits are needed at the time of the thesis defense.

Required TBS/IIMP Courses

  • MOOC Introduction to Translational Research (no credit) - Summer of Acceptance
  • PTH509 Cell Bio of Human Disease I (4 credits) - Fall
  • PM415 Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits) - Fall
  • PM410 Intro Data Management OR IND419 Intro to Quantitative Biology (3 credits) - PM410 – Fall / IND419 – Spring (IIMP track must take)
  • IND501 Ethics and Professional Integrity in Research (1 credit) - Fall
  • IND436 CTSI Seminar Series changed: IND436 CTSI Seminar Series (no credit) – taken each semester until Qualifying Exam is passed.
  • PTH510 Cell Bio of Human Disease II (4 credits) - Spring
  • BST463 Intro to Biostats OR BST467 Applied Biostats (3 credits) - ​BST463 Fall / BST467 Spring
  • PM488 Experimental Therapeutics (3 credits) OR BST465 Design of Clinical Trials (3 credits) - Fall / Spring
  • PM486 Medical Ecology (3 credits) - Spring
  • Two skills workshops - Listed below
  • 8-11 elective credits - Listed below

IIMP-Specific Required Courses

  • IND419 Intro to Quantitative Biology (3 credits) - Spring
  • PM451 Epidemiology of Infectious Disease (3 credits) - Fall

Skills Workshops

  • PM419 Recruitment & Retention of Human Subjects in Clinical Research (3 credits) - Fall
  • BME431 FDA & Intellectual Property (2 credits) - Fall
  • Communication Course (1 or 2 credits)
    • IND426 Science Communication for Diverse Audiences - Fall
    • IND417 Workshop in Scientific Communications - Spring
    • PHP405 Effective Scientific Communications - Spring
  • Grant Writing Course (2 or 3 credits)
    • PM438 Grantsmanship - Spring
    • BCS582 Grant Writing in BCS - Spring
    • BME589 Writing Proposals in BME - Spring
    • BPH567 Writing Proposals in Biophysics - Spring
  • IND439: Leadership and Management for Scientists (2 credits) - Spring

Selected elective course work in computational, qualitative, health policy and population science tracks

  • IND593 Deaf Communities, Deaf Health (3 Credits) - Fall
  • PM485 Introduction to Biomedical Informatics (3 Credits) - Fall
  • BST465 Design of Clinical Trials (4 Credits) - Spring
  • PM458 Qualitative Health Care Research (3 Credits) - Summer
  • PM426 Social & Behavioral Medicine (3 Credits) - Spring
  • PM487 Fundamentals of Science, Technology & Health Policy (3 Credits) - Spring
  • PM445 Introduction to Health Services Research (3 Credits) - Fall
  • PM412 Survey Research (3 Credits) - Fall
  • PM420 American Health Policy and Politics (3 Credits) - Fall
  • BME432 BME432 FDA & IP Commercialization (2 credits) - Spring

Selected elective course work in laboratory sciences: biochemistry, cell, molecular biology, toxicology or IIMP tracks

  • PM410 Intro to Data Management (3 credits) - Fall (or summer for part-time students)
  • IND431 Foundations of Modern Biology I (5 modules – 1 credit each) - Fall – may take individual or all modules
  • IND432 Foundations of Modern Biology II (5 modules – 1 credit each) - Spring – may take individual or all modules
  • IND443 Eukaryotic Gene Regulations & Recitation (4 Credits) - Spring
  • MBI473/573 Immunology & Seminar (5 credits) - Fall
  • MBI414/514 Microbial Pathogenesis & Seminar (4 credits) - Fall
  • MBI421/521 Microbial Genetics & Seminar (4 credits) - Spring
  • MBI456 General Virology (4 credits) - Spring
  • TOX521 Toxicology I (4 credits) - Spring
  • TOX522 Toxicology II (4 credits) - Fall
  • TOX530 Developmental Toxicology (2 credits) - Spring