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About the Translational Biomedical Science Program

Specific program objectives include:

  • Prepare individuals in fundamentals of disease pathophysiology.
  • Provide in-depth mentoring to assure productive research training.
  • Teach fundamental theory and knowledge in the subject areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, laboratory methods, human subjects research and analytical procedures essential to clinical research.
  • Provide a critical environment fostering inquiry, integrity, teaching and communication skills, high productivity, and working in a multi-disciplinary environment.

Research Rotations

Students are required to do three rotations during the first year of study, one in the Fall and two in the Spring. These rotations introduce the student to the scientific thought and method. Students gain experience in research, attend research seminars, and practice their communication skills. Furthermore they become familiar with prospective research advisors for their thesis project. At the end of the first year, students choose a primary advisor and co-advisor (a Clinical Translational Investigator and a Basic Science Investigator appropriate to the research area) and embark on a Ph.D. thesis research program. Students may choose as their primary research advisor any faculty member on the School of Medicine and Dentistry Interdisciplinary Graduate Program faculty of designated mentors with an appropriate research program and funding mechanism to support the student.

Qualifying Examination

The qualifying examination at the end of the fourth semester (or with committee permission by the end of the fifth semester) consists of an oral examination by the student’s advisory committee / mentoring committee, composed of co-advisors (a Clinical Translational Investigator and a Basic Science Investigator appropriate to the research area) and two additional faculty members from different disciplines relevant to translational research.  The examination is based on a written proposal reflecting the chosen research project and will emphasize ability to utilize information to analyze and offer solutions to problems, and propose unique directions for future research. No comprehensive examination of formal coursework is intended, however, adequacy of knowledge and appreciation are assessed. Updated Information about Student Research Rotations & Qualifying Exam