The fundamental mission of academic medicine is the acquisition and application of scientific knowledge to improve health care, and the translation of information derived from basic biomedical research into clinical applications is essential for this mission to be accomplished.

Contact: Lapo Alinari, MD, PhD, or Anna Vilgelm, MD, PhD
Faculty Liaisons

Program Curriculum


In addition to the core requirements, for a student to receive on their transcript the special designation of translational research, he/she must complete the following courses:

  • PUBHEPI 6412 Basic Principles in Clinical and Translational Science (2 credits): Identification of clinical and translational research issues, assessment of the literature, ethically responsible research, cross-disciplinary training and mentoring.
  • PUBHEPI 6413 Conducting & Communicating Research in Clinical and Translational Science (2 credits): Design and writing of protocol, study methods and implementation, community engagement, informatics, translational teamwork. Scientific communication skills and dissemination of clinical and translational science.
  • HTHRHSC 7300 - Leadership: Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (3 credits): Application of management and leadership principles for the development of administration of allied health departments in the health care system.
  • PHR 7560: First in Human Clinical Study Design (2 credits). Overview of key issues related to initial testing of new treatment in humans. Topics to be covered include:  drug development; animal models; biomarkers; PK/PD; toxicology; devices; IND for new drugs ; genomics/precision medicine; design of clinical trials; go/no go decisions in drug development; using commercialization to bring a drug or device forward; etc. 


In addition, to the above courses, students will choose one of the courses in the 8800 series that is most appropriate to their research or substitute with a course that more closely matches the research interests of the student.

  • BSGP 8800.01 - Immunology and Inflammation (2 credits)
  • BSGP 7950-0010 - Host-Pathogen Interactions: Research Seminar. Description: Faculty, students and outside speakers will give research presentations on microbial-host interactions. Prereq: Grad standing, or permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 8 cr hrs. This course is graded S/U. Attributes: None. Credits: 1
  • THRHSC 5510-0020 - Pharmacological Aspects of Practice in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Description: Fundamentals of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug law, selected medications and treatment methods utilized by allied health professionals. Prior completion of HthRhSc 5500 is recommended. Prereq: EEOB 2520 or Physio 3200, or Grad standing, or permission of instructor. Credits: 2
  • BSGP 8800.04 - Cancer Biology & Therapeutics units (2 credits)
  • CBG 5700 - Introduction to Personalized Therapeutics and Pharmacogenomics. Exploration of the trend to therapy tailored to the individual patient rather than "one drug fits all;" inter-individual differences in drug responses, with emphasis on genetic and genomic factors; ethical, regulatory and economic issues that impact drug therapies. Cross-listed in BioPhrm and Phr. Credits 3.

Course Sequence

  • PUBHEPI 6412, Fall, 2 Credits
  • First in Human Clinical Study Design, Fall, 2 Credits  
  • PUBHEPI 6413, Spring, 2 Credits
  • VETBIOS 8855, Spring, 2 Credits
  • BSGP 8800:  choose from .01 to .05 (or substitute), Fall or Spring, 2 Credits

Total Credits:   10