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.
  • VETBIOS 8855 Commercialization for Researchers (2 credits): Commercialization of faculty or student inventions is one recognized method for the transfer of knowledge for the betterment of society. This course covers the vocabulary and concepts of commercialization; invention cultivation, reporting, and assessment; intellectual property protection; market analysis; and commercialization strategies.
  • 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 8800.02 - Infection & Host/Pathogen Science (2 credits)
  • BSGP 8800.03 - Regenerative Medicine & Wound Healing (2 credits)
  • BSGP 8800.04 - Cancer Biology & Therapeutics units (2 credits)
  • BSGP 8800.05 - Genomic Medicine and Pharmacogenomics (2 credits)

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

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