Program Description

The Clinical Translational Sciences (CTS) Graduate Program is designed to provide a strong foundation in clinical translational sciences for post-baccalaureate or post-graduate students with either a clinical or basic science background. Applications are welcomed from UA students and personnel, as well as people outside of UA.

The program is intended to provide the foundation for a research career in the Clinical Translational Sciences. To achieve this aim, the student requires:

  1. An adequate base knowledge of biostatistics and CTS coursework that is specific to the student’s health-related discipline or clinical interest (e.g. Surgery, Cardiology, Neurology, etc.).
  2. Experience and training in research, culminating in a major research project.
  3. Professional development including experience and training in presentation and publication of research findings, preparation of grant applications and teaching.  For Ph.D. students, a minor program of study is also required in a discipline that is relevant to the student’s long-term scholarly goals.

The mission of the PhD program is to train the student to be a skilled researcher, who can successfully address both clinical and basic science aspects of translational research. The program provides an avenue for the student to gain experience in and exposure to the diverse areas of the clinical translational sciences and to offer a mechanism for the student to obtain in-depth knowledge in a specific area of medical research. To this end, students will work with a faculty mentor, contributing to the research done in the mentor’s lab and leading a specific laboratory or clinical research project that will form the basis of the student’s dissertation.

Domestic PhD students receive funding from the CTS program for their first year in the program in the form of a stipend. No funding is available to international PhD students. By the end of the first year in the program, each PhD student identifies a faculty mentor who will advise them and guide their research. The mentor funds the student, generally via employment in the mentor's laboratory. All students are encouraged to apply for grants to support their research and are provided with training in preparing grant applications.

This program is offered at the Tucson and Phoenix campuses of the UA Colleges of Medicine, in collaboration with the UA College of Nursing, UA College of Pharmacy, as well as the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.