The MD/PhD Program is designed to train students planning careers in academic medicine or biomedical research. Through the collaborative efforts of the College of Medicine and the Graduate College, research-intensive training is pursued through the Clinical Translational Sciences PhD program.

Program Overview

The Clinical Translational Sciences (CTS) Graduate Program is designed to provide a strong foundation in clinical translational sciences for students seeking a flexible training program to earn a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from the University of Arizona. Research opportunities are available on various subjects and interdisciplinary topics within the Colleges of Medicine, Public Health, Pharmacy and Nursing with faculty on campus and at our partner institutions in Phoenix.

The CTS Program provides the foundation for a research career in the Clinical Translational Sciences by establishing:

  1. An adequate base knowledge of biostatistics and professional development training.
  2. Coursework that is related to your clinical interest (e.g. Medicine, Surgery, Neurology, Psychiatry, Cardiology, etc.), translational area (e.g., neuroscience, cancer biology, immunology, cardiovascular biology, precision medicine, health disparities, etc.) and/or health-related discipline (e.g. Health Outcomes, Public Health, Pharmacy, Nursing, etc.).
  3. Experience and training in research, culminating in a major original research project.
  4. Experience and training in presentation and publication of research findings, preparation of grant applications and teaching.

A Minor Program of Study is also required in a discipline that is relevant to your long-term scholarly goals.

Program Directors

Amelia Gallitano, MD, PhD
Director, Phoenix MD/PhD Program


To contact the program, please email Katharine Gonzales.