The Designated Emphasis in Translational Research (DETR) is an inter-graduate group program that allows Ph.D. students to receive and be credited for training in the area of translational research. The latter is defined as application of knowledge from any area of graduate study to enhance human and animal health and well-being. Students in any affiliated graduate group or program may participate. This can include (for example), physical and mathematical sciences, engineering, environmental and agricultural sciences, as well as the health, behavioral, and social sciences. The overarching goal of the initiative is to provide an innovative, cost-effective, and sustainable model for training a new cadre of Ph.D. scientists who will have productive careers in translational and health sciences research.