Students interested in participating in the Designated Emphasis in Translational Research program must be enrolled in the Ph.D. program of one of the participating graduate programs or groups. The student’s mentor should be a member of the Designated Emphasis in Translational Research faculty. It is recommended that a student enroll during the first two years of their Ph.D. program. For a current list of affiliated graduate programs and groups, please consult the web site. The Designated Emphasis in Translational Research program welcomes the addition of new graduate programs and graduate groups, as well as applications for membership by faculty. Students must be selected as Designated Emphasis in Translational Research trainees prior to taking the Ph.D. qualifying examination of their degree program.
The core courses will introduce Ph.D. students to the clinical and translational environment and is intended to acculturate trainees to the clinical environment, integrate medical principles into their research, and highlight high-impact clinical studies. It also includes aspects of study design and reproducible research.
Students should take 6 units of elective courses from the approved elective course list. Elective choices should be outside the requirements of the PhD program in which the student is enrolled and should provide additional competency in translational aspects of research. Other courses may be considered by the Chair upon request with justification.
The Ph.D. qualifying examination shall include an examination of knowledge within the designated emphasis. At least one faculty member of the designated emphasis program shall participate in the qualifying examination. Satisfactory performance on the qualifying examination for the Ph.D. will be judged independently from the performance on the designated emphasis.
The dissertation topic shall incorporate study within the designated emphasis.
The dissertation committee shall include at least one faculty member of the designated emphasis. The major professor must be a member of the Designated Emphasis in Translational Research faculty.
The Designated Emphasis in Translational Research will be awarded solely in conjunction with the Ph.D. and will be signified by the degree designation “Ph.D. in X with Emphasis in Translational Research."
The chair will serve as graduate advisor, and the program coordinator will also serve as an adviser.
Because the Designated Emphasis in Translational Research requires only four graduate courses, one of which may be in the student’s home program, it is estimated that the impact of completing the Designated Emphasis in Translational Research on the student’s time to degree will be minimal.