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Certificate + Degree Programs

Dual-Title PhD Program in Clinical and Translational Sciences
The Penn State CTSI has established a dual-title Ph.D. program in Clinical and Translational Sciences. This multidisciplinary program brings together a range of courses, from statistics and epidemiology to scientific communication and bioinformatics. The coursework, combined with a required internship experience, faculty mentoring, and exposure to CTSI tools and resources, gives students the broad base of knowledge needed to launch a career in clinical and translational science.

More information can be found on the program website.

Certificate in Translational Science
A one-year program leading to a Graduate Certificate in Translational Science consisting of 15 credits of coursework in biostatistics, epidemiology, research design, and ethics is available for healthcare professionals to enhance a successful career in translational science.

Predoctoral medical, post-graduate and nursing students, residents, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and support personnel from within the University including nurses, research nurses, study coordinators and other students from the community including healthcare and public health professionals may apply as non-degree students to pursue the certificate.

Masters Degree Programs:
Students wishing to obtain a Masters Degree apply to the Graduate Program and to the Graduate School. Admission criteria include undergraduate GPA > 3.0; letters of support and student’s statement regarding the need for the degree in terms of their career plans. It is strongly encouraged that students enter in the Certificate program initially and then apply during the first year of classes for admission into the Masters program.

Master of Science Degree in Public Health Sciences (PHS)
The PHS Master of Science Program is a two-year curriculum, comprised of didactic and interactive components, and mentored research, whose goal is to enable students to do clinical and health services research. The program includes a core curriculum in clinical epidemiology, biostatistics, clinical trials, and outcomes research assessment. Courses are devoted to protection of human subjects, critical appraisal of the literature, individual project design and development, project presentation, scientific communication and translational research methods. Each student undertakes a research project that s/he designs, develops, and conducts during the program in close association with a mentor in their clinical discipline and an advisor.

Master of Public Health (MPH)
Master of Public Health students learn population based methods for planning, executing, analyzing, and disseminating research results, and gain first-hand real-world working experience in the practice of public health. The MPH degree program incorporates most of the requirements of the MS in Public Health Sciences degree program, while drawing on relevant courses offered in the Departments of Health Policy and Administration and Biobehavioral Health in the College of HHD at UP. As part of their training students complete a 6-credit public health practice internship in areas such as academics, the community, the Commonwealth of PA, and the Indian Health Services. Physician trainees in the Master of Public Health Sciences program are expected to complete three components: 1) the 36-credit clinical research education program; 2) a mentored clinical research project; and 3) the physician trainee’s own grant proposal.

Individual courses
Predoctoral medical, graduate and nursing students, residents,  postdoctoral fellows, faculty and support personnel from within the University including nurses, research nurses, study coordinators and other students from the community including healthcare and public health professionals that possess a baccalaureate degree may apply as non-degree students to take individual courses.

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