Admission Criteria

Students interested in participating in the DETR 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 DETR 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 DETR program welcomes the addition of new graduate programs and graduate groups, as well as applications for membership by faculty. Students must be selected as DETR Trainees prior to taking the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination of their degree program.

Curriculum

Required Courses:

  • Introduction to Clinical Research CLH 200 – 3 units
  • Methods in Clinical Research CLH 203 – 3 units
  • One (1) ethics course, chosen from the provided list – 2-3 units
  • One (1) elective course which must be approved by the graduate advisor. It should be outside the requirements of the PhD program in which the student is enrolled and provide additional competency in translational aspects of research. – 3-4 units
    TOTAL REQUIRED UNITS: 12

Core Requirement: This two-course sequence introduces PhD 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. Introduction to Clinical Research (CLH 200): Overview of major clinical research topics that will combine didactic lectures and presentations by successful clinical researchers describing practical experiences. A team capstone project is completed, focusing on current topics in clinical research. Methods in Clinical Research (CLH 203): Overview of major approaches to clinical and translational research. Laboratory, pre-clinical, and clinical methods will be discussed, as well as methods in health services research and health informatics.

Bioethics Requirement: DETR students must complete one ethics course such as the following (substitution allowed with approval of the graduate advisor, should be completed before QE):

  • ABG 401 Ethics and Professionalism in Animal Biology (2 units)
  • BIM 209 Scientific Ethics and Inquiry (2 units)
  • CLH 204 Responsible Conduct of Research (3 units)
  • ECL 290 Responsible Conduct of Research for Environmental Scientists (2 units)
  • GGG 296 Scientific Professionalism and Integrity (2 units)
  • PLP 298 Scientific Ethics in Biotech Research (2 units)

Elective Course(s): DETR students must complete at least one elective course which must be approved by the graduate advisor. It should be outside the requirements of the PhD program in which the student is enrolled and provide additional competency in translational aspects of research. Allowable elective courses (but not limited to) are:

  • NSC 225 Translational Research in the Neurobiology of Disease (2 units)
  • NSC 261C Topics in Vision: Clinical Vision Science (2 units)
  • PHA 207  Drug Discovery and Development (3 units)
  • PHA 255 Gene Therapy (3 units)
  • EPI 240 Principles of Injury Epidemiology (3 units)
  • PMD 440 (CLH equivalent): Surgery/Pathology/Radiology Translational Research Laboratory Course (2 units)

Qualifying Examination

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.

Dissertation Requirements

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 DETR faculty.

Degree Conferral Process

The designated emphasis 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."

Student Advising

The Chair will serve as graduate advisor, and the Program Coordinator will also serve as an adviser.

Impact on Time to Degree

Because the DE 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 DE in Translational Research on the student’s time to degree will be minimal.