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Clinical and Translational Research (Certificate)

Students in the Certificate in Clinical and Translational Research gain expertise in clinical and translational science and become more interdisciplinary in their professional endeavors.

Clinical and translational research is a discipline that fosters multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and team-based approaches to accelerate the translation of scientific discoveries to improve human health. The goal of the Clinical and Translational Sciences Program is to accelerate the translation of research findings into evidence-based policies and practices that improve human health.

Who should apply?

Northwestern University faculty, fellows and residents interested in clinical and translational science are encouraged to apply. Students from PhD programs in the life sciences, neurosciences, selected engineering disciplines, speech and language pathology, and social sciences such as medical anthropology may also be interested in this certificate.

How to apply

Enrolled PhD students in The Graduate School may pursue this certificate with the permission of their program. In order to petition to have a Graduate Certificate awarded and appear on the transcript, students must submit the  Application for a Graduate Certificate  once all Graduate Certificate requirements have been completed, but no later than the time that the student files for graduation (in the final quarter of study). 

Who to contact

Please contact the program director, listed below, with questions about this program. Or, explore the Clinical and Translational Research website for more information.

  • Adam White
    Graduate Programs Administrator
    750 N Lake Shore Drive, 11th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60611  
    Phone: (312) 503-2244

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.

A total of five courses are required for the Clinical and Translational Research Certificate:

  • MSCI 321-1: Biostatistics for Clinical Investigators 1
  • MSCI 421-0: Biostatistics for Clinical Investigators 2
  • Three additional courses from the MS in Clinical Investigation curriculum (required or elective lists) or other TGS master’s degrees (with programmatic permission).

Students will be responsible for following TGS procedures to indicate that they have completed requirements for the certificate. Course substitutions or deviations will be approved by the Clinical and Translational Research Program Director.