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January 2011 Issue

Erin Haynes, DrPH
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Clinical and Translational Science Training Program Adds Certificate Option

By Amanda Harper
Published January 2011

Conducting effective translational research starts with understanding the fundamentals. Armed with an understanding of clinical effectiveness, protocol design and statistical analysis, clinicians are better prepared to test the stellar new research concepts that may one day help patients.  


Since 2004, UC’s epidemiology and biostatistics division has offered this important training for clinicians interested in conducting translational research through its Clinical and Translational Research Training Program master’s degree. The program recently expanded to offer a certificate option as well.


Meant to serve as an introduction to clinical and translational research, the certificate consists of 14 credit hours and can be completed during an eight-week summer session, and courses will soon be available online. The first will be piloted during the winter 2011 quarter. Six courses will be offered online by next fall.


"We wanted to provide accessible clinical and translational research training for fellows, nurses, junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows and others working in the health care industry who are not certain they are ready to commit to a master’s degree but still wanted the skills to work in multidisciplinary clinical research teams,” explains Erin Haynes, DrPH, director of the program and an assistant professor in the environmental health department.


Currently, the certificate program includes 26 students with seven people having already graduated. Haynes says she expects more people to take advantage of the program once the coursework is available exclusively online.


"Our students have other responsibilities, so pursuing a full-time program in clinical research usually isn’t feasible for them,” explains Haynes. "When we designed the certificate curricula, one of our top priorities was to make the program convenient while maintaining the academic rigor of the land-based courses.”


The master’s degree program has been a tremendous success. Since its inception, 64 people have graduated from the program, and an additional 56 students are currently enrolled. The 48-credit hour curriculum combines traditional classroom experiences with seminars and individual mentoring. It is designed to be completed in two years as a part-time student.


Master’s students choose a focus area to direct their individualized coursework: Clinical epidemiology/clinical effectiveness, clinical trials, molecular epidemiology, translational research, research informatics (translational track) or research informatics (clinical track).


"Programs like ours provide health care professionals the training they need to conduct exceptional clinical research and provide the foundation for team-oriented science,” adds Haynes.


Applications for both the certificate and master’s programs in clinical and translational science can be submitted throughout the year. Summer term deadline is May 15, 2011. For more information, visit


Program Stats:

Master’s Program

·         Clinicians – 55

·         Pharmacists – 1

·         Men – 28          

·         Women – 28

·         UC (students or faculty) – 13

·         Children’s Hospital (faculty or research staff) – 41

·         Other – 2


Certificate Program

·         Clinicians – 15

·         PhDs/Researchers – 5

·         Master’s Degrees – 1

·         Bachelor’s Degrees – 5

·         Men – 10

·         Women – 16

·         UC (students or faculty) – 9

·         Children’s Hospital (faculty or research staff) – 11

·         Other – 6



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