Clinical Research Training Program Now Offers Master's Degree

02/29/2008

A clinical research training program begun through IHRP two years ago has been approved as a new degree program.

The new Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science (MS CTS) will be awarded by the School of Public Health. The degree program builds on a concentration offered through the school’s MS program since 2006. It fosters the development of research skills in clinical sciences.

The Illinois Board of Higher Education approved the new degree February 5.

The MS CTS is intended to train clinicians to become leaders in clinical and translational research. Core requirements provide students with basic skills in epidemiology and biostatistics. Most coursework, however, is a broad array of electives that allows trainees to concentrate on their research interests. Students work with advisors and the program director to tailor their studies to their interests and goals.

This new degree program is one of several education initiatives UIC is developing to cultivate research skills and a stronger research climate, said Jack Zwanziger, professor of health policy and administration, who directs the training program. A certificate program in clinical research methods will be offered online in 2009, he said.

The program has been designed to accommodate trainees from a broad array of disciplines across the health sciences colleges. Students in the program may include pre-doctoral clinicians as well as those in fellowship programs in the health sciences, in postdoctoral training positions, or serving as junior faculty with clinical responsibilities. Completion of the program requires two years for full-time students; part-time students generally take three to four years.

The program was developed with funding from the National Institutes of Health.

For more information about the program or to obtain application instructions, visit the School of Public Health Web site.

[Editor's note: In 2009, this program's administration was assumed by the UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science.]

This news release was written by Veronica Johnston, IHRP communications director.