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Graduate Bulletin

Clinical Research and Translational Medicine, M.S.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall:  April 15

Spring:  November 1

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required:  3

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from evaluators who can provide insight into the applicant's academic abilities and talents, as well as comment on the applicant's aptitude for graduate study and research, particularly as related to Translational Research.  Recommendations from college/university faculty members are preferred.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

Proficiency in Statistics and Basic Clinical Medicine is highly desired.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A baccalaureate in a Clinical or Basic Science is required.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be no more than 750 words in length. It should describe important academic and research achievements and specific interests in Translational Research. It also should specify how your research interests relate to your ultimate career goals in Clinical Medicine and/or Translational Research.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE or MCAT is required.  Scores on both the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE should be 500 or higher.  Test scores must be from the past five years.

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted:  550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based.


A resume or curriculum vitae is required.


An interview is required.

Test Waivers:

Postdoctoral applicants who hold a terminal degree from an accredited institution may request a waiver of the GRE/MCAT.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Total Number of Credits Required: 36

Required Courses:

Core courses in the College of Health Professions (12 s.h.)

Core courses in the School of Medicine (9 s.h.)

Elective courses in an area of research interest (9 s.h.)

Research project (6 s.h.)

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:


The master's thesis documents the independent research of the student and demonstrates mastery of her/his primary area of interest.  Thesis research is conducted under the direct supervision of an academic advisor from both the School of Medicine and the College of Health Professions.  The specific topic for research should be of current interest in the professional community and relevant to Translational Research.  After a research topic is selected, a thesis proposal is submitted describing a plan for completion of the proposed research.  The student may continue the research only after the initial proposal is approved by the committee.

Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Department of Public Health

College of Health Professions

Ritter Hall Annex, 9th Floor (004-09)
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Philadelphia, PA  19122



Department Contacts:


Deborah Nelson, Ph.D.


Henry Parkman, M.D.


Graduate Chairperson:

Alice Hausman, Ph.D.


Department Chairperson:

Alice Hausman, Ph.D.



About the Program

The M.S. program in Clinical Research and Translational Medicine provides detailed training in the requirements for conducting clinical research and an understanding of the complex scientific, ethical, and regulatory issues associated with such research.  This degree program addresses the increased emphasis on high-quality clinical research to help translate the findings of basic research into clinical care.

Time Limit for Degree Completion:  3 years

Campus Location:


Courses are also offered at the Center City and Health Sciences Center campuses.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: 

Full-time study is required.

Department Information:

Department of Public Health

College of Health Professions

Ritter Hall Annex, 9th Floor (004-09)
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Philadelphia, PA  19122



Interdisciplinary Study:

Required and elective courses are offered through the College of Health Professions, School of Medicine, and other departments within the University.


The program is collaboratively offered by the College of Health Professions and the School of Medicine.

Study Abroad:



Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Areas of Specialization:

Not applicable.

Job Placement:

Graduates of this program are prepared to be faculty members or researchers in colleges and universities or to hold research-related positions in a wide range of organizations.  Graduates may be employed in health systems, hospitals and clinics, public health departments, and public health and other healthcare and human service agencies.  Graduates also work in pharmaceutical companies, non-profit and for-profit corporations, foundations, and consulting firms with a focus on interdisciplinary and translational research.


Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Students are permitted to take up to 9 s.h. of coursework before matriculation. Entry into these courses as a non-matriculated student is at the instructor's discretion.  If accepted into the program, those courses may be applied toward the degree requirements.  Course selection should be made in consultation with an advisor, and students should be aware that completion of coursework does not ensure admission into the program.

Financing Opportunities

Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Research Assistants (RAs) provide 20 hours of service per week. TAs may be assigned to assist in the teaching of courses, including grading examinations and papers or teaching laboratory sections. Some TAs independently teach undergraduate courses. RAs perform supervised research activities. Both assistantships carry a minimum stipend and full tuition remission for up to 9 credits per semester. Applications for assistantships are available from the Department of Public Health and must be submitted by January 15 for the following Fall semester. The application requires a statement of previous teaching and/or research experience, areas of interest, and future goals; unofficial copies of transcripts; and a curriculum vitae. The department makes offers of assistantships following admission to the program. Applications should be addressed to Dr. Alice Hausman, Chair of the Department of Public Health, Temple University, Ritter Hall Annex, 9th Floor (004-09), 1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091.

Updated 3.11.09