Master of Science in Clinical Research and Translational Medicine
The Master of Science in Clinical Research and Translational Medicine in Temple’s College of Public Health prepares students to transform basic research into innovative advances in clinical care and population health. This master’s degree program trains professionals in the fields of public health and medicine, preparing you as a research scientist with expertise in
- study design and appropriate data analyses, which can be used to appropriately generate and test hypotheses and assess health-related outcomes;
- data management of health-related survey, cross-sectional, longitudinal and experimental data;
- application of modern statistical computing software, such as SAS and R, and statistical methods for large, complex data sets in public health and medicine; and
- targeted, scientific grant writing and ethical issues surrounding translational research.
Clinical research and translational medicine is an interdisciplinary science that combines approaches from public health and medicine to close the gap between what we learn from research and what is ultimately implemented in clinical practice. The field of translational medicine helps care providers and public health practitioners transform evidence-based findings into strategies to prevent and treat disease more effectively.
Graduates of this master’s program work in a wide range of settings, including clinics, health systems, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies. Graduates may lead careers as clinical research scientists, clinical research associates, clinical/translational research coordinators or physician scientists, among other potential positions.
What sets apart our MS in Clinical Research and Translational Medicine?
- Collaborative, interdisciplinary education: The program has a 1-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, providing you opportunities to work closely with a wide range of faculty. Our location in the College of Public Health, with our connection to the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, facilitates interdisciplinary research and prepares students to effectively translate findings through team-based science.
- Renowned professors: Our faculty are experts in translational research including group and individually randomized trials and dissemination and implementation science. They have practical experience working in interdisciplinary teams in a variety of settings, including academic- and community-based health systems and small practices nationwide.
- Real-world experience: You will gain hands-on experience working on health-related data sets and writing a grant proposal for submission—making you competitive and prepared to succeed in your career.
The program is available on-site at Temple’s Main Campus and Health Sciences Center. Students can complete the program in two years by studying full time.
Students take core courses in public health and medicine to advance their understanding and application of epidemiological and statistical methodology, which is necessary for productive careers improving the public’s health. Clinical Research and Translational Medicine courses address topics such as
- data management and coding of health-related data,
- dissemination and implementation,
- epidemiologic research methods,
- grant writing,
- multivariable regression modeling, and
- scientific integrity and bioethics.
All students in the program are required to complete two semesters of thesis planning and development with faculty supervision from both the College of Public Health and the Lewis Katz School of Medicine. The master’s thesis documents the student’s independent research and demonstrates mastery of a primary area of interest.