MS CTS Program Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply?

The MS in Clinical and Translational Science is intended to train clinicians in any field (medicine, dentistry, physical/occupational therapy, pharmacy, etc.) to become leaders in clinical research. Students include: residents and fellows in health professions, postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty, and under-represented minority clinicians.

How can I apply?

Before applying, submit a statement of interest and your CV to Jaclyn Jackson. Then, visit the School of Public Health MS CTS webpage for detailed application instructions.

How much does the program cost?

Please visit the School of Public Health website for information regarding current tuition and fee rates. UIC Employees are eligible for a tuition and fee waiver, contact your human resource department for additional information. Fellows should speak with the departmental human resource contact person regarding tuition and fee benefits.

What is the curriculum? What are the requirements of the program?

The program consists of 26 semester hours of required core coursework in the following areas: quantitative methods, epidemiology, research ethics, research design, and grant writing. Students, with guidance from the program director and advisor, also complete 6 semester hours of electives from a broad array of relevant courses.

Required Courses:

  • BSTT 400 Biostatistics I
  • BSTT 401 Biostatistics II
  • EPID 403 Introduction to Epidemiology
  • GC 501 Scientific Integrity and Responsible Research
  • BHIS 509 Informatics for the Clinical Investigator
  • HPA 522 Public Health Research Design and Methods
  • HPA 591 Grant Writing for New Investigators
  • HPA 526 Leadership and Diversity in Clinical Research
  • IPHS 594 Frameworks for Researchers

In addition to the coursework, students attend seminars and workshops that provide them with exposure to the broad range of clinical and translational research. Students are encouraged to attend research seminars hosted by the CCTS and other departments. The Professional Development Workshops address topics essential to success as a clinical and translational researcher, including mentoring, negotiating for protected time, etc. Students are required to present their research proposal during the Initial Research Proposal Defense. During this presentation, they will receive feedback on their research plan from the Program Director and their research mentors.

The MS in Clinical and Translational Science culminates in a mentored research project in which the student works closely with one or more senior researchers. The mentored research project (16 required hours) gives students the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have acquired in classes and seminars/workshops, while obtaining necessary data to utilize in their final thesis and final defense presentation.

Thesis and Final Defense:
The final oral examination consists of a presentation of the student's research findings at an open meeting of student's Thesis Examining Committee. The presentation should be based on the publishable paper (thesis paper) and research proposal products of the student's clinical research project.

Detailed information, requirements, and policies for the program can be found in the School of Public Health Handbook, addressing the Master of Science and MS in Clinical and Translational Science.