Clinical and Translational Science (PhD)

Research to shape the future of health care.

Develop the skills you need to be an effective researcher who can make a lasting impact on healthcare through Creighton University’s Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical and Translational Science. This program can help aspiring medical scientists and educators develop and conduct original research that can be applied in a clinical setting. You’ll also gain a mastery of writing critical review articles and original research articles that can be published in scholarly journals.

Graduates who earn their PhD typically go on to careers in clinical and translational science research, postdoctoral research fellowships, pharmaceutical and other biotech industries, and education. Demand for medical scientists who have earned their PhD is expected to rise nearly 11 percent in the next decade.

Source: Economic Modeling Specialists International – November 2017

Make the most of our faculty’s expertise.

You’ll be able to utilize the broad knowledge of the faculty members in Creighton’s clinical and translational science department from the time you begin to plan your research until you defend your dissertation. Our faculty hold primary appointments in departments such as General Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Neurosurgery, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Neurology, Pathology and Orthopedic Surgery.

You’ll work with a graduate advisory committee to set goals for your time in the program, find out about clinical research opportunities, and determine a focus area for your research.

Curriculum

To earn the Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical and Translational Science degree at Creighton University, you must complete 90 credits:

  • Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Biostatistics and Analysis of Clinical Data Evidence-Based Practice
  • Intermediate Biostatistics: Correlational and Multivariate Regression Analyses of Clinical Data
  • Federal Policies in Clinical and Translational Research
  • The Discipline of Scientific Writing and Preparation of Competitive Grant Applications
  • Seminars in Clinical and Translational Science (one credit each semester except while writing the PhD dissertation)
  • Directed Independent Study (at least six credits)
  • Directed Independent Research (at least 30 credits)
  • PhD Dissertation (at least six credits)
    • Must present research work to advisory committee to earn permission to write the PhD dissertation
    • Must write, submit, and successfully defend the PhD dissertation
  • Comprehensive examination
    • Must pass the examination by the end of 18 months in the program
    • Consists of two components:
      • Writing a review on a topic other than your PhD project and successfully defend the proposal
      • Writing an NIH R01-style grant proposal on your research topic and successfully defending it
  • At least nine credits from CTS elective courses

Students who have already earned their Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science must only complete 60 credits for this PhD program.

Goals of the program along with a full course listing can be found in Creighton’s course catalog.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university.
    • Must include satisfactory completion of coursework in both biological and chemical sciences
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 required
  • Completed application (requires non-refundable $50 fee). Must include the following documents:
    • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
    • Personal statement
    • Three letters of recommendation
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Scores in the 50th percentile or above for the verbal and quantitative parts of the examination are preferred. A minimum score of 3.5 is required for the analytical writing component.
    • Scores of the MCAT, DAT, USMLE or another Health Professional Entrance Examination may be considered in lieu of the GRE.
  • International students: International applicants from countries in which English is not the primary language must demonstrate proficiency in English language by submitting a minimum TOEFL score of 90 iBT (557 PBT) or a minimum IELTS overall band score of 6.5 (no sub score lower than 6). Not required if you received your baccalaureate or a higher degree from an accredited institution in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or Africa (English-speaking only).

Tuition & Scholarships

Tuition is waived for all accepted students in the PhD program. In addition, accepted PhD students receive a stipend of about $25,000 per year, subject to income tax, and health insurance coverage. The amount of the stipend may change according to NIH guidelines.

Each PhD candidate will also be provided up to $1,200 per year to present at a national meeting. The approval of such funds is subject to the review and approval of the CTS advisory committee.

Important Dates & Deadlines

Program Start Dates
August for fall start, January for spring start.

Application Deadlines
April 30 for fall, August 30 for spring.

International students must apply at least two months prior to the deadline to allow time for arrangement of proper documents.

Certificate & masters Degree options

Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science (15 credits)

  • The courses required for the Graduate Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science serve as the foundation for the master’s degree. Learn the fundamentals behind clinical and translational science and take part in independent study and research.
  • Credits earned for a certificate can be applied toward a Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science degree.
  • Available on-campus only.

A full listing of courses offered for the Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science can be found in the course catalog.


Master’s Degree

Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science (30 credits)

  • The courses required for the Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science serve as the foundation for the doctorate program. Through this program’s multidisciplinary approach, you’ll learn to identify clinically relevant questions, investigate possible solutions, and answer them.
  • Available on campus only.

A full listing of courses offered for the Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science can be found in the course catalog.

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