Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Certificate of Translational Science Program Overview

The goal of this program is to provide graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and other health care professionals with formal education in the essential components of translational science. That is, the advancement of scientific discoveries made in basic biomedical research towards clinical applications and improvements in human health. This training program will prepare professionals to integrate within interdisciplinary investigative teams for the conduct of clinical and translational research in culturally diverse settings.

The specific aims of the Graduate Certificate in Translational Science Program are to:

  • Support the intellectual environment at UT Health San Antonio for clinical and translational science.
  • Provide fundamental curricular activities in translational science to UT Health San Antonio students, postdoctoral trainees, clinical residents and fellows, and faculty from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Allied Health, and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences as well as from local organizations that are partnered with UT Health San Antonio.

Student Pathways

  • Regular Students: After acceptance as a candidate working towards the certificate, students may undertake course requirements for graduation while enrolled as either a full-time or part-time student.
  • Full-Time students: Full-time students are enrolled in at least eight (8) semester credit hours (SCH) per semester during the Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Part-time Students: Part-time students are enrolled for a minimum of four (4) credit hours per semester during the Fall and Spring semesters.
  • UT Health San Antonio Faculty and Staff as Students in the Graduate Certificate in Translational Science Program: UT Health San Antonio faculty and staff may apply for admission in the Graduate Certificate in Translational Science Program. The amount of course work that can be taken by faculty or staff in a given semester is subject to the ‘quantity of work’ rules outlined in the current UT Health San Antonio Catalog and Handbook of Operating Procedures.
  • Non-Degree Seeking Students in the GSBS: Non-degree seeking students may enroll in courses and receive GSBS course credit without matriculation (admission) into a graduate program. For those not already matriculated into other GSBS graduate programs, an online application must be submitted to the GSBS for approval by the Dean [this would also include UT Health San Antonio faculty, staff, or others]. The appropriate Course Director must approve the enrollment of any non-degree seeking student in their course and sign course cards (provided by the GSBS Dean’s office). Additional details about non-degree seeking students are available online.

Certificate Program Governance 

Oversight for the routine operations and implementation of the Certificate in Translational Science Program will be provided by the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation and Translational Science (MSCI-TS) Program and the corresponding MSCI-TS Committee on Graduate Studies (COGS).