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Clinical and Translational Science Programs at the Medical College of Wisconsin

At MCW, we understand that research is only half of the equation, and that translating great research to help others is truly the end result. If you dream of contributing to the body of scientific knowledge and transforming research outcomes to care for the sick and improve community health, MCW’s Clinical & Translational Science (CTSI) program was designed for you.

Emphasis Tracks: Translational Science, Population Science, Health Systems Science, and Community Based Science.

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CTSI Programs


Basic & Translational Science

The Basic and Translational Science Program (BTS) is a supplemental degree concentration if you wish to carry out highly translational research that narrows the gap between current and basic science knowledge and clinical practice. Students participate in community and clinical shadowing experiences, interact with physicians and patients, and communicate about their research to diversely trained audiences. Educational opportunities are available in clinical trials, implementation science, community engagement, team science, grant writing, advocacy, and precision medicine. Acceptance into the BTS program occurs in the second year of Graduate School. All participants must first be admitted into a degree-granting program at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

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Clinical & Translational Science (MD/MS)

If you wish to pursue a medical career with a research focus, addressing the need for cutting-edge translational research that leads to improved care, the Clinical & Translational Science dual-degree program at MCW was designed for you. As a student in our CTSI MD/MS program, you will receive a great deal of mentoring from dedicated faculty, to assist you with balancing your coursework with the necessary research components to successfully complete your degree. If you would like to be considered for our MD/MS dual-degree, please apply via the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and select the Combined Medical Degree/Graduate Degree. Concurrent acceptance to MCW’s Medical School is required.

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Clinical & Translational Science (MS)

The Master’s in Clinical and Translational Science (MSCTS) degree is designed to train the next generation of health care professionals, clinical investigators, research scientists, and other individuals working in biomedical industries. The curriculum incorporates the full spectrum of the translational continuum (T0 through T5) and provides training and skills to position candidates to be successful in the growing field of Clinical and Translational Science. Topics covered include foundations of translational research, clinical statistics, epidemiology, ethics and safety, and study designs across the continuum.

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Clinical & Translational Science (Certificate)

The Certificate in Clinical & Translational Science was designed to provide an overview of the field to students from various backgrounds. Certificates can be earned in one of the four program emphasis tracks: Translational Science, Population Science, Health Systems Science, and Community Based Science. Credits completed in the Certificate program can also be transferred to the MS degree within one year of completion.


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