Curriculum Requirements

Core Courses
CTI 605Introduction to Team Science and Entrepreneurship2
CTI 602Writing for Translational and Clinical Science2
CTI 603Research Ethics3
CTI 805Capstone Project / Master's Thesis6
EPH 604Clinical Trials3
EPH 621Fundamentals of Epidemiology3
HGG 630Variation and Disease2
Electives9
Bioinformatics (One of the Following)
Topics in Business Technology
Survival Analysis in Clinical Trials
Research Methods
Bioinformatics Theory and Practice
Biostatistics (One of the Following)
Medical Biostatistics I
Biostatistics II
Survey of Statistical Computing
Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials
Advanced Statistical Methods I
Cultural Diversity and Community Engagement (One of the Following)
Community Based Participatory Research and Social Network Analysis
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Global Health
U.S. Health Systems
Total Credit Hours30

Program Plan for Part-time Professional Students

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
CTI 605 Introduction to Team Science and Entrepreneurship 2
EPH 621 Fundamentals of Epidemiology 3
EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics I 4
 Credit Hours9
Spring
CTI 602 Writing for Translational and Clinical Science 2
HGG 630 Variation and Disease 2
 Credit Hours4
Summer I
EPH 604 Clinical Trials 3
 Credit Hours3
Year Two
Fall
CTI 805 Capstone Project / Master's Thesis 6
EPH 647 Community Based Participatory Research and Social Network Analysis 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
CTI 603 Research Ethics 3
EPH 603 Medical Biostatistics 3
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours31

Program Plan for Full-time Students

This plan is ideal for students who want to complete the program full-time as well as students on F-1 visas.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
CTI 605 Introduction to Team Science and Entrepreneurship 2
EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics I 4
EPH 621 Fundamentals of Epidemiology 3
EPH 617 Disease Prevention and Health Promotion 3
 Credit Hours12
Spring
CTI 602 Writing for Translational and Clinical Science 2
CTI 805 Capstone Project / Master's Thesis 6
HGG 630 Variation and Disease 2
 Credit Hours10
Summer
EPH 604 Clinical Trials 3
 Credit Hours3
Year Two
Fall
CTI 603 Research Ethics 3
EPH 751 Survival Analysis in Clinical Trials 3
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours31

Mission

Drawing upon the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s mission to educate the next generation of medical leaders and to lead life-changing discoveries that transform patient care through innovative research, the Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Investigation (MSCTI) degree program’s mission is to educate the next generation of investigators who demonstrate the core competencies necessary to review, design, and conduct high-quality, multidisciplinary clinical and translational research independently.

Goals

Our educational objective is to provide an instructor-led educational curriculum that introduces students to key areas of clinical and translational research, and to produce graduates who demonstrate core competencies in clinical and translational research. Students will learn how to design independent and collaborative research projects and become well-versed in key aspects of clinical and translational investigation.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • 100 % of students who complete CTI 605 Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research’ should demonstrate the following competencies with at least intermediate proficiency:
    • Summarize evidence from the literature on a translational research problem;
    • Critique clinical and translational research questions using data-based literature searches;
    • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of possible study designs for a given clinical or translational research question; and
    • Describe future implications of published studies on team science and translational science.
  • Students who complete CTI 602 Writing for Clinical and Translational Research’ should demonstrate the following competencies:
    • Write introduction to a translational research manuscript or a grant specific aims page;
    • Understand the grant review process from the perspective of an applicant and a reviewer; and
    • Understand the key components of how to put together an NIH-style grant.
  • The overall goal of the Capstone Project is to provide students with an opportunity for hands-on exposure to clinical/translational research. Students who complete the CTI 805 ‘Capstone Project/Masters Thesis’ of the MSCTI Program will demonstrate the following competencies:
    • Ability to plan a research activity;
    • Ability to prepare, draft, finalize, and submit all sections of a grant application;
    • Knowledge and motivation to carry out the planned research activity;
    • Ability to analyze the results of the research;
    • Ability to complete a written description of the work in the form of a well-written, properly organized thesis;
    • Ability to complete a thesis with potential for presentation at and/or participation in professional meetings and/or publication in scholarly journals; and
    • Ability to identify and work with a mentor on their project.