Clinical & Translational Science

Translating research to improve clinical care

Apply to CTS

Translating research to improve clinical care

Apply to CTS

CTS Program Guide

The Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Program is designed for trainees who seek to affect the translation of research into improved clinical care and public health. The CTS Program offers a PhD Program, a Master's Program, and an in-person certificate option. In addition, there is an online Introduction to Health Economics and Outcomes Research. This menu of training options allows individuals with varying educational goals to develop their clinical research skills.

The PhD, MS, and classroom-based certificate program are intended for individuals trained in the medical sciences, most commonly fully-trained physicians. Others with similar backgrounds (e.g., DDS, DVM or PharmD), advanced biomedical or clinical degrees, or substantial biomedical or clinical research experience may also be considered.

CTS Faculty

Our faculty are drawn from the departments of Medicine, Occupational Therapy,  Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Public Health and Community Medicine, Immunology as well as the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. They are committed to teaching and clinical and translational research.

Most faculty are participants in the work and activities of the Tufts Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI). Our students are also encouraged to participate in CTSI activities.



Students seeking admission to the Clinical & Translational Science (CTS) Graduate Program apply to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences using the online application system.

Applicants are often affiliated with and supported by one of the fellowship programs at Tufts Medical Center.

Applicants to the CTS Certificate in Clinical & Translational Science have a strong interest in the topic but are unable to devote two years of full-time study to obtain the MS degree.

Applicants to the online Certificate in Health Economics and Outcomes Research typically include professionals in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, clinicians and other health care professionals who seek an introduction to this topic.

CTS Admissions
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Curriculum & Programs

The CTS Program offers three different training options, a PhD program and an MS program as well as both an in person and an online Certificate Program.

Typically, individuals enter the PhD Program after completing didactic courses and a qualifying exam in the MS program.

The MS and PhD Programs offer concentrations in Clinical Discovery and Investigation, Clinical Effectiveness Research, and Practice to Policy Research.

The classroom-based Certificate focuses on Clinical & Translational Science. The online Certificate focuses on Health Economics and Outcomes Research.


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Learn more about the CTS program by exploring our Frequently Asked Questions Page


Meet Our Students

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Most of our students come to our programs after completing an advanced clinical degree.

CTS Students

Student Publications

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Publishing research findings is an important part of our training.

Student Publications

Contact Information

Angie Rodday, PhD 
Associate Program Director

Elizabeth Leary
Senior Program Manager