Master of Science in Clinical, Biomedical, and Translational Investigations

The Master of Science in Clinical, Biomedical, and Translational Investigations is a joint effort to train medical students, fellows, or other health professionals, including faculty and other scientists conducting clinical related research, in clinical research methods to translate clinical, biomedical and technological discoveries into advances in population-based, clinical or basic science research. This MS program is specifically tailored for medical students who have completed their second year of medical school, as well as MD’s doing their fellowship at USC, and faculty interested in advancing their research career. Various tracks are proposed, depending on research interest of applicant.

For those trainees who do not wish to pursue a MS degree, we offer a Certificate in Clinical Biomedical, and Translational Investigations.

Objectives

The MS program in Clinical, Biomedical, and Translational Investigations is designed to train students for future independent research careers in an academic, government or private sector setting. The objective of the MS program is to produce a clinical researcher with either an in-depth knowledge in laboratory methodologies or statistical and analytic skills in population-based, clinical studies or outcomes research. The program gives students a solid background in the methodological aspects of translational research, and in statistical thinking as applied to molecular epidemiology, as well as a solid grounding in biostatistical, epidemiology methods, and community based intervention strategies.

Admissions

Applicants must apply to the Graduate School and meet the minimum requirements for admission to the Graduate School. This program is administered by the Curriculum Office of the Keck School of Medicine. Applicants who satisfy all requirements for admission to the Graduate School will be considered. For the MS program in Clinical, Biomedical, and Translational Investigations, MCAT scores may be substituted for the GREs. Applicants not meeting Graduate School requirements for regular standing may, with approval of the Graduate School, be conditionally admitted. Regular standing is contingent upon maintaining a GPA of 3.0 in the first 6-12 units of graduate studies. All graduate students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 throughout their graduate studies.

A pre-application is required prior to completion of the Graduate School On-line Application. The pre-application should be submitted to:

The Office for Curriculum
Keck School of Medicine
1975 Zonal Avenue, KAM 200
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9023

Requirements

Graduation requires the completion of a minimum of 29 units, of which a minimum of 15 units are didactic course credits taken in the first year (including summer sessions), with the remaining units being directed to mentor-supervised research and thesis taken in the second year. The equivalent of one year of full-time effort must be devoted to research leading to a master thesis. The thesis provides a structure for the development of a plan to address a research problem and a suitable approach to the analysis and presentation of the results. Because the background and interests of applicants varies widely, one of the Co-Directors of the MS Program will consult with each student prior to the first year in order to design an individualized schedule of recommended courses. At the end of the first year, the trainee must submit a final program plan to the Program Office. This will summarize the courses taken, the proposed thesis title, and the names and credentials of the MS Thesis Committee. One of the members of the MS Thesis Committee will be the trainee’s research advisor and will serve as the chair of the committee. At least one member of the Thesis Committee must be from outside the student’s department.

For those trainees who do not wish to pursue an MS degree, we offer a Certificate in Clinical, Biomedical, and Translational Investigations. The certificate program requires completion of 12 credits and a minimum of 6 months of practical research experience working on a research project approved by the Co-Directors.

Program Tracks

Clinical Translational Research
Clinical Translational Research 1, 2, and 3
Principles of Biostatistics
Principles of Epidemiology
Design of Clinical Studies
Structure and Management of Clinical Research
Statistical Methods in Human Genetics
Human Molecular Genetics

Community-Based Intervention Trials
Principles of Epidemiology
Program Design and Evaluation
Organizing and Mobilizing Communities for Global Health
Communications in Public Health
Intervention Approaches for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention

Design, Conduct, and Analysis of Clinical Studies
Principles of Biostatistics
Data Analysis I
Design of Clinical Studies
Introduction to Biomedical Informatics
Statistical Methods in Human Genetics

Epidemiology and Disease Etiology
Principles of Biostatistics
Principles of Epidemiology
Research Methods in Epidemiology
Statistical Methods for Epidemiological Studies I
Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology
The Epidemiology of Infectious Disease
Environmental Health

Health Outcomes Research
Data Analysis I
Pharmaceutical Economics
Economic Assessment of Medical Care
Seminar in Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy

Molecular Biology
Biochemistry
Cell Biology
Molecular Genetics
Human Molecular Genetics
Molecular Biology of Cancer
Biochemical and Molecular Basis of Disease
Procaryotic Molecular Genetics

Cell Biology
Biochemistry
Cell Biology
Methods in Experimental Pathology
Molecular Biology of Cancer
Biochemical and Molecular Basis of Disease

Vision Science
Cell Biology
Biochemistry
Intracellular Drug Delivery and Targeting
Exocrine Disease
Systems and Integrative Physiology
Early Visual Processing
Recent Advances in Vision Science
Students will be required to take CNB 590 and CNB 594ab

Environmental Epidemiology
Principles of Biostatistics
Principles of Epidemiology
Statistical Methods for Epidemiological Studies I
Environmental Health
Data Analysis I
Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology
Statistical Methods in Human Genetics
Geographic Information Systems for Environmental & Health Analysis

Alternative Options
Courses are determined by mentor and student, based on research interests, with approval from the Co-Directors of the program.

Contact

Master of Science in Clinical, Biomedical and Translational Investigations
Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California
1975 Zonal Avenue, KAM 200
Los Angeles, CA 90089
(323) 442-2965
msclnbio@usc.edu