Certificate Programs

Clinical Translational Research

The Graduate Certificate Program in Clinical Translational Research combines a unique curriculum in conducting research across the clinical translational spectrum including pre-clinical, clinical, dissemination and implementation, and population-based research. Additionally, it focuses on producing high-quality rigorous, and reproducible research that includes writing protocols, data analysis plans, papers, and grants. Importantly we cover frameworks on moving published papers to improve the health of populations with a specific focus on diverse populations.

Global Medicine

The Graduate Certificate in Global Medicine is designed for those who have already earned a master’s degree in a related field (e.g., MA, MPH, MHA). The certificate program in global medicine is for students who do not wish to pursue an MS degree in Global Medicine but hope to pursue or expand careers in global health care. Students will study current topics in global health and health care, and will have a strong grounding in cultural competence, specific diseases, and creating and implementing health interventions in developing countries.

Pain Medicine Program

The online Certificate in Pain Medicine is a program specifically designed for the practicing professional who wants to improve skills and gain expertise to deliver the best care for patients with complex pain conditions. The curriculum is designed with a series of didactic courses in which students will gain knowledge about the diagnosis, pathobiology and management of pain conditions. The goal of this one-year certificate program is to give practicing health care providers didactic, and evidence-based education in the field of Pain Medicine.   

The online Certificate in Pain Science is designed to provide the non-clinicians and pre-professionals (pre-med, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy, pre-nursing, etc.) didactic and evidence-based education in the field of pain medicine.

Department of Translational Genomics

Two certificate programs are offered through the Department of Translational Genomics. The Graduate Certificate in Translational Biotechnology and Graduate Certificate in Translation and Entrepreneurship in Biomedical Sciences is ideal for students who wish to expand career options in the biotechnology or biomedical sciences industry, but do not wish to pursue a full graduate degree.

The Graduate Certificate in Translational Biotechnology program combines a unique curriculum and distinctive practical training that exposes students to biotechnology and its applications in translating genomic and molecular insights into developing novel therapies and precision medicine. Drawing strength from the Keck School of Medicine faculty’s education, research, and practice expertise, this program educates students on approaches used in the academic research, biotechnology and medical sciences industries.

The Graduate Certificate in Translation and Entrepreneurship in Biomedical Sciences (TEBS) program combines a unique curriculum and distinctive practical training to enable students who already have advanced biosciences training to gain familiarity with drug and device development from the initial discovery process, e.g., translation; the regulatory framework; the processes involved in management of private and public capital to develop growing markets, and the economics, business, and law terminologies important in navigation of the commercialization process.

Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

The certificate program in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Certificate

 is designed for current students in the Master of Science in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine program at USC, who have completed the requirements for the MS degree and wish to complete a second year of study including an independent research project. Graduates from other programs and other institutions both inside and outside the U.S., who desire advanced training in this field may also be considered for admission. A smaller number of students may come from nontraditional backgrounds (business, legal, etc.) and seek specific training in this discipline to advance specific career paths in which they are already employed. All students are expected to already have completed undergraduate courses in cell and molecular biology. 

Stem cell biology is one of the newest and most powerful approaches in biomedical science; it offers the opportunity to experimentally approach previously intractable biological questions, create models of human disease and develop cell-based therapeutics. This one-year program will give students a solid understanding of the scientific and clinical underpinnings of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.

Students completing this program will be well positioned to proceed to medical or PhD programs, find laboratory or administrative employment in the growing stem cell pharmaceutical domain, or engage in public policy or regulatory administration of academic, clinical or business efforts in this expanding discipline.