Learn to direct the discovery of scientific knowledge to physicians who will incorporate
those discoveries into practice.
Research needs to move from the lab bench to the patient's bedside for it to be useful
to physicians and patients. The doctorate in Clinical & Translational Science at UND
will equip you to make scientific discoveries that will help physicians to better
treat their patients.
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Why earn a Ph.D. in clinical and translational science?
The Clinical and Translational Science doctoral program exists to prepare students
for lifelong learning and careers in research and teaching. The program provides a
quality academic curriculum that emphasizes education and research in the area of
Clinical and Translational Science to provide a strong foundation in the complex and
interrelated fields of:
Molecular and pathological basis of human disease
Currently, the program also has two subprograms, which incorporates courses from other
clinical departments in the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences, offering students
a broad learning spectrum:
Pathogenesis of Human Disease
Bioinformatics and Human Population Genetics
Clinical and Translational Science at UND
Work directly on your Ph.D. without requiring a M.S.
Work closely with experts in the field.
Conduct original research and produce a dissertation on a topic of interest.
Gain a competitive edge through UND's Accelerate to Industry (A2i)™ program. This workforce readiness program provides immersive job training for graduate
students and postdoctoral researchers. It is one of only 30 programs nationwide.
Enhance your professional skills at 60+ free workshops offered through the UND School of Graduate Studies. Our goal is to provide you with
the workforce skills and job search strategies to succeed.
Study at a Carnegie Doctoral Research Institution ranked #151 by the NSF. Students
are an integral part of UND research.
A Ph.D. in Clinical and Translational Science prepares you for a rewarding career
as a researcher or analyst. Our program prepares you for self-directed, lifelong learning
and careers as independent scientists.
Our graduates have gone on to careers as:
Clinical research scientists
Clinical and Translational Science Courses
BIMD 516. Responsible Conduct of Research. 2 Credits.
A series of lectures and discussion sessions covering topics related to responsible conduct in research. Students will examine a variety of issues including introduction to ethical decision making, the experience of conflict, laboratory practices, data management, reporting of research, conflict of interest, and compliance. Examples and case studies will be drawn primarily from the biomedical sciences. F.
PATH 500. Biochemistry and Cell Biology. 6 Credits.
Knowledge in biochemistry and cell biology form the core concepts that underlay all study and research endeavors in the clinical sciences. Since the basics in these two disciplines are paramount to a successful graduate studies program, the course is designed to emphasize proficiency in basic concepts. The course is highly didactic and makes no assumptions of previous educational experiences of the incoming graduate student. This is deemed essential for a course that forms the stem in a multi-disciplinary graduate program. Thus the course is focused on basic textbook-based foundational knowledge and problem solving skills. The course begins by relating basic general and organic chemistry to biochemical systems, followed by addressing actual biochemical, synthetic and degradation reactions, and expanding this to the macromolecular and cell biological components of the process. Thus the study is first presented with the biochemical and molecular aspects of cellular processes and then uses this to build a more comprehensive picture of how molecular structures come together to forms structures visible by various forms of microscopy. F.
PATH 575. Molecular and Pathological Basis of Human Disease. 4 Credits.
Pathogenesis of Human Disease is an advanced graduate course that is based on lectures and discussions with a strong element of self-study through the use of extensive reading materials as well as lecture videos. This course is intended to cover aspects of the fundamental molecular, cellular and pathological mechanisms underlying various human diseases while the courses offered in the various CTS 590 special topics course will focus on diseases of specific organ systems. By the end of this course the student will have demonstrated a significant knowledge base of the molecular and pathological basis of human disease that is applicable to clinical and translational research. The student will also have sufficient knowledge of pathology to be capable of teaching this material to medical, professional, and graduate students. This course is open to all graduate students in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences as well as graduate students in biological sciences enrolled at the University of North Dakota who meet the prerequisites. Prerequisite: MBIO 509, PATH 500, and ANAT 517. F.
BIMD 510. Basic Biomedical Statistics. 2 Credits.
A series of lectures, demonstrations and exercises to provide students with the basic rationales for the use of statistics in the assessment of biomedical data and a selected set of the most common and useful statistical tests. Prerequisite: BIMD 500 or permission of course director. S.
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