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GIS in Biomedical Clinical and Translational Science

Specialization in Biomedical Clinical and Translational Science for graduate students

The Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Biomedical Clinical and Translational Science (GISBCTS) is a program that the Colleges of Medicine, Optometry, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Veterinary Medicine, the School of Allied Medical Professions, the Department of Psychology, and the Biophysics Graduate Program at OSU developed to provide training for graduate and professional students.

The goal of GISBCTS is to prepare students to be actively engaged in the field of clinical and translational science through academic training and research, offering students advanced educational and training opportunities in the Core Competencies focused on clinical and translational science with formal recognition of such study on the student's transcript.

The GISBCTS program allows graduate and professional students an opportunity to gain specific expertise in both clinical and translational research through both required and elective coursework

The specialization's core course focuses on the basic components of clinical and translational science, while the electives allow students to pursue topics across the other health sciences colleges for an interdisciplinary experience.

Application deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

It is expected that all students who meet the criteria and follow the application guidelines will be accepted into the GISBCTS. There will not be a cap to the number of students admitted to the program.


  • Students must take at least one course from each of the Core Competency Clusters.
  • Units needed to complete the GISBCTS require at least 5 courses and 12 semester credit hours minimum.
  • At least 10 credit hours of coursework must come from outside the student's home college/program
  • Credit hours can include work already required as part of the student's degree program.

The GISBCTS Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) is composed of Graduate Studies Chairs, faculty representatives, and student representatives from the Colleges/Departments participating in the GISBCTS. This committee currently has the following membership:

  • Philip Binkley, MD, MPH, CCTS, Colleges of Medicine and Public Health, Chair
  • Karla Zadnik, DO, PhD, College of Optometry, Co-chair
  • Jane Case Smith, EdD, School of Allied Medical Professionals
  • Virginia Sanders, PhD, College of Medicine
  • Amy Ferketich, PhD, College of Public Health
  • Linda Bernhard, PhD, College of Nursing
  • Cynthia Carnes, PharmD, PhD, College of Pharmacy
  • John Sheridan, PhD, College of Dentistry

Application Form (PDF)

For more information contact Stuart Hobbs, the CCTS Research Education, Training, and Career Development Program Manager.

Eligibility Criteria How to Apply
  • Graduate or Professional student currently enrolled at OSU.
  • Must be in good academic standing.
  • Students must apply to enroll in the GISBCTS through the Research Education, Training, and Career Development Program in the Center for Clinical and Translational Science.
  • Complete the application form and have it signed by the faculty advisor.
  • Obtain a letter of support from the faculty advisor.
  • Submit a personal statement that indicates why he/she is interested in the Specialization, and how the Specialization will contribute to their future academic and/or career goals.
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