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GIS in Biomedical Clinical and Translational Science

Specialization in Biomedical Clinical and Translational Science for graduate students

The goal of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Biomedical Clinical and Translational Science (GISBCTS) is to prepare graduate and professional students to be actively engaged in the field of clinical and translational science through academic training and research. The core course in the program 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.

Students are exposed to a broad range of settings and must successfully complete at least 10 semester credit hours of coursework from the Master List of Courses in order for the Specialization to be noted on their transcript.

The GISBCTS is a program that the Colleges of Medicine, Optometry, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Veterinary Medicine, and the Department of Psychology, and the Biophysics Graduate Program at OSU developed to provide students advanced educational and training opportunities organized around the Core Competencies for clinical and translational science as defined by the National Center for Advancing Translational Science and the Clinical and Translational Science Awards consortium.

As a result of participation in the program, it is expected that students will:

  • develop skills in designing clinical and translational research studies;
  • apply statistical procedures to clinical and translational research problems;
  • develop skills for the communication of the scientific concepts and research questions in one’s own discipline to experts in other disciplines and to the public at large;
  • understand how to involve the community in clinical and translational research; and
  • build interdisciplinary/intradisciplinary/multidisciplinary teams to study clinical and translational research issues.

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 10 semester credit hours minimum (and no more than 20 hours)
  • At least 9 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

Application Form

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

The GISBCTS Graduate Studies Committee

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:

  • Lawrence Kirschner, MD, PhD, College of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Chair
  • Jane Case-Smith, EdD, School of Health and Rehabilitation Services, College of Medicine
  • Jeffrey Parvin, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Graduate Education, College of Medicine
  • Karla Zadnik, OD, PhD, Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies, College of Optometry
  • Cynthia Carnes, PharmD, PhD, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, College of Pharmacy
  • John Sheridan, PhD, Associate Dean for Research, College of Dentistry
  • Ceilia Wills, PhD, RN, College of Nursing
  • Matthew J. Allen, Vet MB, PhD, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Michael S. Bisesi, PhD, College of Public Health


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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