Core Course Requirements: 7 courses (18 credit hours)





CTS 5143 Foundations of Clinical Research (3 credit hours)
CTS 5133 Foundations of Translational Research (3 credit hours)
BSE 5013 Application of Microcomputers to Data Analysis (SAS) (3 credit hours)

Note: Students who plan to take a second biostatistics course as an elective should take BSE 5013 Application of Microcomputers to Data Analysis (SAS). Students who will not take a second biostatistics course may take BSE 5023 Computer Applications in Public Health

BSE 5113 Principles of Epidemiology (3 credit hours)
BSE 5163 Biostatistics Methods I (3 credit hours)
CTS 5221 Practicum in Cross-cultural Research (1 credit hour)
CTS 5112 Grants Management (2 credit hours)


Electives: 2 courses (6 credit hours)



• Any Graduate College approved course offered in the OU system approved by the academic advisor may be taken as an elective.

• Students are strongly encouraged to take a second biostatistics course that covers the analysis of multiple factors through regression or analysis of variance (or related non-parametric) methodology:



BSE 5643 Regression Analysis
BSE 5653 Non-Parametric Methods
BSE 5663 Analysis of Frequency Data
BSE 6663 Analysis of Multivariate Data
BSE 6643 Survival Data Analysis


• Additional suggested elective courses are:


PATH 6053 Mechanisms of Disease
PATH 6024 Principles of Pathobiology
BSE 5193 Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods
HPS 6933 Qualitative Research in Public Health
NURS 6213 Qualitative Methods in Research
OU COMM G5313 Qualitative Research Methods
OCTH 7422 Information Management I
HAP 5873 Health Information Systems
MI 6401 Bioinformatics – Applications
RADI 5403 Intro to Clinical Biomedical Informatics for the Quantitative Scientists
RADI 5413 Intro to Clinical Biomedical Informatics for Biological Scientists
PHSC 6002 Pharmacogenomics: The Foundation of Personalized Medicine
PATH 6043 – Care and Use of Research Animals


Research Hours: CTS 5980 Research for Master’s Thesis (9 credit hours)

Total Degree Hours: 33 credit hours


Course Descriptions

Workshops and online short courses related to the following areas are available.



Oral and Written Communication: OUHSC Graduate Research Education and Technology Symposium: Scientific Writing (1 hour), Oral Presentation Skills (1 hour), Poster Presentation Skills (1 hour)

Human Research Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research:



CITI Online Training: Human Subjects Research
On-line IACUC Training (not applicable to all students)
OUHSC IRB In-house Workshop
CITI Online Training: Responsible Conduct of Research
for Biomedical Sciences (a component of the
Topics in Research Management course)


Professionalism and Career Development:


o OUHSC Faculty Development and Interdisciplinary Programs Workshops


  • Aligning Career Goals
  • Academic Advancement




Research Prospectus
Students are required to write a research prospectus in a research grant proposal format, which will provide an opportunity for students to apply program competencies to their field of interest and will serve as a guide for their thesis research project. Students will receive guidance and feedback from their research committee on effective grant writing and written communication. The research prospectus should be completed by the end of the first summer semester, for students following a 2-year plan of study, and must be approved by their thesis committee. A summary of the research prospectus will be orally defended by the student.

Mentored Research Project
Students are required to write a thesis on an area of original clinical or translational research under the supervision of a designated faculty mentor and thesis committee. This project will involve 9 credit hours of mentored research. The goal of the project is to generate preliminary data needed for the K23 or K08 grant proposal prepared through the writing and defending of a Masters Thesis. The student will choose a research topic, which will be approved by the student’s graduate committee. The research project will involve literature review, development of an original hypothesis and specific aims to test the hypothesis of interest, research design, data collection and analysis, and written and oral summaries of the research findings. Though program completion is not contingent on the submission of research findings to a professional organization or academic journal, this will be encouraged, as peer-reviewed publication is a critical element in academic success.

Example Plans of Study

2-year plan

3-year plan


Graduate Research Committee
Each student will have a Graduate Committee consisting of at least four Graduate Faculty members. Three of the faculty members on each committee will be Graduate Faculty members in the Clinical and Translational Science program. The remaining member of the graduate committee will be chosen by the student with concurrence by those faculty members and the approval of the Program Director and should have expertise in the student’s chosen area of specialty. The Chair of the Graduate Committee must be a Graduate Faculty member of the Clinical and Translational Science program and will be the primary mentor for the research project. The Chair must be identified prior to program admission. The remaining three members of the graduate committee must be identified by the end of the second semester. At least two of the members must have had prior experience serving on or chairing a graduate MS thesis or PhD dissertation committee and at least two of the members must be from departments other than the home department of the Chair. Students are strongly encouraged to include a faculty member with expertise in research design methods, either quantitative methods such as biostatistics or epidemiology, or qualitative research methods, as appropriate for the proposed thesis research project. Core Clinical and Translational Science program faculty can be found at
   Faculty not currently on the list may apply for a Graudate Faculty Appointment in the Clinical and Translational Science degree program (



Consistent with Graduate College policy, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Any student who falls below this standard will be placed on academic probation and counseled by his or her committee chairperson and the Program Director. The student will also be referred to the Advisory Committee to determine what additional assistance can and should be offered to the student. Remediative coursework and/or special instruction may be offered to assist the student in achieving the required academic standard required by the program and the Graduate College. Students with a cumulative GPA less then 3.0 for 2 consecutive semesters will be discontinued from the program.

Graduation Standards
Students must complete at least 24 hours of didactic coursework, 9 hours of Masters Thesis Research, and defend their thesis research. All students must meet the standards of the OUHSC Graduate College to graduate as defined in the Graduate College Bulletin.