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Clinical and Translational Research (Certificate NDP)  
Program Description

The University of Arizona's Clinical & Translational Research (ACTR) graduate certificate program prepares interprofessional scientists for the complexities of clinical & translational research through high-quality didactic instruction, and mentored collaborative research experiences.

The mission of the ACTR is to educate interprofessional scholars in collaborative methods and techniques for clinical and translational research, and to provide them with the tools necessary to become independent clinical researchers who will contribute to the advancement of biomedical science and the improvement of healthcare.

Clinical and translational research is fundamental for prevention, treatment, diagnosis and relief of symptoms of disease in human populations. Worldwide, there is an increasing need for highly qualified clinical researchers. The ACTR graduate certificate program has a strong track record for training interprofessional translational clinical researchers.

“I completed the program in 2004. This program changed my career for the better in all domains. First, it gave me the fundamental skill sets to become an independent investigator and start meaningful research efforts. I can’t imagine an academic physician being able to progress through a career without these skills! Second, it provided the knowledge needed to become an effective learner and teacher of medicine based on current medical literature. Evidence based medicine is not easy – it requires a solid understanding of biostatistical and epidemiology concepts. Most importantly, the program introduced me to an enormous number of collaborators and mentors that I’ve continued to work with. Priceless!”  – Sam M. Keim, MD, MS

This innovative training program integrates the knowledge and expertise of faculty and staff within the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Arizona Health Sciences Center, and other University of Arizona departments. The interprofessional approach provides opportunities for program scholars to acquire fundamental clinical & translational research skills in a supportive environment.

This graduate certificate program can be successfully completed through taking courses in person or online or in a hybrid fashion of online and in person course work. The complete online training program and the hybrid training program have been specially designed to increase the accessibility of ACTR to busy health professionals and distant learners. ACTR scholars may complete this program in one year (in-person) or two years (online).

Department/Academic Unit(s)

College of Public Health -

Arizona's first and only accredited college of public health, the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is uniquely situated in the culturally rich and diverse Southwest. Distinguished for our outstanding community-based research and for our focus on eliminating health disparities among populations of the Southwest and globally, the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health offers tremendous opportunities to its students for education, research and community involvement.

The College of Public Health's interdisciplinary activities are enhanced by being part of the Arizona Health Sciences Center with campuses in Tucson and Phoenix. The College consistently ranks among the top five in American Indian and Hispanic graduates and students enrolled among accredited schools of public health, according to recent data from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. In addition, the University of Arizona is one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities, a prestigious organization that recognizes universities that have developed exceptionally strong overall research and academic programs.

College of Public Health  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Michael J Tearne
Graduate Program Coordinator
Michael J Tearne
Director of Graduate Studies
Zhao Chen
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
Tuition and Fees
Please refer to the UA Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees Calculator for up-to-date information about tuition and fees. 
Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Application Materials

Applicants are required to submit the following application materials through the University of Arizona’s Graduate College:

  • Official academic records from undergraduate and graduate institutions (3.0 GPA required)
  • One letter of support from a supervisor or department head
  • Resume or CV
  • One page personal statement of experiences and goals
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores for international scholars

Admission to the ACTR is competitive. All complete applications will be reviewed by the admission committee, which includes the chair and co-chairs of the ACTR. The decision of this committee is final. 

Several criteria are used to evaluate each applicant, including:

  • appropriateness of clinical & translational research interest
  • commitment to a career in clinical & translational research
  • appropriate support to participate fully in the program (especially release time and financial support)
  • quality of written expression
  • quality of professional and academic records
Standardized Tests

International applicants are required by the UA Graduate College to submit a TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 79 on the iBT (web-based) test. For students who take the IELTS examination, an overall score of 7 is required, with a score of no less than 6 on any individual band or module.  TOEFL and IELTS test scores must be dated within two years of the year of enrollment. 

Financial Aid

The cost for this certificate includes tuition and fees for a total of 13 credit units, a research ethics workshop, and research experience mentoring. The graduate tuition rates are outlined by the UA Bursar's Office (dependent on state of residence) and there is a $250/unit certificate fee. Prospective scholars who wish to use the Qualified Tuition Reduction (QTR) benefit associated with employment in the three Arizona state universities should contact the Certificate Programs Coordinator for additional information. 

Admissions Deadlines

Application Deadline

  • Fall start: May 15
  • Spring start: September 15

Applications received after the deadline may be considered on a space-available basis. Please be in touch with the Certificate Programs Coordinator for more information.

International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

ACTR scholars must successfully complete 13 graduate level credit units coursework and one workshop on research ethics to receive the ACTR certificate of completion. The coursework includes one biostatistics course (BIOS 576a), one epidemiology course (EPID 573a), a one unit seminar (EPID 696T), 3 units of selective and 3 units of elective.


Certificate Courses (see course descriptions below)
EPID 573A Basic Principles of Epidemiology (3)
BIOS 576A Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
EPID 696T Clinical & Translational Research Seminar (1)
One selective course (3):

  • BIOS 576B Biostatistics for Research (3 units)
  • BIOS 576D Data Management & SAS Programming (3 units)
  • PHPM 587 Analysis Methods: Health Policy Decision Makers (3 units)
  • EPID 678 Principles of Public Health & Health Informatics (3 units)

Three units graduate electives:

  • BIOS 503 Intro to Statistical Analysis using STATA (1 unit)
  • BIOS 504 Intro to Statistical Analysis using SAS (1 unit)
  • EPID 573B Epidemiologic Methods (3 units)
  • EPID 573C Advanced Epidemiology (3 units)
  • BIOS 675 Clinical Trials and Interventions Trials (3 units)
  • EPID Epidemiology Seminar (1 unit)
  • PHPM 696J Health Policy and Management Seminar (1 unit)
  • BIOS 696S Biostatistics Seminar (1 unit)

All coursework is offered through the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and upon completion of the program may be transferred towards a MPH, MS, or PhD degree within the College.

Elective courses not on the above list must be approved by the Chair of the ACTR. Other possible elective courses can be found using the following link:

Time Commitment

The ACTR graduate certificate was developed to meet the needs of busy health professionals, and all courses can be completed through online or in-person classroom settings. In addition, the graduate certificate is tailored to met the individual needs of the ACTR scholars, allowing the 13 required credits to be completed in one year (in-person) to two years (online).

Course Descriptions

Core Courses:

Biostatistics in Public Health (BIOS 576A), 3 credits 
This course introduces biostatistical methods and applications, and will cover descriptive statistics, probability theory, and a wide variety of inferential statistical techniques that can be used to make practical conclusions about empirical data. Students will also be learning to use a statistical software package (STATA). Prerequisite: one year of college-level mathematics.

Basic Principles of Epidemiology (EPID 573A), 3 credits 
This is an introduction course on basic concepts, principles and methods of epidemiology and how these concepts and methods are applicable in epidemiologic and clinical and translational research. No prerequisite.

Minor Requirements
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
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