Clinical Translational Science

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Doctor of Philosophy

About the Program

A PhD in Clinical Translational Science from Case Western Reserve University will provide you with an exceptional education to develop your career in clinical research, and prepare you for leadership roles in academia, government and private industry. In this rigorous program, you’ll explore the theory and practice of clinical translational science that could lead to significant clinical discoveries that move across the translational continuum. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to learn in multiple clinical settings at four major, diverse hospitals—including Cleveland Clinic, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, MetroHealth Medical Center and University Hospitals.

What to Expect

If you're registered for full-time study, you can complete the program in as few as three years. 

Our curriculum is based on a set of nationally developed core competencies that are purposefully designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and experience you need to become a productive researcher in the field of clinical translational science.

Upon graduation, you’ll be able to independently lead, design, execute, manage and interpret multidisciplinary clinical-translational research in a conceptually, methodologically, ethically and regulatory sound manner. Students leave our program ready to assume leadership roles in both academic and industry settings—and establish national reputations for themselves.

Our educational goal is to provide high-quality, rigorous training for individuals seeking to develop a career in clinical research and who strive for leadership roles in academia, government and private industry.

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Beyond the Classroom

Mentoring is an essential component of our PhD program, critical to both your success in pursuing this degree as well as your overall career development. You’ll be assigned a program advisor, a primary mentor and a co-mentor, all of whom will assist you in designing your planned program of study, and will provide guidance toward degree completion. 

Your mentors could include faculty from any of Case Western Reserve’s schools and departments, including CWRU's Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, as well as individuals from the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center, MetroHealth Medical Center and University Hospitals.

By the Numbers


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Admission Requirements

We are seeking students with demonstrated clinical translational research interest and experience. When reviewing your profile for admission consideration, we require the following:

  • Online application
  • Personal statement
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Resume or CV
  • Official transcripts for
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores (for international students only)
  • If applicable, letter of support from department chairperson
  • If applicable, letter of support from your research mentor acknowledging willingness to serves as a research mentor

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