Imagine a graduate education that takes your research from the laboratory to clinics and communities … and back to the lab to build on your findings. The Clinical and Translational Sciences Dual-title PhD Program (CTS) affords you to the opportunity to tailor your graduate education for health-related careers in the laboratory, clinic, community and industry.
CTS gives you the chance to earn a doctorate in two related areas – a major program of study and Clinical/Translational Science – learning perspectives, techniques, and methodologies in areas related to your own while maintaining close association with areas of application.
Offered through participating graduate programs in the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Health and Human Development, Medicine, and Nursing, CTS is unique in the nation. The program features more than 85 approved elective courses and 8 affiliated major programs from 4 Colleges spread across 2 campuses. Our diversity is reflected in our students and in more than 70 CTS faculty, each with a unique interest in clinical and translational science.
Integrating the requirements of your major program with CTS allows you to individualize your doctoral experience by creating new research teams in academia, industry, medicine, government and the community; partnerships that will enable you to build a unique educational foundation and individual career path.
To pursue a dual-title PhD in CTS, you must be accepted by The Graduate School, one of the participating graduate major programs, and CTS. Students complete degree requirements for their major simultaneously with those required for CTS. Upon graduation, you will be awarded a single degree in your major field and CTS.
We encourage you to consider the possibilities that you can create through the CTS program. We welcome any student with intellectual curiosity, a passion for research, and a commitment to human well-being.
Prospective CTS students must first be admitted to a major program. Students must meet all eligibility requirements for your major program and the CTS Program. Please check with your major program for additional requirements.
The CTS Program is affiliated with the following major programs:
- Anatomy (Hershey Campus)
- Biobehavioral Health (University Park Campus)
- Biomedical Sciences (Hershey Campus)
- Food Science (University Park Campus)
- Kinesiology (University Park Campus)
- Nursing (Hershey Campus, University Park Campus)
- Nutritional Sciences (University Park Campus)
- Pathobiology (University Park Campus)