Recognizing fundamental changes in biomedical science taking place worldwide, the West Virginia University School of Medicine, in conjunction with the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute (WVCTSI), has established a new doctoral program in clinical and translational science.

In addition to a set of required, interdisciplinary courses, the new doctor of philosophy degree in clinical and translational science will consist of courses guided by a highly flexible framework tailored to each student's interest and background. Students will also conduct research in basic, population and clinical sciences. The degree will require 99 credit hours to complete.

“This is an excellent opportunity for individuals seeking customized training to conduct clinically relevant research,” said WVCTSI Director Sally Hodder, M.D. “It is important that we remain nimble in the ever-changing healthcare delivery landscape, and this program allows us to better prepare tomorrow’s biomedical research leaders.”

While the program is suitable for those students with an undergraduate degree or students who have already completed graduate-level work, medical students and practicing clinicians are also encouraged to apply.

“We must be willing to adapt our approaches and training to meet the demands of the communities our students will one day serve," said Lisa Salati, Ph.D., director of graduate recruiting and program development at the School of Medicine. "The interdisciplinary nature of the new doctoral program in clinical and translational science does just that.”

A limited number of spaces remain for fall 2015. However, interested students are encouraged to review the admission requirements for future enrollment.

Those with questions about the new degree should contact program director Jefferson C. Frisbee at jefrisbee@hsc.wvu.edu or 304-293-6527.

The WVU Board of Governors approved the degree on May 1.