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Training Programs

ICTS supports various courses and advanced studies leading to degrees in fields related to clinical research and translational science, providing opportunities for students, fellows, scholars, and community partners to hone their skills and gain credentials in specific areas of research and practice.

At UC Irvine, the following programs are available:

K-Club »

The Institute of Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) has coordinated a grant writing series, K-Club, intended for junior faculty preparing to submit applications for the NIH Mentored Career Development Awards. These awards are designed to promote the career development of specific groups of individuals based on their past training and career stage. 

The objective of these programs is to bring candidates to the point where they are able to conduct their research independently and are competitive for major grant support.

This structured,  workshop series is designed to assist junior faculty and fellows who are preparing competitive career development grant applications for February 2017 NIH submission. The program is broken up into 3 grant writing workshop that will prepare applicants to submit a K award.

Intorductory Session: September 23, 2016; 9am-12pm

Workshop 1: Grant Preparation; Specific AIMS October 14; 9am–12pm

Workshop 2: Grant Preparation; Career Development Plans, Significance and Innovation, and Additional Information November 10; 1pm–4pm

Workshop 3: Grant Preparation; Full Draft Preparation December 16; 9am–12pm

For questions please contact Diana Vigil; 949-824-1231 (dvigil1@uci.edu)

Medical Students Scholarly Project (MSP) »

Institute for Clinical and Translational Science & School of Medicine

Medical Scholarly Project in Clinical & Translational Science

 Application: Due November 14, 2016

For questions call Diana Vigil (949)824 -1231 or dvigil1@uci.edu

UCI Medical Scholarly Project (MSP) in Clinical and Translational Science


Year 1-4 Scholarly Project


Goal: To provide UCI medical students the opportunity to develop insight and understanding of translational biomedical research through completion of a mentored scholarly project over the 4 years of medical school.


Medical Scholarly Project Program Essentials:

  • The student designs and successfully completes a hypothesis-driven research Scholarly Project.
  • Students work closely with mentors and the UCI Institute of Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) office throughout the four years of their project. Through this process students learn about medical information literacy, lifelong learning, teamwork, effective communication, research methods, evidence-based medicine approaches and ethics related to scholarly inquiry.



Year 1: Students pair with a faculty mentor with similar interests and goals. The student and mentor submit a project prospectus. Once institutional review board compliance is fulfilled the student begins the research project.

Time commitment: 2-4hrs/wk (Aug-June), 40hrs/wk (Summer between first and second year: June-Aug)


Year 2: The student and mentor meet regularly to carry out the research project. The student provides an oral presentation of their progress to a panel of faculty.

Time Commitment: 2-4hrs/wk (August-December)


Year 3 (the clerkship year): The student and mentor continue to meet regularly, however, the student's time to work on the project may be limited due to clerkship activities.

Time Commitment: 2-4hrs/month


Year 4: The student submits a final poster and thesis summarizing their SP. Each student presents the poster at the annual Student Research Symposium, where selected students also provide oral slide presentations. All these are published in bound hard copies and posted online (link is external) for public access.

Time Commitment: 40hrs/wk for 4wks during dedicated research elective.


MSP Overview

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Acquire research tools and literature search techniques

Continue data collection and collaborative research with mentor

Balance clinical activates and data collection

Finish data analysis

Pair with a mentor and develop research question

Oral presentation of SP project progress to a panel of faculty

Communication with mentor regularly

Prepare final thesis

Complete necessary research compliance steps (IRB, IACUC, etc.)

Collect approximately 50% of expected data

Finish data collection

Prepare final poster

Begin data collection



Research symposium

ICTS update mentor-mentee q6months

ICTS update mentor-mentee q6months

ICTS update mentor-mentee q6months

ICTS update mentor-mentee q6months


Mentor Expectations

  • Have sufficient expertise and resources to support the proposed research experience of the medical student
  • Assist student in planning their project by setting reasonable, attainable goals & establishing a timeline for completion of the project
  • Meet with the student on a regular basis
  • Direct the project of the medical student
  • Attend 6 month meetings with the ICTS to track the students’ progress


The ICTS will provide administrative support to the students throughout the 4 year program. 


Application: Due November 14, 2016

                Email all applications to Diana Vigil dvigil1@uci.edu




UC Irvine‚Äôs Clinical Research Coordinator Certification Preparation Series »

UC Irvine Institute for Clinical and Translational Science is proud to present UC Irvine’s Clinical Research Certification Preparation Series, designed to prepare clinical research professionals for certification by the Society of Clinical Research Administrators.

Topics include:

  • Ethical Principles, Informed Consent, Safety
  • IRB Roles, Responsibilities
  • Clinical Trial Protocol and Amendments
  • Investigator Roles, Responsibilities

Fall 2016 Program

Master of Science in Biomedical and Translational Science (MS-BATS) »

Master of Science in Biomedical and Translational Science (MS-BATS)

Our Master of Science degree in Biomedical and Translational Science (MS-BATS) is an exciting clinical research training program offered by the School of Medicine at UC Irvine. It is a flexible interdisciplinary clinical research program aimed at junior faculty in clinical departments, fellows, residents, fourth-year medical students, physicians and others with a solid basic science foundation who are interested in developing the skills needed to conduct, interpret, evaluate and apply clinical research.  

This degree program is also appropriate for those with doctoral preparation in other academic disciplines who are interested in conducting clinical research. The recent growing interest in evidence-based medicine, comparative effectiveness research and the science of quality assessment and improvement, makes this MS-BATS program particularly timely.

The MS-BATS Program offers a 1-year accelerated program for those with proven clinical research experience.  Applicants interested in the accelerated program must receive prior approval from Dr. Sherrie Kaplan, Program Director.  Send your CV to Thuy Pham at ttp@uci.edu to initiate this process. 

 UCI Medical Students interested in the accelerated program must be able to take the Summer Ethics course in the summer prior to Fall 2016.

Interested graduate students wishing to apply for the Fall 2016 entrance into the program will need to apply by either January 15, 2016 (for those wanting an admission decision prior to April 10th); or apply by March 18, 2016 (for those wanting an admission decision prior to June 1st).

The sections below offer additional information and resources about the MS program in Biomedical and Translational Science:

For questions regarding the MS-BATS degree program, application process and minimum requirements, visit the graduate studies or contact Thuy Pham at ttp@uci.edu or (949) 824-0095.

Master of Public Health »

Master of Public Health

The mission of the UC Irvine Master of Public Health (MPH) is to create public health practitioners who can effectively reduce the burden of disease and disability in culturally diverse communities in Southern California and around the world. The MPH curriculum educates students in the global dimensions of public health principles and prepares them to lead and work collaboratively on the assessment of health risk factors and the management of prevention strategies.

In addition to providing a strong foundation in the core competency subjects recommended by the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), students enrolled in the UC Irvine MPH program will have the opportunity for in-depth pursuit of one out of three emphasis areas:


    It is expected that students will need five academic quarters to fulfill program requirements. Before graduating from the program, every student completes invaluable hands-on training in the field at an approved public health organization dedicated to advancing health and healthcare. Graduates of UC Irvine's MPH program will find employment in both public and private agencies committed to preventing diseases and promoting health in all aspects of society.

    For further information, please contact Stephanie Uiga at phgo@uci.edu or visit the UC Irvine Master of Public Health website.

    • Environmental health focuses on how the health of a community is affected by biological, chemical and physical factors in the environment. Public health practitioners in environmental health evaluate workplaces, homes, and other environments for potential hazardous materials and human risk factors. They conduct studies to assess the part the environment plays in the development of diseases such as asthma, lung disease and cancer.  Topics studied in this emphasis include air/water quality, climate change, food safety, natural disasters, and toxicology.
    • Epidemiology covers the patterns of disease and injury in order to prevent and control health problems in populations. An epidemiologist investigates occurrences of chronic and infectious diseases to determine what causes them, who is at risk, how they spread and how to contain them to protect the public. They also analyze social and demographic data on disease and injury in an effort to develop strategies for disease in specific populations and prevent future incidences of illness. Topics studied in this emphasis include vector control, infectious disease, etiology of cancer and genetic diseases, and the global burden of disease.
    • Sociocultural diversity and health identifies and addresses the effects of social, cultural and behavioral factors on individual and population health. Specialists in this area describe how culture, social inequities and biology influence health and apply their knowledge to create prevention interventions to decrease health-damaging behaviors and increase health-promoting behaviors. They study the interaction between policies and the social and behavioral sciences, and identify ways to address health inequalities and promote health equity.
Certificate in Clinical Research »

Certificate in Clinical Research


The Clinical Research Certificate Program is designed to prepare medical students, academics, physicians, industry and hospital based researchers to conduct, implement and interpret clinical research at the intersection between basic science and clinical medicine. It is designed to bring diverse disciplines together to address the increasing gap between "bench" research and "bedside" application and from bedside application to improved healthcare quality.

Program Benefits

  • Acquire foundational skills and techniques to be able to collaborate successfully with colleagues in basic sciences and other disciplines in the effective conduct of high-quality clinical research and applied to a broad spectrum of clinical issues and settings
  • Develop competency in study design reflecting the breadth and complexity of clinical and translational science applications (i.e., beyond clinical trials)
  • Learn skills that facilitate critical appraisal of multidisciplinary research literature
  • Understand how to conduct and manage clinical research
  • Engage in activities that develop the skills required to lead multidisciplinary research teams
  • Understand the use of medical statistics, data analysis and the use of data repositories
  • Develop skills in communication, problem-solving, educational methods, research and management related to a clinical translational research
  • Students are linked with mentors from more than one discipline appropriate to the students’ research interest

Who Should Attend

The Clinical Research Certificate is ideal for practicing physicians, junior faculty in clinical departments, residents, academics, industry, hospital-based researchers, fellows, fourth-year medical students and others who are interested in the conduct, interpretation and implementation of clinical research that translates biomedical discoveries into clinical practice, improves the delivery of high-quality care and informs healthcare policies.

UC Irvine students, staff and faculty receive a 50 percent discount on all courses. Please call 949.824.2469 for more details.

The certificate is awarded upon completion of four required courses, 16 units (160 hours): Introduction to Clinical Statistics, Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology and Medical Decision Making, Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials, Research Ethics and Practice with a grade point average of “B” or better. Students may enter the program at any time.

Advisory Committee

  • Ralph V. Clayman, MD, Dean, School of Medicine; Professor, Department of Urology, UC Irvine School of Medicine
  • J. Paul Curry, MD, Past Chief of Staff, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian; Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, UCLA
  • Alan Goldin, MD, PhD, Professor, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, UC Irvine School of Medicine
  • Sheldon Greenfield, MD, Donald Bren Professor of Medicine, Executive Director, Health Policy Research Institute, UC Irvine School of Medicine
  • Zeev Kain, MD, Associate Dean for Clinical Research Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care, UC Irvine School of Medicine
  • Sherrie H. Kaplan, PhD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Healthcare, Evaluation and Measurement, Co-Director, Health Policy Research Institute, UC Irvine School of Medicine
  • Marc Klau, MD, Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, Kaiser Permanente, OC Medical Center
  • Frank Meyskens, MD, Professor of Medicine, Biological Chemistry and Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Director, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center UC Irvine
  • Eugene Spiritus, MD, Chief Medical Officer, UC Irvine Medical Center
  • Scott Whitcup, MD, Executive Vice President, Head R & D & Chief Scientific Officer, Allergan
Foundations of Clinical and Translational Science (PH-293) »

Foundations of Clinical and Translational Science (PH-293)

This course is offered every fall quarter to introduce the rationale and imperative for clinical and translational science and the various approaches being developed to speed up discoveries and their transformation into healthcare practices. The course will compare and contrast current impediments to research with the potential and transformative power of translational science. It includes presentations about Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program functions to identify gaps in the current healthcare systems, and the emerging role of effective translational research and training in bridging the gaps. 

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, students and trainees will be able to accomplish the following:

  • Explain the limitations of current approaches
  • Explain the clinical translational science framework
  • Identify the specific roles of the various units embedded in the clinical translational science framework


The course uses a seminar approach with the expectation of strong student participation in discussion. An article will be assigned by instructors prior to presentation and discussion each week. Web-enhanced and video-conferencing presentations will be used where appropriate to bring additional perspectives from presenters at other CTS groups across the country.