Joint Degree Programs


MD/MS in Clinical and Translational Science
DMD/MS in Clinical and Translational Science
PharmD/MS in Clinical and Translational Science


MD/MS in Clinical and Translational Science (MD/MS CTS)

If you are interested in conducting research and transferring clinical skills from "bench to the bedside," "study to practice," and "practice to policy," then you should consider UIC's MD/MS CTS Joint Degree Program.

As the largest medical school in the country with over 2,600 culturally and economically diverse medical students and trainees, the University of Illinois College of Medicine provides superb scientific and clinical training. Combining this strength with the only fully accredited School of Public Health in Illinois, UIC offers a unique opportunity to its medical students to earn the Medical Doctor and Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science (MS CTS) joint degree.

Graduates of the MS in Clinical and Translational Science have the skills to direct a broad range of clinical studies, including the translation of scientific knowledge into clinical practice, and are able to interact effectively with all of the complementary disciplines with which clinical investigators need to collaborate. The MD/MS CTS Joint Degree Program is designed to prepare medical school graduates with the skills required to combine their clinical knowledge with the knowledge and skills needed to conduct research to prepare them for careers as clinical researchers. These research skills enable them to conduct clinical research as residents.

Through didactic coursework, a series of workshops and seminars, and a mentored research project, the MD/MS in Clinical and Translational Science helps build a new generation of skilled clinician-investigators focused on improving patient health outcomes through research. Graduates of the MD/MS CTS Joint Degree Program are ready to enter and capitalize on residency, and then fellowship, programs that provide research opportunities combined with clinical training.

The joint degree program allows students to complete both degrees in 5 years. Students interested in pursuing the joint MD/MS CTS degree are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, and no later than March 15 of their M1 Year. Students would typically complete three years of medical school and then take a leave of absence during Year 4 to complete the MS CTS curriculum. After Year 4, students return to complete their final year of medical school while also completing the mentored research and thesis requirement for the MS degree. All incoming medical students are eligible to participate, because coursework is done during a "year out" between the M3 and M4 years (and some courses may also be taken online). UIC School of Public Health tuition and fees will apply for the MS CTS portion of the program.

Medical students interested in the MD/MS CTS Joint Degree Program may request additional information through the School of Public Health.

Program Contacts:

Jack Zwanziger, PhD
UIC School of Public Health
jzwanzig@uic.edu

Jorge Girotti, PhD
UIC College of Medicine
jorgeg@uic.edu


DMD/MS in Clinical and Translational Science (DMD/MS CTS)

If you are interested in conducting research and transferring clinical skills from "bench to the bedside," "study to practice," and "practice to policy," then you should consider UIC's DMD/MS CTS Joint Degree Program.

Through a partnership between the University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Dentistry and the School of Public Health, the only fully accredited school of public health in Illinois, UIC offers a unique opportunity to its students to earn the joint degree of Doctor of Dental Medicine and Master of Science in Clinical Translational Sciences (MS CTS). Graduates of the joint degree program have the skills to direct a broad range of clinical studies, including the translation of scientific knowledge into clinical practice, and are able to interact effectively with all of the complementary disciplines with which clinical investigators need to collaborate. Graduates are eligible for further training in specialty programs and will be able to advance successfully to tenure-track positions in dental schools that require research for promotion.

The joint degree program allows students to complete both degrees in 5 years. Students interested in pursuing the joint DMD/MS CTS degree are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, and no later than May 1 of their D1 Year. Students typically complete the first year of dental school then take a leave of absence during Year 2 to complete the MS CTS coursework and begin the mentored research project. After Year 2, students return to complete their remaining years of dental school while also completing the mentored research and thesis requirement for the MS degree.

Through didactic coursework, a series of workshops and seminars, and a mentored research project, the joint DMD/MS CTS helps build a new generation of dental faculty and clinical investigators focused on teaching evidence-based dentistry and improving patient health through research. Graduates of the DMD/MS CTS program are ready to enter and capitalize on specialty programs that provide research opportunities combined with clinical training.

Dental students interested in the DMD/MS CTS Joint Degree program may request additional information through the Director of Graduate Studies at the College of Dentistry or the School of Public Health.

Program Contacts:

Jack Zwanziger, PhD
UIC School of Public Health
jzwanzig@uic.edu

Luisa A. DiPietro, DDS, PhD
College of Dentistry
ldipiet@uic.edu


PharmD/MS in Clinical and Translational Science (PharmD/MS CTS)

If you are interested in conducting research and transferring clinical skills from "bench to the bedside," "study to practice," and "practice to policy," then you should consider UIC's PharmD/MS CTS Joint Degree Program.

Through a unique partnership between the University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Pharmacy and the School of Public Health, the only fully accredited school of public health in Illinois, UIC offers a unique opportunity to its students to earn the Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science (MS CTS) joint degree. Graduates of the MS in Clinical and Translational Science have the skills to direct a broad range of clinical studies, including the translation of scientific knowledge into clinical practice, and are able to interact effectively with all of the complementary disciplines with which clinical investigators need to collaborate.

The joint degree program allows students to complete both degrees in 5 years. Students interested in pursuing the joint PharmD/MS CTS degree are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, and no later than the spring of their P1 Year. Students would typically complete the Years 1 and 2 of pharmacy school and then take a leave of absence during Year 3 to complete the MS CTS curriculum. After Year 3 students would return to complete their remaining years of pharmacy school while also completing the mentored research and thesis requirement for the MS degree. Students from both Chicago and Rockford are eligible to participate, because coursework is done during a "year out" between the P2 and P3 years (and some courses may also be taken online). UIC School of Public Health tuition and fees will apply for the MS CTS portion of the program.

Through didactic coursework, a series of workshops and seminars, and a mentored research project, the PharmD/MS CTS helps build a new generation of pharmacy faculty and clinical investigators focused on teaching evidence-based pharmacy and improving patient health through research. Graduates of the PharmD/MS CTS Joint Degree Program are ready to enter and capitalize on residency, and then fellowship, programs that provide research opportunities combined with clinical training.

Students interested in the PharmD/MS CTS Joint Degree Program may request additional information through the College of Pharmacy Office of Student Affairs or School of Public Health.

Program Contacts:

Jack Zwanziger, PhD
UIC School of Public Health
jzwanzig@uic.edu

Thomas TenHoeve III, PhD
UIC College of Pharmacy
tenhoeve@uic.edu