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Clinical Science Graduate Program

“Preparing and training nationally competitive clinician/clinical translational scientists.”

The overall goal of the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Graduate Program in Clinical Science (CLSC) is to train nationally competitive clinician/clinical translational scientists by providing a formal, structured, and rigorous educational program in the clinical and translational sciences. The Clinical Science Graduate Program was designed in response to the demand for well-qualified clinical researchers in academia and industry. The critical need for individuals capable of conducting rigorous, credible and relevant patient-based research within stringent ethical and regulatory guidelines, and translating the evidence for community application, is expected to continue to grow.

For doctoral students, there is a selected emphasis of study in one of the following three areas: Clinical Investigation (CI), Health Information Technology (HIT), or Health Services Research (HSR). These three areas of clinical science represent general directions of study for translational research activities in the evolving health care environment. In our program, training occurs across many disciplines to achieve proficiency in the areas of clinical science, clinical investigation and translation, and includes biostatistics, clinical epidemiology, clinical studies design, ethics, and grant writing. An important compliment to the rigorous training in the CLSC program is the formal mentoring with interdisciplinary faculty working in the clinical sciences. Graduates of our program are highly qualified and well-trained clinician/clinical scientists who will be nationally competitive for grant funding and career advancement in the health sciences.


The mission of the Clinical Science Program is to prepare and train nationally competitive clinician/clinical translational scientists.


To provide a comprehensive knowledge of translational research methods and techniques in clinical science in order to train and further prepare clinician scientists.

Core Competencies

To prepare students to perform state of the art translational research, graduates of the Clinical Science Graduate program will:

  • Perform human research that adheres to the principles and guidelines of ethical conduct
  • Critically appraise existing literature and sources of information
  • Apply evidence based practice principals
  • Accurately select, use and interpret commonly used statistics
  • Apply and use appropriate study designs and methods to address research questions/hypotheses
  • Identify and measure clinically relevant and meaningful outcomes
  • Design and conduct research studies
  • Adhere to legal, ethical and regulatory issues related to clinical research
  • Publish research-based manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals
  • Prepare and submit grant proposals
  • Provide constructive reviews and feedback to colleagues
  • Demonstrate effective communication and leadership skills
  • Participate in interdisciplinary collaboration