The undergraduate Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science requires 16 s.h. of credit. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 3.00 in the certificate's core courses. Work for the certificate includes core courses and electives. Students must complete all course work for the certificate within three years of entering the program.

The Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science requires the following course work.

Core Courses

All of these (10 s.h.):
EPID:4400Epidemiology I: Principles3
STAT:3510/IGPI:3510Biostatistics (or an equivalent course)3
TBM:3001Introduction to Translational Research (must take EPID:4400 before or at the same time as this course)2
TBM:3002Practicum in Clinical and Translational Science (capstone course; must take TBM:3001 before this course)2


Students must earn a total of 6 s.h. in courses chosen from the following lists.

Creative Writing

CNW:3664Writing About Science3

Life Sciences

BIOC:3120Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I3
BIOC:3130Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II3
BIOL:2723Cell Biology3
BIOL:2753Introduction to Neurobiology3
BIOL:3233Introduction to Developmental Biology3
BIOL:3713Molecular Genetics4
BIOL:3753Developmental Neurobiology3
BIOL:4333Genes and Development3
MICR:2157General Microbiology3
MICR:3147Immunology and Human Disease3

Global Health

GHS:3010/IGPI:3011Identifying and Developing a Global Health Project (when subtitle is research design in global health)2-3
GHS:3102/ANTH:3102/CBH:3102Medical Anthropology3
GHS:3111/GEOG:3110Geography of Health3
GHS:3720Contemporary Issues in Global Health3
GHS:4600Global Health and Human Rights2-3

Health and Human Physiology

ACB:3110Principles of Human Anatomy3
HHP:1100Human Anatomy3
HHP:1300Fundamentals of Human Physiology3
HHP:2130Human Development Through the Life Span3
HHP:2200Physical Activity and Health3
HHP:2310Nutrition and Health3
HHP:3500Human Physiology3
HHP:3850/GHS:3850Promoting Health Globally3
NURS:1030Human Development and Behavior3
SRM:3020/INTD:3027Nutrition in Health and Performance3

Psychological and Brain Sciences

PSY:2301Introduction to Clinical Psychology3
PSY:2401Introduction to Developmental Science3
PSY:2501Introduction to Social Psychology3
PSY:2601Introduction to Cognitive Psychology3
PSY:2701Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience4
PSY:3010Health Psychology3

 Public Health

CBH:4105Introduction to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention3
CPH:1400Fundamentals of Public Health3
CPH:3400/GEOG:3210Health, Work, and the Environment3
CPH:3500/GHS:3500Global Public Health3
HMP:4000Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System3
OEH:4240Global Environmental Health3


Admission to the certificate program is selective. Applicants must fulfill the following requirements by the end of the semester in which they apply:

have a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00;

have earned a minimum of 45 s.h. of college-level credit;

have been engaged in mentored scientific research at the University of Iowa;

have completed one of these: BIOL:1411 Foundations of Biology or BIOL:1141 Introductory Animal Biology; and

have completed one of these: MATH:1380 Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business or MATH:1460 Calculus for the Biological Sciences or MATH:1550 Engineering Mathematics I: Single Variable Calculus or MATH:1850 Calculus I.


Interested students should apply on the certificate program's student application system. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed by the Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science Steering Committee. Students will receive an email after an admissions decision has been made. Consult the Early Scholars Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science website for more information.

Applications should include the following:

a description of the student's undergraduate research (maximum of 1,000 words), including the approximate number of hours per week the student spends conducting the research and the name and email address of the student's research mentor;

a personal statement outlining the student's professional and career goals;

a copy of the student's grade report from MyUI; and

a letter of recommendation from the student's research mentor.