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 coursework for the certificate within three years of entering the program.

The Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science requires the following coursework.

Core Courses

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

Electives

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

Creative Writing

CNW:3664Writing About Science3

Life Sciences

BIOL:2254Endocrinology3
BIOL:2723Cell Biology3
BIOL:2753Introduction to Neurobiology3
BIOL:3233Introduction to Developmental Biology3
BIOL:3253Neurobiology I4
BIOL:3713Molecular Genetics4
BIOL:4213/GENE:4213/IGPI:4213Bioinformatics2,4
BIOL:4333Genes and Development3
BMB:3110Biochemistry3
BMB:3120Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I3
BMB:3130Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II3
MICR:2157General Microbiology3
MICR:3147Immunology and Human Disease3

Global Health

GHS:3010/IGPI:3011Identifying and Developing a Global Health Project (when topic is research design in global health)3
GHS:3111/GEOG:3110Geography of Health3
GHS:3620Global Health and Human Rights2-3
GHS:3720Contemporary Issues in Global Health3

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 Human Biology: Health Professions; 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.

Application

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 Undergraduate 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.

Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

Clinical and Translational Science, Certificate

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
Students apply to the Clinical and Translational Science certificate program through a selective process. Acceptance is not guaranteed.
 Hours0
First Year
Any Semester
BIOL:1411
Foundations of Biology
or Human Biology: Health Professions
4
Certificate: calculus requirement (prerequisite for admission to Clinical and Translational Science certificate) a, b 4
Research: search for mentored scientific research opportunities c
 Hours8
Second Year
Any Semester
Certificate: clinical and translational science elective course d 2 - 4
Admission Application: apply to the Clinical and Translational Science certificate program on the Early Scholars Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science website e
 Hours2-4
Third Year
Any Semester
EPID:4400 Epidemiology I: Principles f 3
Certificate: clinical and translational science elective course d 2 - 4
 Hours5-7
Fourth Year
Any Semester
STAT:3510 Biostatistics f 3
URES:3001 Introduction to Translational Research f 2
URES:3002 Practicum in Clinical and Translational Science f 2
Certificate: clinical and translational science elective course, if needed d 2 - 4
 Hours9-11
 Total Hours24-30
a
Choose from MATH:1380, MATH:1460, MATH:1550, or MATH:1850.
b
Enrollment in math courses requires completion of a placement exam.
c
The Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) maintains resources and position listings on their website.
d
Students must earn a total of 6 s.h. in elective courses for the certificate. See General Catalog for a list of approved courses.
e
Applicants must fulfill the following requirements by the end of the semester in which they apply: have a cumulative GPA 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 the necessary prerequisite courses.
f
Students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.00 in the certificate's core courses.