The UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) brings together clinicians, researchers, and communities to accelerate the translation of basic science discoveries to tangible improvements in health. With the support for a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health, we foster innovative team science across multiple campuses and states. We provide infrastructure, funding, and research support services, and train the upcoming generation of clinical and translational researchers.
Doctor of Philosophy
The Department of Behavioral Science in the College of Medicine, in affiliation with the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science, offers a Ph.D. program in Clinical and Translational Science (CTS). The academic discipline focuses on acceleration of the translation of basic science advances to tangible improvements in public health. This interdisciplinary program is designed to expand research career opportunities for exceptional professionals with terminal professional health care degrees (e.g., physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, public health professionals). Students enrolled in the MD/PhD Program are also eligible for admission.
Application Requirements for Ph.D. Program
Fall Application Deadline: October 1
Spring Application Deadline: May 1
CV - Please be sure your CV includes the following information (if applicable):
Education (completed and in progress): undergraduate, graduate (e.g. MS, PhD), and professional (e.g. MD, MPH, PharmD)
Post-Doctoral Program Training Experience (completed and in progress)
Professional Fellowship or Residency Experience (completed and in progress)
Concurrent & previous employment
Additional documents -
In lieu of a personal statement, applicants are asked to provide thorough responses to the following short answer questions. These responses will be carefully evaluated by the Admissions Committee. We recommend preparing your answers to the open-ended responses ahead of time (using Word, Google Docs, etc) and pasting your responses onto the required answer spaces that appear in this form. Please proofread your responses and completely answer all parts of each question.
Please compare and contrast Clinical and Translational Science with Basic Science.
How do your research interests align with Clinical and Translational Science?
Why are you pursuing graduate study in Clinical and Translational Science?
What are your professional goals and how will education in Clinical and Translational Science help you to reach those goals?
Please provide a detailed, semester-by-semester timeline for completing the requirements for the CTS program to which you are applying. Click here to see requirements for the CTS PhD.
In 250-500 words, provide a research question in which you are interested and then describe the Clinical and Translational Science methods you would use to answer that research question.
Identification of (1) a primary research mentor and (2) a mentor from the Department of Behavioral Science (provide names, departments, and email addresses)
Identification of a proposed graduate committee chair (provide, name, department, and email address)
Are you affiliated with one of the T32/TL1 training programs or CCTS career development programs (e.g., KL2) at UK? (Yes or No). If yes, which training or career development program are you affiliated with?
Letters must be prepared on institutional letterhead. They should address the following:
Your relationship to the applicant and how long you have known him or her
Your assessment of the applicant’s ability to conduct research and compete for extramural research funding
The applicant’s capacity for graduate study and for a successful research career
Any additional strengths and/or weaknesses of the applicant
If you are the applicant’s proposed Primary Research Mentor for the CTS PhD Program, please also:
Acknowledge and describe your role as the applicant’s Primary Research Mentor
Briefly describe any resources that are available to support the applicant’s research
Describe the applicant’s activities and responsibilities in previous research projects with you
Discuss how the applicant’s research interests are relevant to Clinical and Translational Science
Specify the mentorship plans that you have discussed with the applicant (e.g., the mentoring you would provide, the resources that the applicant would need for conducting their dissertation research and plans for obtaining those resources, source of the stipend if this is an MD/PhD applicant, etc.)
If you are the applicant’s Department Chair or Supervisor, please also:
Describe the applicant’s current duties and responsibilities, and
Specify how the applicant will have protected time to participate in the Clinical and Translational Science Program’s research activities and courses