Doctor of Philosophy in the Field of Translational Health Sciences

The doctor of philosophy in the field of translational health sciences degree program helps prepare graduates to address complex health care challenges by conceptualizing health systems broadly in terms of transitions between basic scientific discovery, clinical insights, implications for practice, implications for population health, and improved global health.

The PhD requires 54 credits beyond a master’s degree, successful completion of two comprehensive examinations, a proposal defense, and a defended dissertation. The curriculum is blended, integrating didactic and facilitated learning activities from content. It is delivered via distance learning and on campus (two weekends per semester for a total of 32 hours per semester) at the Virginia Science and Technology (VSTC) campus in Ashburn, VA.

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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 54 credits, successful completion of two comprehensive examinations, a proposal defense, and a defended dissertation.

Required Courses
THS 8101Foundations in Translational Health Sciences
THS 8103Principles of Collaboration and Team Science
THS 8105Translational Health Sciences in Complex Health Systems
THS 8107Program Theory and Health Innovations
THS 8109Implementation Science and Innovation Leadership
THS 8121Advanced Study Design for Translational Research
THS 8123Qualitative Methods in Translational Health Sciences
THS 8125Advanced Statistical Methods for Clinical and Translational Research
THS 8201Learning Theory and Models for Knowledge Translation in Health Systems I
THS 8203Bioethical Implications of Health Research
THS 8205Learning Theory and Models for Knowledge Translation in Health Systems II
THS 8221Mixed Methods Research in Translational Health Sciences
THS 8961Proposal Defense Preparation
THS 8996Dissertation Seminar I
THS 8997Dissertation Seminar II
THS 8998Dissertation Seminar III
Electives (6 credits)
CRA 6205Clinical Investigation
HSCI 6265Grantsmanship in Translational Research
HSCI 6297Independent Study for Health Professionals
OT 8215Quality Improvement through Translational Practices
OT 8220Measurement of Human Function and Learning
THS 8127Systematic Reviews of Healthcare Innovations