Translational and Clinical Research Curriculum


The Translational and Clinical Research Curriculum is designed as a means for trainees to gain access to coursework in core competencies that are viewed critical to the success of an academic clinical-translational researcher. These include:

  • Appreciation of the multidisciplinary roles of various research team members and elements of highly effective teams both within and outside of the academic setting
  • Understanding of methodological and analytical strategies resulting in appropriately designed protocols
  • Participation in professional development activities that teach skills such as scientific writing, oral presentation, grant writing and mentoring
  • Introduction to skills needed to translate and disseminate research products (entrepreneurship, regulatory science, etc.)

The TCRC is a non-degree program. Individuals who wish to pursue a formal degree should consider the Masters in Public Health or the Masters of Science in Clinical Research degrees offered through the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Applications for these programs go directly through the UNC Graduate School.


Applications are due by July 1, 2016. Please download the application and submit to Susan Pusek at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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If you want to receive academic credit for courses taken in the TCRC: In addition to applying to the TCRC, you must apply to the UNC Friday Center for Continuing Education Part-Time Non-Degree Student program.

Once you are accepted for admission as a part-time student through the Friday Center you will receive information on how to formally register for courses through the UNC system. This information will include tuition fees and how to obtain your transcript once courses are completed.

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Workforce Training Options

Topic Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
Biostatistics 2 semester course sequence — summer or fall and spring
PUBH 741-2: Quantitative Methods for Healthcare Professionals
Designed to meet the needs of health care professionals to appraise the design and analysis of medical and health care studies and who intend to pursue academic research careers. Covers basics of statistical inference, analysis of variance, multiple regression, categorical data analysis.
Summer: (Joanne Garrett) | July 6-Aug 17 | MWF 12 - 4 PM

Fall: (Kim Faurot) | T/Th 11 AM - 1:45 PM
PUBH 742 | Thurs 12-2 PM | Friday 10-12 PM
1 week course —

Intro to Study Design and Strategies for Data Analysis
An introduction to statistical terms, methodologies and analysis strategies most commonly used in clinical/translational research.
July 25-29 | M-F 8 AM - 12 PM
Epidemiology 1 semester course —
fall academic year

EPID 711: Clinical Measurement and Evaluation
Focuses on work, workplace exposures and hazards, and their effect on health. Interdisciplinary approaches to risk identification, reduction, and communication will be emphasized within regulatory and ethical contexts.
Tu/Th 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Proposal Writing 2 semester course sequence —
fall and spring academic year

EPID 805-6: Clinical Research Skills- Proposal Development
Introductory lectures and workshops on grant basics and work on actual proposal, NIH K-type, career development, internal awards
Fridays 2:30 - 4:20 PM
Workshops —
approximately 3x/year

R Writing Group
First attempt at R-type award (NIH or other sponsors)
Single lectures —
throughout year

CFE and TraCS websites, TraCS newsletter
Sessions devoted to specific types of awards, usually 1-2 hours in length
Professional Development Seminar —
fall and spring academic year

Seminar in Professional Development
Professional development topics tailored to career stage and past exposure to clinical/translational research
Fridays 12 - 2 PM
Mentoring 8-hour workshop —
spring, fall, summer

Being a Better Faculty Mentor
Facilitated sessions focusing on 7 mentoring competencies