Clinical Science Program

The Graduate Program in Clinical Science leads to the Ph.D. or M.S. degree and is administered through the Population Health Sciences Program.  This multi-disciplinary area of study provides health care professionals with the didactic and experiential education required for the pursuit of academic or practical careers in health and medicine with an emphasis on studies in humans as individual study subjects or as populations. Physicians and other health care professionals who complete this training are positioned to become future leaders in academic medicine and clinical research. They are qualified for faculty positions as well as for other research positions such as in industry.

The Program may interest a variety of individuals who wish to pursue advanced training in clinical research, including junior-faculty, senior research fellows, clinical fellows and medical students in a combined degree program (M.D.-Ph.D., or M.D.-M.S.). Graduates are positioned to become future leaders in academic medicine and clinical/translational research.

Clinical Investigation Track

Health Services Research Track

Health Informatics Track

Biostatistics Track

The Clinical Investigation (M.S., Ph.D.) curricular track emphasizes patient-oriented research, including understanding and application of basic biological sciences, laboratory methods used in clinical research, basic biostatistics and epidemiology, study design and ethics in clinical investigation.  Graduates are equipped to translate basic science knowledge to the development of new therapeutic and preventive approaches for disease and age-related infirmities.

The Health Services Research (M.S., Ph.D.) track emphasizes methods for assessing and improving the delivery of effective and cost efficient health care, with the aim of enhancing disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Training leads to proficiency in biostatistics, clinical epidemiology and survey research, health policy and management, design of observational and evaluative studies, and health care economics.  Graduates understand how the organization, delivery and financing of health services influence factors such as costs, health outcomes, access to care, and patient satisfaction.

The Health Informatics (M.S., Ph.D.) track emphasizes the opportunities posed by the dramatic increase in health care information and its associated technologies. It reflects the increase in large informational databases such as electronic medical records, and their great potential for analyzing stored information for research on improving human health and delivery of cost-effective medical care. Several courses in health information technology are taught through an educational initiative with UT Houston’s School of Biomedical Informatics

The Biostatistics Track (PhD, MS) emphasizes statistical and mathematical analysis of biomedical data. Graduates will be able to design and analyze observational and experimental studies. Doctoral level biostatisticians are expected to have knowledge of a wide variety of analytic methods, a deep understanding of the rationale for the use of the methods, and the ability to either employ or develop new methods. Through a sequence of courses, students learn the theory and methods of biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health services and social and behavioral science.

Degree Requirements


Steps for Graduation




Resources & Support

The research environment at UTMB provides many opportunities for clinical research and support during training and career development. Clinical research resources include the Institute for Translational Science Clinical Research Center (ITS-CRC), which has been awarded continuous NIH funding (UL1TR001439) for over 47 years and provides inpatient and outpatient facilities, experienced nursing staff, biostatistical and study design support, computer support, and various specialized equipment for human research.  The ITS provides core resources in biostatistics, bioinformatics, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and community outreach.

Additional research resources at UTMB include multiple Centers for Research Excellence, a Center for Aerospace Medicine and Physiology, the Institute for the Medical Humanities, Core Laboratory Facilities, and a Child Health Research Center.

Funding for Clinical Science students is provided from a variety of training grants and other sources. A Herzog foundation endowment specifically for students in this program can provide partial support that is awarded based on merit and need.


Preventive Medicine Graduate Programs
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Karl Anderson, MD
Director,Clinical Science Graduate Program


  Jennifer Ruiz-Bentancourt
  Coordinator II
  Clinical Science Graduate Program

  (409) 772-4185

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