Master in Clinical Translational Science


Jennifer Waller, PhD &
Co-Director of CTS programs
Alejandro Baez, MD, MPH, PhD &
Co-Director of CTS programs
The MCTS program provides an environment of in-depth learning and mentorship from established clinical researchers, expert biostatisticians and epidemiologists.
Fully Online and Asynchronous Learning

· Offered by experts in clinical research, biostatistics and epidemiology

Complete in only 4 semesters

·  30 total credits hours

·  Flexibility in elective course work based on your interests

Low or No Cost

·  Tuition may be fully covered by the University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program

MCTS graduates are prepared to

  • carry out research utilizing human subjects in clinical trials
  • perform basic analyses of clinical research data
  • apply epidemiologic principles and tools in clinical research
  • consider relevant ethical and legal issues when designing and conducting research
  • prepare research manuscripts for publication, and • prepare competitive grant proposals

The MCTS program will

(1) provide trainees with essential skills in CTS, including hypothesis generation, research design, data analysis, interpretation and dissemination of results, critical appraisal of scientific literature, grant preparation, human research protection, and research ethics;

(2) help to establish new collaborative relationships at Augusta University among current basic science, clinical, and translational researchers; and

(3) improve research productivity among junior faculty and other clinical researchers at Augusta University through their participation in mentored research, a requirement for all who complete the Masters in Clinical and Translational Science

Designed to work with professionals’ busy schedules, the online and asynchronous 30 credit hour MCTS program curriculum includes:
  • Didactic Coursework

    21 credit hours of core course work in epidemiology, clinical trials, observational studies, statistics and modeling, and grant writing in clinical and translational science


    6 credit hours of elective course work in either a health economics or health data science track, both of which are expanding areas of research in clinical and translational science

  • A 3 credit hours capstone project to design a clinical and translational science project
Funding for MCTS Students

Funding is not available through the DPHS for MCTS students. MCTS students who have been employees of the University System of Georgia, including Augusta University, for at least 6 months may be eligible to use the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).

Check out a complete sample list of the courses and course descriptions.




Year 1

STAT 7010 – Biostatistics I (3cr)

STAT 7240 – Introduction to Clinical Trials (3cr)

 MPHC 8011 – Ethical Conduct of Research (1cr)


COGS 8011 – Responsible Conduct of Research (1cr) 

CTRS 7100 – Grant Writing for Clinical and Translational Science (2cr)

TOTAL: 9 credit hours



STAT 7020 – Biostatistics II (3cr)

STAT 7130 – Introduction to Epidemiology (3cr)

STAT 7260 – Design and Analysis of Observational Studies (3cr)

TOTAL: 9 credit hours








Year 2

STAT 7370 – Intermediate Epidemiology (3cr)

 Elective (3cr)

TOTAL: 6 credit hours


CTRS 7900 – Capstone Project (3cr)

Elective (3cr)

TOTAL: 6 credit hours

Notes:  Choice of 2 elective courses from the following course offerings:

  • MPHM 8280 – Quantitative Methods in Health Administration (3cr)
  • CTRS 7210 – Methods for Decision Making in Clinical Practice (3cr)
  • CTRS 7220 – Medical Decision Making and Cost Effectiveness Analysis (3cr)
  • STAT 7350 – Epidemic Modeling (3cr)
  • DATS 7760 – Data and Visual Analytics (3cr)
  • DATS 7860 – Statistical and Machine Learning for Big Data (3cr)


For more information on the course pre-requisites and other requirements for applying to the Masters in Clinical and Translational Science program, see our Prospective Students page.


Prospective Students