Translational Science Graduate Studies


Translational Science Graduate Studies

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The PhD program in Translational Science at The Ohio State University prepares students to conduct studies at the interface between the laboratory and the clinic through course work and research components.

The course work provides a foundation in therapeutics, research design, fundamentals of grant writing, biostatistics and research ethics, with additional coursework tailored to each student's research interests.

Conducted under the direction of two mentors, each student's research program includes both a patient-based research component and a complementary basic, laboratory-based research component. Research results will be published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. This program is designed for students who are currently enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program or who have completed a PharmD degree. Students with equivalent education experiences may be eligible after review by the program’s steering committee.


Students accepted into the combined PharmD/PhD program are admitted by the Graduate School, the Graduate Studies Committee, and the PharmD Admissions Committee. 


Courses counting for credit in both programs of study:

Translational Science courses list
PHR 6010 Biopharmacy I 2
PHR 6020 Biopharmacy II 2
PHR 6080 Physiology I 3
PHR 6090 Physiology II 3
PHR 7240 Clinical Pharmacogenomics 2
PHR 7320 Clinical Pharmacokinetics II 3

Students entering the program who have already completed the PharmD (or equivalent) program of study, will have their completed courses evaluated by the advisor and Graduate Studies Chair for transfer of graduate credit. Thus, if the courses above (or equivalent) have been completed (grade of B or better) there is no requirement to repeat those courses. An application using the Transfer of Graduate Credit form must be submitted. Find out more on the Graduate School's website.


The candidacy examination is designed to determine whether a graduate student has achieved the competency and capacity to conduct research at the doctoral level. The exam tests for a knowledge base in the area of clinical research, and mastery of the planned area of translational research. This includes the ability to critically review existing literature form hypotheses, design experiments to test hypotheses, and analyze experimental data. A student must be in good academic standing (GPA of 3.00 or higher) to be eligible for the candidacy examination.

Written portion:

Each student will prepare a grant proposal which will serve as the basis of the written portion of the examination. The topic of the examination will be determined in consultation with the major advisor and should differ from the proposal developed as part of the Integrated Biomedical Graduate Program Fundamentals of Grant Writing courses. The written portion of the exam must be approved by all committee members. If the proposal is unsatisfactory, the candidate will have one opportunity to revise the proposal.

Oral portion:

The oral examination should occur within one month of approval of the written proposal. The purpose of the oral exam is to further evaluate the student’s knowledge and critical thinking. The written proposal will serve as the starting point for the oral examination (a 15 minute overview of the proposal may be presented to the committee at the beginning of the oral examination). In addition, the advisory committee may prospectively identify additional materials for examination, based on knowledge and understanding of material from completed coursework.

Upon recommendation of the examination committee, a student failing the oral exam may retake the exam the following semester. A maximum of two oral examinations is permitted. A student must pass the second oral exam to advance to doctoral candidacy.


A limited number of fellowships are available.

Advanced level graduate students who are pharmacists may be eligible for student loan forgiveness through the National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program (LRP). LRP awardees must commit at least 50% of their time (at least 20 hours per week based on a 40-hour work week) for two years to the research. For more information visit the NIH website.