Translational Research: Translational Science, Certificate

Penn offers three certificates in Translational Research: the Certificate in Translational Science, the Certificate in Entrepreneurial Science, or the Certificate in Regulatory Science. The Certificate in Translational Science aims to develop a strong foundation in the fundamental techniques of translational research.

The certificate can be finished in one year and must be completed within two years.


The certificate requires the completion of 4 course units with a passing grade of B- or better.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCourse Units
MTR 5100 Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research 1
MTR 6000 Introduction to Biostatistics 1 1
 Course Units2.00
Select 2 electives from the following: 2
Scientific & Ethical Conduct  
Medical Entrepreneurship: Commercializing Translational Science  
Introduction to Bioinformatics  
Fundamentals of FDA Regulation  
Clinical Trial Management  
Introduction to Drug Development  
Cell and Gene Therapy  
New Trends in Medicine and Vaccine Discovery  
Other Electives 2
 Course Units2.00
 Total Course Units4.00

Other biostatistics courses may be substituted if taken in the past two years with a grade of B- or better.


Students may take elective courses outside of these recommendations, by substituting a different MTR/REG course or a course outside of MTR/REG, but must obtain permission before enrolling.

Research Project

The certificate requires a one-year engagement in clinical and translational research. This will take the form of a new research project or as a translational arm to research currently being conducted. Prospective students will identify a mentor and define the research project at the time of application.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.