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 510 Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research 1
MTR 600 Introduction to Biostatistics 1 1
 Course Units2.00
Select 2 electives from the following: 2
Scientific & Ethical Conduct  
Commercializing Translational Therapeutics  
Introduction to Bioinformatics  
Fundamentals of FDA Regulation  
Clinical Study 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

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 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.