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OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2020-21 [Archived Catalog]

Translational Biomedical Sciences - PHD

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Doctor of Philosophy in Translational Biomedical Sciences

Translational Biomedical Science – PH4910

Graduate College
Research & Technology Center 220
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus

Terms of Entry: Fall, Spring

Program Overview

Translational biomedicine is a rapidly growing field within biomedical and public health research that seeks to improve the health of individuals and the community by turning discoveries into diagnostic tools, medicines, procedures, policies and education.

As a trans- and inter-disciplinary program, the purpose of the Ph.D. program in TBS is to prepare individuals to lead the implementation of the patient-centered health care of the 21st century. This program goes beyond the model of a traditional disciplinary program, creating a flexible student-learning environment with a curriculum focusing on three main components:

  • Translational core competencies
  • Specific, individualized, knowledge content
  • Research skills

The flexibility in design allows for different combinations of potential course work depending on the student’s prior education and experience. Additionally, the program combines formal educational activities such as case studies, problem-based learning in small groups, presentations, seminars, and laboratory group meetings, with informal gatherings between graduate students, scientists and faculty with experience in interdisciplinary team research, which will provide key networking opportunities.

The coursework and related experiences that this program comprises will provide students from all backgrounds with the opportunity to acquire and refine the skills necessary for teamwork, leadership and competitive success in the field of Translational Biomedical Sciences. Additionally, a deep knowledge within a specific cross-disciplinary study area will result in graduates who are experts in their field, with both depth and breadth of knowledge. Upon successful completion of the TBS program, graduates will be able to take advantage of their unique traits to lead scientific teams, engage the community in the quest for better health, apply innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to the improvement of the health of their community, and to reduce inequality in the access to healthcare.

This is a full-time program. Normative time to completion is five academic years.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will understand professional standards of scientific inquiry and responsible conduct that are essential for the pursuit of new knowledge. 

  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of basics concepts in translational biomedical sciences and sufficient individualized knowledge to make a meaningful and impactful scientific contribution. 
  2. Students will be able to write a competitive research proposal. 
  3. Students will know how to design and complete a research study and/or scientific experiments.  
  4. Students will be able to process and analyze data to make sound interpretations. 
  5. Students will be able to communicate scientific ideas in both written and oral forms to diverse audiences.

Further Information

Link to Program: https://www.ohio.edu/graduate/tbs

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in a relevant discipline with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Non-native speakers of English must meet Graduate College minimum proficiency requirements.

Prospective students must provide:

  1. Transcripts of all previous academic work
  2. At least three (3) letters of recommendation. The letters should be from individuals that can speak to your academic and research abilities.
  3. A Resume/CV
  4. A personal statement that addresses the following areas:
    • Future career goals and how the Translational Biomedical Sciences program would help you meet those goals.
    • Expected research interest while in the program
    • How your goals and research fit within the interdisciplinary nature of translational biomedical sciences
  5. An essay detailing previous research experience and describing your current research interests. Indicate potential mentors among the faculty at Ohio University. Note that the interdisciplinary dimension of the TBS doctoral program requires you to identify at least two mentors from two different disciplines.
  6. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GRE test scores are currently optional. Any scores submitted must be official.

International Students

This program permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program.

Graduation Requirements

The TBS doctorate requires a minimum of 90 credits in graduate work beyond their bachelor’s degree and the completion of an approved Individual Development Plan (IDP), which will minimally include the following requirements:

Coursework Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 18 hours of courses, including each of the following categories.


Complete the following course:

Responsible Conduct of Research

Complete at least one course (min. 1 hour) in responsible research conduct, normally from the following options:

TBS Competencies and Development

Complete the following courses:

Research Hours

As early as the first semester of graduate study, a student in the TBS program must begin to engage in research under the supervision of a TBS graduate faculty, and register for credit hours of TBS 6940.

Required Milestones

The path to complete the program will contain a series of defined milestones, which will be governed by the program rules as approved by the steering committee, and organized as follows:

Milestone 1: Demonstration of acquisition of the core competencies for translational biomedical sciences.

Milestone 2: Demonstration of the ability to conduct independent research and to communicate effectively the results of that work.

Milestone 3: Demonstration of an in-depth knowledge of the specific subject, and successful defense of a research project that constitutes an original scholarly contribution towards the advance of translational biomedical sciences.

Culminating Experience

The culminating experience is the doctoral dissertation. Students will present in public the results for their independent research project, followed by a defense-style exam with three TBS faculty members. The examiners will meet with the candidate in closed session and probe for evidence of research creativity, formal thinking and rigor. The examination committee will determine in advance the scope of the questions, and they will address not only the research presented, but also background and related material, to assess both depth and breadth of knowledge.

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