Earning a PhD in Clinical Investigation means that the student will have demonstrated distinctive attainment in a specific field and ability for independent investigation, through defense of a research dissertation and through coursework.
While earning the degree, the PhD student works toward the following learning objectives:
- Determine when it is and is not appropriate to use a multidisciplinary patient-oriented research design to investigate a therapeutic problem.
- Conceptualize and design multidisciplinary patient-oriented research protocols.
- Execute multidisciplinary therapeutic intervention studies.
- Interpret and report research findings using the expertise of collaborators in multiple disciplines.
- Disseminate knowledge through teaching and mentoring students/trainees.
- Lead programs that integrate clinical and translational science across multiple departments, schools and colleges, clinical and research institutes, and healthcare delivery organizations.
- Translate research from the laboratory to the clinic through technological innovations, such as drug therapies, medical devices or biological materials (“bench to bedside”).
The Institute for Clinical and Translational Research governs the MS program jointly with representatives of its academic partners: Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Nursing, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, College of Engineering, and Marshfield Clinic. Faculty members from each academic partner serve as instructors, advisors, and leaders in the MS and PhD programs in Clinical Investigation.