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University of Michigan

Introduction to Translational Science

University of Michigan via Coursera

Overview

Translational science is the process of turning observations in the laboratory, clinic, and community into interventions that improve the health of individuals and populations. In this course, you’ll learn about the role of translational research in moving scientific discoveries into applications for improving human health. With an understanding of the four stages of translational research, you’ll be able to assess team roles for each stage and explain the importance of rigorous research, responsible conduct of research, and the differences between them. Finally, you’ll learn about career opportunities within the in-demand field of translational research.

This is an ideal introduction for undergraduate or graduate students interested in the practical application of their research to improve the health of their community.

This is the first course of five in the “Translational Science” series.

Syllabus

  • Week 1
    • The Introduction to Translational Science course provides you with an overview of the spectrum of translational research. You will learn important terminology and concepts to use as you practice setting career goals for translational research. This week you will learn how to 1) define translational research and its role in moving scientific discoveries into applications for improving human health, 2) list the stages of translational research and describe specific examples of research conducted at each stage.
  • Week 2
    • Welcome to Week 2 of Introduction to Translational Science. This week you will learn how to 1) name the seven fundamental characteristics of a translational scientist, 2) identify team roles for research conducted in each stage of translational science, and 3) explain the importance of rigorous research.
  • Week 3
    • Welcome to Week 3 of Introduction to Translational Science. This week you will learn how to... 1) understand the importance of diversity in assembling your research team, 2) explain the importance of mentoring in conducting translational research.
  • Week 4
    • Welcome to Week 4 of Introduction to Translational Science. This week you will learn how to 1) give examples of strategies to address issues related to health disparities and inequities in translational research, 2) identify career opportunities in translational research.

Taught by

Vicki Ellingrod

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