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We will provide you with analytical tools and frameworks to help you build professional health translator skills. Gain experience, expertise, and insights into the design process, regulatory frameworks, and translational networks and strategies.
Foundations in Translational Research (TR)
Instructors: Joseph Ferenbok, Rich Foty
Translation is the process of moving knowledge between domains of inquiry. Broadly speaking, the goal is to help move discoveries, research, and knowledge from theoretical inquiry to real-world applications that improve human health.
- Discuss research, discovery, translation and commercialiation landscape
- Explore key issues, tools, and perspectives on mobilizing knowledge
- Understand translation thinking, TR tools, and the Translational Pathway(s)
- Engage in a broad range of TR conversations with multidisciplinary experts
Rhetoric of Science
Instructor: Sandy Marshall
Communicate clearly and persuasively. Learn how to communicate complex concepts to a range of target audiences to accomplish specific outcomes.
- Experiment with style, delivery, structure, and voice through weekly assignments
- Collaborate with a community partner and propose a communication strategy to target a specific audience
- Communicate effectively through substantive written assignments
Methods in Practices & Contexts
Instructors: Christopher Klinger and Raza Mirza
Explore the methods through which we acquire and make apparent knowledge in a varety of contexts, from early stakeholder engagement to implementation science.
- Critically engage with qualitative, design, and quantitative methods used to acquire and share knowledge
- Build skills such as interviewing, sketching, ideation, and qualitative user testing
- Gather evidence for iterative improvement of problem-solving designs
- Assess strategies for interdisciplinary collaboration and interaction
- Understand how knowledge generation and its application can lead to new and better ways of improving health care
Projects in TR (Capstone Prep)
Instructor: Ilona Posner & Payal Agarwal
Make an immediate impact. Work with a partner client to practice the skills and tools that will be fundamental to the 2nd year capstone project.
- Apply Translational Thinking framework to better understand the relationship between research and practice
- Explore problem space through environmental scans, market research, and primary qualitative and quantitative research
- Engage in user-centred design research and idea generation exercises
Build on topics discussed in seminars, explore a range of concepts, and gain competencies that complement interests and will help with your capstone project. Students are able to customize their learning experience, by assembling a selection of eight modular short courses. For more information, click to see complete list of module offerings.
Make an immediate IMPACT with REAL-WORLD projects.
What is a capstone? For the capstone, students collaborate to propose and execute a translational research project with a team. Students apply the tools learned in the first year and move through the Translational Thinking TM framework. Students leverage the latest research and resources at the university, partner hospitals, and community networks propose and execute a TR project with benefits for human health. Projects are supported by a TRP faculty advisor, a Capstone Course Director(s), and a Project Advisory Committee.
Broad and flexible criteria:
- Attempt to move research to address a verified health need
- Demonstrate learning based on active research, direct engagement, and real-world interaction
Students apply a creative, iterative, and open-ended design process.
For further breadth, students choose 1.0 FCE in elective courses. Students choose any relevant graduate level course offered at U of T (or a recognized Ontario University) to fulfill the electives with program approval.