The TRP is a unique Masters of Health Science (MHSc) in Translational Research program that is more than just a degree. It is a hands-on leadership experience that will change the way you think and inspire you to drive change in your own community.
Enhance your skills as a researcher, clinician, health practitioner, decision maker and shape your potential to lead and drive change to impact human health.
Working and networking directly with researchers, experts, industry and government stakeholders, you will develop core (life) skills that will help you throughout your career, including:
- Critical thinking
- Effective communication
- Team building
- Risk management
At the end of each year students should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
- Question assumptions
- Expand your perspectives & accept new ideas
- Identify & address stakeholder needs
- Analyze specific problem & apply knowledge
- Recognize opportunities
- Set realistic goals and priorities
- Collaborate productively with others
- Communicate clearly and persuasively
- Learn from failure & apply iterative thinking
- Try new approaches and methods
- Apply the Translational Thinking framework
- Focus on unmet medical needs
- Establish & maintain networks & partnerships
- Lead effectively
- Foster open-mindedness
- Promote trust, teamwork, and collaboration
- Negotiate effectively to resolve conflicts
- Navigate uncertainty
- Problem-solve creatively
- Show broad range of skills and knowledge
- Encourage & experiment with new ideas
- Identify and manage risk
- Learn from experiences to mitigate future risk
- Recognize & reward success
PROGRAM PATHWAY 2018-19
The TRP is a two-year (five-term) course-based professional degree program that requires 8.0 full course equivalents (FCE). To complete the TRP in five terms, students are encouraged to follow the Typical Program Pathway.
|Year 1||Year 2|
|Foundations in TR|
|Rhetoric of Science|
|Practices & Contexts|
|Projects in TR|
|Capstone Project in TR|
|Modules in TR|
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 commercialization 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 variety 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
Instructor: Adriana Ieraci
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
Make an immediate IMPACT with REAL-WORLD projects.
CAPSTONE PROJECTS IN MSC4000
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.
You can build on topics discussed in seminars, explore a range of concepts, and gain competencies that complements interests and will help with your capstone project. Students are able customize their learning experience, by assembling a selection of eight modular short courses.
Eight modules are required over the course of the program. Modules are set-up over the course of a few weeks and run at different times of the year directly through the TRP or through IMS. A complete list, description, and schedule of each module can be found below.
TRP Module Offerings
Professionalism with Raksha Sule
|Fall and Winter|
Project Management with Kevin Vuong
Intellectual Property Fundamentals with Gabriella Chan
Applied Intellectual Property with Gabriella Chan
Translational Thinking with Joseph Ferenbok
Procurement, Privacy, and Regulatory Affairs with Gabriella Chan
Grant Writing with Sandy Marshall
Economics of Health Care
Student Work and Research Module (SWARM) with Raza Mirza & Christopher Klinger
Knowledge Translation & Community with Raza Mirza & Christopher Klinger
This 10-lecture program will provide graduate students and post-docs:
*Applications will open in December 2018.
MODULES OUTSIDE TRP 18/19
Modules outside the TRP program are administered by other academic units and may involve additional steps for registration or require proof of completion.
Other Module Offerings
CorEd Clinical Investigator Program
Transdisciplinary and Translational Research in Oncology Medicine with Marianne Koritzinsky, IMS
Email Emily Milne at email@example.com with your full name, Degree Program (MSc, PhD etc.), title of your project, current CV
Psychiatric Implications of Traumatic Brain Injury with Shree Bhalerao, Ruxandra Colibasan, IMS
|Consciousness: An exploration of current concepts and questions with Anuj Rastogi, Jose Perez Velazquez, IMS||Fall|
|Qualitative Research with Simon Kitto, IMS||Winter|
|Clinical Trials with Peter Juni/John Marshall, IMS||Winter|
|GREAT with Teresa To, IMS (Epidemiology)||Winter
|Becoming a Better Editor of Your Own Work with Michelle Rosen, IMS||Winter|
|Introduction to Neuroimaging with Adrian Crawley, IMS||Winter|
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.
Sessional Dates for 2018/2019
|Sept 6||TRP orientation for the new cohort|
|Sept 11||TRP classes begin|
|Sept 14||Registration deadline|
|Sept 24||Final date to add full year and fall session courses|
|Sept 30||Tuition payment deadline for fall session to avoid service charges, except for those with permission to defer payment due to full funding package (e.g., major award, scholarship, teaching assistantships, tuition waiver)|
|Oct 8||Thanksgiving Day (school closed)|
|Oct 22 – 26||Fall Reading Week (no classes)|
|Nov 30||Tuition payment deadline for winter session to avoid service charges, except for those with permission to defer payment due to full funding package (e.g., award, scholarship, teaching assistantships, tuition waiver)|
|Dec 13||Last day of TRP classes for the fall semester|
|Dec 24||University closed for winter holiday|
|Jan 7||University re-opens|
|Jan 8||TRP classes resume|
|Feb 18 – 22||Winter Reading Week (no classes)|
|April 11||Last day of TRP classes|