Our Program

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
  • Creativity
  • Problem-solving
  • Effective communication
  • Leadership
  • Team building
  • Collaboration
  • Networking
  • 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


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
 Term1 Term2 Term3 Term 4 Term5
Foundations in TR
Rhetoric of Science
Practices & Contexts
Projects in TR
Capstone Project in TR
Modules in TR
Elective Elective


Courses are designed to be flexible and modular to accommodate working professionals.

  • Terms 1 – 2: Courses on Tuesdays and Thursdays 1–7 PM
  • Terms 3 – 5: Majority of required activities on Tuesday and Thursdays 1–7 pm


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

Capstone Prep

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.



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

  • Learn basics of professionalism
  • Discuss role of professionalism in shaping leadership and teams in health care
  • Gain awareness of self as translational researchers in a global context
Fall and Winter

Project Management with Kevin Vuong

  • Cover nature of projects, project management tools, techniques & issues within health care context
  • Understand terminology & theories of project management
  • Learn how to succeed in project environments

Intellectual Property Fundamentals with Gabriella Chan

  • Examine elements & policy objectives of IP within health & biotech environment
  • Learn fundamentals of patents, copyright, trade-marks and trade secrets
  • Understand inventors’ rights and obligations and how to harness them

Applied Intellectual Property with Gabriella Chan

  • Explore implications of IP development & ownership
  • Examine agreements that impact IP rights
  • Discuss basic ethical issues, policy rationale, and potential abuses of IP
  • Explore factors that contribute to start-up success or failure


  • Understand nature & significance of modern-day leadership
  • Analyze design & implementation strategy of a major health innovation
  • Expand contacts with practicing innovators and build innovation networks
  • Collaborate with a team to develop and deliver a creative report

Translational Thinking with Joseph Ferenbok

  • Learn & practice design thinking tools to advance Translational Thinking
  • Practice alternative strategies for brainstorming
  • Run ideation and feedback focus groups
  • Contribute to and accept peer feedback

Procurement, Privacy, and Regulatory Affairs with Gabriella Chan

  • Elucidate translation & commercialization of health innovations
  • Understand supply chain management, procurement by co-design, & challenges of iterating a product with limited access to end users
  • Learn to foster public trust & customer loyalty through commitment to privacy & data protection
  • Discuss regulatory lifecycles of pharmaceuticals & devices with domain experts

Grant Writing with Sandy Marshall

  • Build structured outlines and solidify your objectives
  • Conduct thorough background research to produce strong rationale and plan
  • Carefully edit to enhance clarity and engage reviewers

Economics of Health Care

  • Learn fundamental concepts of economics as it relates to health care & innovation

Student Work and Research Module (SWARM) with Raza Mirza & Christopher Klinger

  • Propose & implement small collaborative project (10-12 h of individual contribution) guided by SGS Faculty Member
  • Define clear, specific, and individual learning objectives
  • Make tangible contribution to Translation

Knowledge Translation & Community with Raza Mirza & Christopher Klinger

  • The KT and Community Module is intended to allow students to apply KT concepts in small collaborative groups with specific community partners and clearly identified knowledge users.
  • The KT and Community Module is a student identified gap in the Translational Research Program—access to and support for mentored KT experiences that provide opportunities to apply classroom training and network with broader health communities.

ini-MBA with the Graduate Management Consulting Association

This 10-lecture program will provide graduate students and post-docs:

  • Learn fundamental business concepts from industry experts
  • Apply new knowledge directly to business cases

*Applications will open in December 2018.

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Wed March 13
Fri March 22nd case competition

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Students external to TRP register for TRP Modules HERE!


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 

  • Complete 6-8 online units at your pace (~2 h each, including final test)
  • Units 1-3, 5, 7, 8 are mandatory for TRP: Grant Writing, Manuscript Writing, CV Writing, Knowledge Translation, Collaborations in Research, Presentations
  • Units 4 & 6 are optional: Research Ethics, Mentoring
Ongoing, online

Transdisciplinary and Translational Research in Oncology Medicine with Marianne Koritzinsky, IMS

Email Emily Milne at emily.milne@rmp.uhn.ca  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. 

Important Dates

Please find other important SGS sessional dates HERE. 

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