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:

  • Adaptable
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking 
  • Effective Communication
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Learn Continuously 
  • Manage & Resolve Conflict
  • Manage Risk
  • Integrity
  • Relationship Management
  • Team Collaboration 


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

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. 

Important Dates

Please find other important SGS sessional dates HERE. 

Sessional Dates for 2019/2020 

         Sept 5 TRP orientation for the new cohort
Sept 10 TRP classes begin
Sept 13 Registration deadline
Sept 23 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 14 Thanksgiving Day (school closed)
Oct 21 – 25 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 23 University closed for winter holiday
Jan 6 University re-opens
Jan 7 TRP classes resume
Feb 17 – 21 Winter Reading Week (no classes)
April 11 Last day of TRP classes