Master of Translational Medicine
The Master of Translational Medicine (MTM) program is a joint professional master's degree, which links the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley with the Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy at UCSF, and is designed to train students how to solve clinical problems using modern engineering tools and a structured approach to medical technology development. The MTM program draws upon the unique expertise and technological resources available at the both institutions to provide trainees with the tools necessary to address real-world healthcare problems in a creative, technology-focused, interdisciplinary team setting.
The MTM program should appeal to engineers, scientists, and clinicians who seek to bring innovative treatments and devices into clinical use. Individuals in related fields such as nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, business, law, etc., and/or with additional advanced degrees (MD, PhD, RN, JD, MBA, etc.) are also encouraged to apply. Graduates of this program are anticipated to work in industries that deliver novel healthcare products or patient care.
Coursework material in the MTM program covers three main topic areas: (1) Bioengineering, (2) Clinical R&D, and (3) Business, entrepreneurship, and Technology. Content covers the fundamentals of engineering design in biological systems, physiology and disease processes, clinical research methods, product development, entrepreneurship, regulatory issues, healthcare finance, and management of technology.
The MTM curriculum culminates in a capstone design-project experience sponsored by a client from academia, industry, or a hospital/clinic. Student teams address various translational issues including clinical needs-finding, intellectual property, product design, R&D, cost analysis, and business and regulatory strategy. Project work seamlessly integrates with MTM coursework to create a comprehensive year-long translational experience. Capstone projects are drawn from a broad range of focus areas such as therapeutic design and delivery, construction of medical devices, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, health IT, medical imaging, and point-of-care diagnostics. Some examples of previous projects include: (1) designing a cloud-enabled device to monitor heart failure at home, (2) using a 3D imaging platform to increase intuition in medical visualization, and (3) testing a nanofibrous dural substitute for enhanced tissue regeneration.
The MTM program grants a unique joint "Master of Translational Medicine" degree from two of California's premier research institutes - UC Berkeley and UCSF - and is designed to accelerate the careers of future leaders in the field of translational medicine.
International Student Requirements:
All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS).
Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Midsize City
Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999