University of Colorado Denver

Graduate School

Clinical Science


Academic Office 1, L15-1503

12631 E. 17th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

PhD in Clinical Science, MSCS in Clinical Science

Format: Campus

Program Description:

MSCS in Clinical Science

This program provides learning to develop competencies in clinical and translational sciences to support rigorous and impactful clinical and health research. Leanring is accomplished through formal coursework and a mentored research project aimed to provide a strong foundation in: statistics, study design, clinical epidemiology, critical appraisal, ethics and responsible conduct of research, health outcomes measurement, and dissemination and translation.

This program is for health care professionals who have already earned either a professional doctoral degree (e.g., MD, DO, DDS, PharmD, DPT) or a clinically-related bachelor's or master's degree (e.g., nursing, psychology).

PhD in Clinical Science

The Clinical Science PhD program is designed for qualified individuals who have already earned a health care or professional degree (i.e., physicians, MSPH graduates, biostatisticians, epidemiologists, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists) or a graduate degree related to health sciences with some previous research experience and training.

The overall goal of CLSC doctoral training program is to prepare nationally competitive clinician/clinical scientists who are able to translate across the discovery-community continuum. Students in our program are highly motivated and bright individuals who seek additional rigorous training to become leaders in their field and make significant contributions to improving the health of citizens. The program allows specialization in one of three areas of focus: Clinical Investigation, Health Information Technology, or Health Services Research.


  • Interdisciplinary
  • Master’s or PhD degree options
  • Highly accomplished faculty


PhD Degree Options:

Clinical Investigation track: Clinical investigation focuses on translational research that fosters multidirectional and multidisciplinary integration of basic research, patient-oriented research, and population-based research, with the long-term aim of improving the health of the public. It includes two main areas: one is the process of applying discoveries generated during research in the laboratory, and in preclinical studies, to the development of trials and studies in humans. The second area of translation concerns research aimed at enhancing the adoption of best practices in the community. Cost-effectiveness of prevention and treatment strategies is also an important part of translational science.

Health Information Technology track: Provides a background in clinical informatics: the study of how medical data and knowledge can be stored, analyzed, and delivered to facilitate research and to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of care. Students will develop a fundamental understanding of the technical and organizational challenges particular to the field of health information technology and will train in evaluation and research methods.

Health Services Research track: Studies focus on efficacy, outcomes, access to care, patient satisfaction, and cost efficiency of diagnostic, preventive, interventional, and therapeutic approaches. The PhD in Health Services Research will help you develop skills in identifying predictors of disease and determining the effectiveness of preventive interventions. The PhD in HSR is a collaborative program with the Colorado School of Public Health.

Why CU Anschutz? Located in Aurora, Colorado, the Anschutz Medical Campus is the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region. With six graduate and health professional schools, multiple clinical centers and institutes including an NIH-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, two nationally-ranked teaching hospitals, and a VA hospital, CU Anschutz is engaged in clinical care, research, education, and service. Together, clinicians, graduate students, and research faculty contribute to a large and vibrant cancer research community that is poised to address present and future challenges.

We are committed to diversity and equity. Students from all backgrounds will find resources & support on campus.


The University of Colorado Denver is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

International Student Requirements:

In addition to the general admission requirements, international applicants must meet additional requirements dictated by the University. See website for details.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Loans Offered: Students are encouraged to work with the University's Financial Aid Office to obtain information on financial aid opportunities. University of Colorado Denver FASFA Code: 004508

Locale: Large City

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