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Fundamentals of Research and Scholarship

Translational science seeks to move research discoveries from the laboratory into healthcare practices. This introductory course will provide students with a broad understanding of translational science, the types of research that are conducted under the translational science umbrella, and how this research impacts the public at large.

Course directors: Erika Cheng and Lisa Yazel, 317-278-9616, 317-278-3107

Primary contact for adds/drops: Erika Cheng,

Home campus: Indianapolis

Type of course: Online

Learning objectives

By the end of this course, a student will be able to:

  • Discuss the terminology and key concepts related to clinical and translational science. 
  • Identify the key research methods used in clinical and translational research, including designing research studies, identifying ethical issues, and communicating findings.
  • Describe the role of community engagement in promoting health equity.
  • Understand the social determinants of health and how to examine root causes of health inequity using a medical critical race theory (med CRT) lens.
  • Understand the basic processes of writing a manuscript and submitting it for publication, with emphasis on the proper structure and organization of the article.

Course activities

The course will consist of a variety of formats that are all accessible online. These may include online videos, readings, podcasts, and case studies. Topics include the following:

  • Translational Science: The Big Picture
  • T1 Research: From Bench to Bedside
  • T2 Research: Translation to Patients
  • T3 Research: Translating Guidelines to Clinical Health Practices
  • T4 Research: Translation to Communities-Creating Population Health Impact
  • Research Publication

All content will either be from publicly available online sources or from content created specifically for this course. All told, it is expected that readings, video, podcasts, review, and confirmatory testing will comprise about 20 hours of educational time for credit.

Estimated time distribution: 100% Online


Student’s performance in this elective will be evaluated via completion of each module by passing online quizzes or submission of a reflective statement after each module.


Scholarly concentration enrollment

Interprofessional collaboration: No