Department History

The Department of Population and Data Sciences officially became a UT Southwestern Medical Center academic department on January 1, 2006. It was known as the Department of Clinical Sciences until Feb. 1, 2019.

Before becoming a Department, it had served the University as the Center for Biomedical Statistics and Clinical Science, which in turn had its original roots in the University’s old Academic Computing Systems group. The change to department status was prompted by the award of a $9.7 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) training grant to the Medical Center.

The Department continued the Medical Center’s development of a formal training program for new clinical researchers and oversaw UT Southwestern’s application for one of the NIH’s large Clinical and Translational Science Award grants.

The application met with success in 2007 and the Department of Population and Data Sciences has grown significantly in number of faculty and staff, the development of clinical scientist training programs, and in conducting research studies in areas such as community-based health and cancer prevention.

For a comprehensive list of resources and services available to clinical investigators, please visit the Center for Translational Medicine.