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Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Clinical Research

The primary goal of the Ph.D. Program in Applied Clinical Research is to provide rigorous research training for health professionals aspiring to pursue careers as independent clinician investigators in academic institutions, government agencies, and the private sector.

The program is designed to provide research training in patient-oriented research and clinically relevant basic/translational research for graduate level health care professionals (holding a minimum of a master’s degree).

Independent Clinician Scientist

A student explains his research poster to two women

All coursework is constructed to provide the skills necessary to develop into an independent clinician scientist with the curriculum largely focused on experimental design, methodology, and biostatistical analyses.

This innovative program, the first of its kind in Texas, has been created as a multidisciplinary collaborative between the School of Health Professions, UT Southwestern Medical School, and UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Multidisciplinary Research

As one of the world’s foremost research institutions, UT Southwestern fosters “no-fence” multidisciplinary research and rigorous scientific training in both basic and clinical research. The Ph.D. Program in Applied Clinical Research takes advantage of existing local expertise in the clinical/basic sciences and patient care, as well as the wealth of research resources available at the institution. Students will be involved in cutting-edge research with direct application to patient care. The program requires students to complete 48 hours of coursework with dissertation.


UT Southwestern Medical Center is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award a PhD in Applied Clinical Research and a Master and Certificate in Clinical Science. Questions about the accreditation of UT Southwestern Medical Center may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website.

Normal inquiries about UT Southwestern Medical Center, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to UT Southwestern Medical Center and not to the Commission’s office. 

The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution’s significant noncompliance with a requirement or standard. 

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