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Clinical and Translational

A three-year training program with a first clinical year, followed by two research years focusing on epidemiology, clinical trials, and outcomes-based or other clinical and translational studies.

Most individuals completing this training seek to pursue academic clinical or translational outcomes research careers. Trainees are supported in their research years by an NIH training grant, "Research Training in Renal Disease, and must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.


  • Optional formal coursework leading to a certificate or master's degree in epidemiology (MPH or MS) with emphasis on epidemiology, biostatistics, data management, and research design. Translational topics in other fields may be pursued, e.g. pharmacokinetics, and biomarker discovery.
  • Seminars and tutorials in research design, research methodology, and statistical methods.
  • Biomedical research integrity training is required to retain NIH training grant support.


Clinical/translational kidney research is conducted predominantly through our Kidney Research Institute, a unique collaboration between Northwest Kidney Centers and UW Medicine. Our focus is on developing early detection, prevention, and treatment of kidney disease and its complications. The Kidney Research Institute closely collaborates with our investigators at the Veteran’s Affairs Health Services Research & Development. Our basic science kidney research is concentrated at our South Lake Union campus. 

Fellows gain expertise in a broad range of public health problems by collaborating with over 150 faculty from the five departments within the School of Public Health.

  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Global Health
  • Health Services

Courses in the Department of Epidemiology provide a rigorous introduction to observational studies and randomized controlled trials, primarily as they relate to the investigation of disease etiology, evaluation of diagnostic and screening tests, therapeutic intervention, and disease prognosis.

Courses in the Department of Biostatistics cover quantitative techniques for analyzing data from medical studies: statistics, principles of estimation and hypothesis testing, sample size, evaluation of statistical significance, and survival analysis.

Our School of Public Health (recently ranked #3 in the World) and Biomedical Graduate Schools offer our fellows opportunities for formal didactic training in clinical, translational, and basic research methods.