Translational Medicine (MTM)

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Degree Offered: Master of Translational Medicine (MTM)
Program Leadership:
Shuvo Roy, PhD, Faculty Director 
Verna Manty Rodriguez, Executive Director
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Program Description

The Master of Translational Medicine program (MTM) trains students to solve fundamental problems in healthcare technology innovation. Within the MTM, trainees gain experience solving real world problems in a creative, multi-disciplinary team setting.

A joint program between UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley, the MTM provides a unique combination of engineering, business, and clinical expertise. The program revolves around a professionally oriented, team-based capstone project experience with mentorship from academic leaders, clinical specialists, and industry professionals. Students join the learning communities on both campuses, taking elective classes in engineering, business, public health, and more.


The faculty director of the MTM program is Dr. Shuvo Roy. Numerous other faculty participate for specific courses or modules.

Career Outcomes

MTM graduates pursue several career paths after graduation, including as medical device engineers, biotech scientists, regulatory consultants, clinical trialists, entrepreneurs in start-ups, and other areas involved in bringing new health innovations to patients.

While the MTM is intended as a terminal degree, some graduates continue their education, typically pursuing MD or PhD degrees.

A number of MTM students are taking time out of their medical education, residency, or clinical practice to develop the skills for translating new ideas into products and processes for improved clinical outcomes.

The MTM program office at UCSF is located in Byers Hall on the Mission Bay campus. (At UC Berkeley, the office is in Stanley Hall.)

The MTM program is offered by the UCSF Graduate Division, administered jointly by the UCSF Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences and the UC Berkeley Bioengineering Department, and delivered by faculty members in the UCSF schools of medicine and pharmacy and in UCB's College of Engineering.

Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to train students in applying translational research and engineering approaches to solve fundamental problems in healthcare delivery. The program is focused on addressing real-world problems in a creative, interdisciplinary team setting.

The MTM program is an intense year of coursework designed around the main content themes of engineering, clinical needs and strategies, and business, entrepreneurship and technology. The centerpiece of the curriculum is the capstone project course. Complementing 10 months of work with external mentors, this class meets regularly to provide peer support, introduce concepts in translational medicine, and develop presentation skills.

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