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NCATS Online Course in Translational Science in the COVID-19 Pandemic Jan 31–March 18

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Course Dates: January 31 to March 18

Enhance your translational science skills this spring with a seven-week online course, MEDI 502: Translational Science in the COVID-19 Pandemic — Accelerating and Enhancing Our Response Across Preclinical, Clinical and Population Health Research.)

This class is open to the public and is being offered by NCATS’ Education Branch in partnership with the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES). Registration for the course is open. Please note that if you do not already have an FAES account, you will be required to create one before you can complete the course registration. You will experience a short wait time after submitting the form while FAES reviews the information submitted for account registration. After this review, your account will be activated and you will receive an email with the subject “Welcome to FAES.” You then will be able to register for MEDI 502.


The course describes in detail a range of recent and ongoing research activities — from preclinical to clinical to population health — that were led or supported by NCATS in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this lens, the course teaches students effective approaches and strategies in translational science that have been key to the success of these efforts and are generalizable to other translational research activities.

Students will learn about the myriad ways NCATS is contributing to research to address the COVID-19 pandemic and will leave the course equipped with a set of wide-ranging translational science strategies they can apply in their future work in translational research.

Time Requirement

This one-credit course requires a time commitment of about one hour per week to listen to course lectures and additional time to complete course readings and other short assignments.

Course Goals

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Identify key translational science challenges in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Identify effective translational science approaches NCATS has utilized to address multiple aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic that span preclinical, clinical and public health translational research.
  • Explain how the translational science approaches NCATS utilized in the context of a variety of projects related to COVID-19 could be applied broadly to research focused on other diseases and conditions.
  • Reflect on the translational science principles highlighted throughout the course and how these relate to one’s own (current or future) work and career sector.
  • Learn about the partnerships and collaborations needed to advance translational research, as well as legal approaches that help establish effective partnerships.

Learn More

For more information about the Advisory Council, visit the NCATS Advisory Council