The MTM program is an intense year of coursework at both UC Berkeley and UCSF as well as hands-on projects. The curriculum is designed around three main content themes:
- Clinical Needs and Strategies
- 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.
The MTM program requires 24 semester units* of upper division and graduate courses.
- Engineering (at least 10 semester units or equivalent)
- Clinical needs and strategies (at least 6 semester units)
- Business, entrepreneurship and technology (at least 8 semester units or equiv)
The 6 units of the Capstone Course and 4 units of the Project Management course can be distributed between the Engineering and Clinical themes to help students customize their individual curriculum.
In addition to these required courses, the program requires at least 6 units* of graduate electives. These span topics ranging from business and public health to computer science and epidemiology. A broad list of approved electives gives an idea of possible curricula. In the event that a particular project or career goal would benefit from another course offered at either university, it is possible to work with the academic advisors to craft a suitable study list.
At the end of the year, all students participate in a special, invitation-only symposium to share the results of their capstone presentations.
*Since UC Berkeley is on a semester schedule and UCSF is on a quarter schedule, unit descriptions are different depending on campus. Semester units are equivalent to 1.5 quarter units. Unless campus is specified, units listed are semester units.