Prospective students

Program Description

Purpose

The TBMH programs have been designed to help address a national need for accelerating the pace of translation of biomedical discoveries into diagnostics, treatments, and cures, as well as their effective implementation. Major national organizations, such as the National Institutes of Health, Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, have called for new approaches to train biomedical and health scientists to achieve this goal, recognizing that today’s researchers must utilize interdisciplinary approaches, communicate across levels of inquiry, and be prepared for the diverse careers that drive today’s biomedical research enterprise.  Graduates of the TBMH programs will be well prepared to take on these challenges and become tomorrow’s scientific leaders.

Curriculum

All core coursework has all been specially designed for the TBMH degree. This coursework utilizes a model based on the integration of didactic lectures, instruction on research design and methodology, case studies, and self-directed learning, where students not only attain core knowledge, but also learn how to seek out the appropriate information, and apply this knowledge in a variety of contexts.

Through a combination of TBMH core and focus area-specific coursework, students will be trained to go deep at advanced levels in a particular area (just as in classic disciplines), but also to have the skills, confidence and intellectual breadth to identify today’s pressing health issues, and develop them in the framework and context of greater needs. This includes recognizing the likelihood of the adoption and application of translational discoveries, their cost, delivery, and related policy issues. 

 

Program Leadership


TBMH Program Co-Director

Audra Van Wart, Ph.D.
1 Riverside Circle
Roanoke, VA, 24016
avanwart@vt.edu


TBMH Program Co-Director

Steven Poelzing, Ph.D.
2 Riverside Circle
Roanoke, VA, 24016
poelzing@vt.edu


Program Support


TBMH Graduate Program Coordinator

Jay Read, M.Ed.
1 Riverside Circle
Roanoke, VA, 24016
jayread@vt.edu


TBMH Education Support Specialist

Becky Guynn, M.Ed.
1 Riverside Circle
Roanoke, VA, 24016
guynn@vt.edu