The Workforce Development (WD) Program houses most of the CTSI’s education and training activities. It ensures CTSI trainees acquire the core competencies needed to conduct multidisciplinary research and to integrate community priorities and input that information into research across the T1 to T4 spectrum.

The program aims to enable a diverse translational science workforce with the knowledge and skills requisite for translation of discoveries. Its three main objectives are to: (1) collaborate with the UCLA Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) and NIH Diversity Program, Coordination and Evaluation Center (CEC) to prepare diverse faculty, staff and trainees from all partner institutions involved in clinical research to conduct investigations in compliance with Good Clinical Practice (GCP); (2) equip UCLA’s scientific workforce with informatics-based skills, including cohort discovery and computational methods, to support learning health systems throughout the CTSI institutions; and (3) promote the translational impact of CTSI biomedical faculty, postdoctoral and graduate students through a focused, cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship training program.

The Workforce Development Program integrates with the CTSI KL2 training program for junior faculty and the TL1 training programs for pre-doctoral, post-doctoral and health professional students. This is accomplished through externships in industry, government and the not-for-profit health sectors as well as lectures and coursework offered by the Training Program in Translational Science, Health Policy & Management, Bioinformatics, and the National Clinician Scholars Program. 

The Workforce Development Program interacts closely with the CTSI Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) Program, the CTSI Integrating Special Populations Program, the CTSI Informatics Program, the CTSI Population Health Program, the CTSI Team Science Program, and the CTSI Community Engagement and Research Program, each of which offer separate education and training activities.

For more information, please visit the Workforce Development webpage.

Last updated
January 5, 2024