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Program of Study

The degree requires 24 credits of graded course work and a research project for which 12 units of credit are given. Five courses (CRP 241, 242, 245, 253, and 254) constitute 16 credits that are required for all degree candidates (see Course Descriptions). The student’s clinical research activities provide the setting and the data for the project, which serves to demonstrate the student’s competence in the use of quantitative methods in clinical research. The program is designed for part-time study, which allows the fellow/student to integrate the program’s academic program with clinical training.

New Basic Science Track

Starting in the fall 2020, CRTP will launch the Basic Science Research Track (BSRT), a customized curriculum designed for physician scientists and trainees leading to a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research Degree.  The program prepares individuals for careers as physician scientists across a range of discovery sciences.  The curriculum includes new coursework that prepare researchers to: perform rigorous basic science; manage, analyze, and present data; oversee a laboratory; and successfully compete for research funding.

Graded Course Work

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1 Introduction to Statistical Methods* Principles of Clinical Research* Introduction to Medical Genetics Research Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research*
2 Statistical Analysis* Decision Sciences in Clinical Research Proteomics and Protein Biology in Medicine Research Managment*
3 Clinical Trials Health Services Research Introduction to Immunology in Clinical Research Research Professional Development
4 Systematic Reviews and Meta Analysis Clinical Research Seminar Research Project and Pro. Dev. - a Stepwise Approach Scientific Communication
5 Longitudinal Data Analysis Patient Reported Outcomes in Clinical Research
6 Stat. Methodology for Basic Research Concepts in Comparative Effectiveness Research
7 Machine Learning for Health Implementation and Dissemination of health Care Research *Core Course required for degree and certificate options.

Time Limitations

A degree candidate is expected to complete all requirements within six calendar years of matriculation. Degree credit for a course expires six years after the course is completed by the student; in this case, degree credit can be obtained only by retaking the course.


All courses within the Clinical Research Training Program utilize a Pass/Fail grading scale. In addition, an I (Incomplete) indicates that some portion of the student's work is lacking for a reason acceptable to the Course Director at the time grades are reported.  Each Course Director is required to make clear on their course syllabus how grades will be determined, what work in the course will be graded, and what standards will be applied.


An I (Incomplete) indicates that some portion of the student’s work is lacking for a reason acceptable to the instructor at the time grades are reported. Students will not be permitted to enroll in any course for which they have an unresolved Incomplete in a prerequisite course. A grade of Incomplete must be resolved no later than the end of the following academic semester, unless the course director specifies an earlier date by which the student must make up the deficiency. In exceptional circumstances, an Incomplete that is not resolved within the designated period may be extended for a specified period with the written approval of the course director and the program director. If an Incomplete is not resolved within the approved period, the grade of Incomplete converts to a Fail and becomes permanent.

Course Withdrawal

A course may be dropped at the student's discretion during the first three weeks of class; no grade is recorded and all tuition is refunded. If a course is dropped later in the term, no tuition is refunded and the status of the student at the time of withdrawal is designated by the Course Director and indicated on the permanent record as WP (Withdrew Passing) or WF (Withdrew Failing).

Course Failure

For degree candidates, receiving a single final course grade of fail (F) will  trigger an academic review by the Program Director. If a degree candidate receives two final course grades of F, the Program Director will convene a faculty review committee consisting of the Program Director and at least two other faculty members. The student will be invited to attend part of the meeting if desired – for example, to present additional information – but is not required to attend. The committee  recommendation will be reviewed by the Program Director. What happens next depends on the nature of the recommendation. If the recommendation is for dismissal, it will be reviewed by the Vice Dean of Medical Education as per the School of Medicine review procedures. The Vice Dean of Medical Education makes the final decision and communicates that decision to the student. Any appeals of that decision follow the policies of the School of Medicine. If the decision does not involve dismissal, the Program Director will convey the information to the student.

Fall - Year one

Introduction to Statistical Principles.

Principles of Clinical Research


Spring - Year One

Statistical Analysis

Research Ethics and the Responsible Conduct of Research

Research Management

Fall - Year Two



Spring - Year Two