The Certificate Programs in Clinical & Translational Science offer two distinct options for individuals interested in clinical research who are unable to devote two years of full-time study to obtain the MS degree: a traditional classroom-based Certificate, and the online Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research Certificate.
Traditional Classroom-Based Program
The traditional classroom-based Certificate Program, which shares coursework with the MS Program, is 8 credits, and is compatible with a part-time commitment of one academic year of study.
The curriculum includes a specially designed course in biostatistics, as well as Ethics of Clinical Investigation and materials on IRB and Scientific Review. Students develop a brief research protocol and conduct mentored research throughout the year of training. Presentation of a poster describing the research at the program symposium is required for completion of the Certificate Program.
The Program specifically targets junior faculty of Tufts-affiliated hospitals, as well as fellows in training, or mid-career clinicians who are considering a career change and want to strengthen their clinical research skills.
The Online Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research Certificate is a blended learning online-only program that consists of 3 courses (2.5 credits) taken over one year. Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Clinical Care Research coursework combines a variety of synchronous and asynchronous pedagogical technologies to effectively engage adult learners.
Note that these online courses do not transfer to any other CTS program at Tufts.