Certificate Programs


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.

Online Program

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.

Contact Information









David Kent, MD
Program Director

Administrative Office
11th Floor, 35 Kneeland Street
Phone: 617-636-4999


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The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research