PhD Program


Trainees typically enter the PhD Program following admission to the MS Program and completion of didactic work and a qualifying exam. Trainees who have a MS in Clinical Research or an equivalent degree may apply directly to the PhD program.

Trainees in the PhD program may select from three areas of concentration: Clinical Discovery and Investigation, Clinical Effectiveness Research, and Practice to Policy Research.  Other areas of strength are training in predictive modeling, translational and molecular epidemiology, decision analysis, and cost effectiveness studies. The diverse faculty exposes students in depth to each of these areas and allows them to pursue doctoral research that matches their clinical interests.

PhD graduates of the program are well-prepared for a career in academic medicine that involves significant research.

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