Programs & Curriculum
The CTS Program offers three different training options, a PhD program, an MS program and a Certificate Program. Descriptions of the requirements and courses for each program can be found in the Sackler catalog.
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.
The Master's Program is a two year, full time program and also serves as the entry portal for the PhD Program in Clinical & Translational Science.
The MS Program offers students the option of choosing among 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 CTS faculty has expertise across this spectrum.
Graduates of the MS program typically become academic physicians whose careers involve research as well as patient care.
The Certificate Program in Clinical & Translational Science is designed for individuals interested in clinical research who are unable to devote two years of full-time study to obtain the MS degree.
The Certificate Program is classroom-based and shares coursework with the MS Program. The program required completion of eight 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.