The Clinical Research Methods track in Biostatistics responds to a pressing need for advanced training in clinical research design and analysis. As medical school curricula become increasingly full and apprenticeship prospects wane, pathways to becoming a clinical researcher have narrowed. Our program offers a new option for talented-but-novice investigators who already have a doctoral degree to master the basic principles and scientific methods essential for conducting human research studies.
The 31-credit program can be completed within one year provided the candidate begins study during the summer semester of the first year. Part-time schedules are also available, with students completing the program within five years of the start date. Throughout their course of study, CRM students receive formal, rigorous training in skills that are critical to the design and analysis of research studies involving human subjects. Upon graduation, they receive a Master's of Science in Biostatistics.
Applicants to the program must hold a doctoral degree in a clinical discipline or public health field. Recent applicants have included physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals who desire careers or are actively engaged in clinical research. An applicant's undergraduate training should include a one-semester course in calculus.
Applications are due on April 15th to begin studies the following summer or fall. Critical evaluation of each application will involve in-depth review of all components of the Mailman School's application, including transcripts from college and graduate school; a curriculum vitae; a personal statement detailing the applicant's reasons for seeking clinical research training; and three letters of reference.