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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Clinical & Translational Science

Tufts Medical Center

CTS Program Guide

The Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Program is designed for trainees who seek to affect the translation of research into improved clinical care and public health. The CTS Program offers a PhD Program, a Master's Program, and an in-person certificate option. In addition, there is an online Introduction to Health Economics and Outcomes Research. This menu of training options allows individuals with varying educational goals to develop their clinical research skills.

The PhD, MS, and classroom-based certificate programs are intended for individuals trained in the medical sciences, most commonly fully-trained physicians. Others with similar backgrounds (e.g., DDS, DVM or PharmD) or advanced biomedical or clinical degrees may also be considered.

The PhD Program in Clinical and Translational Science is coordinated with the MS in Clinical and Translational Science. Most doctoral trainees are admitted to the MS Program and must pass a qualifying examination to enter the PhD Program. Those who already have a MS in Clinical Research or an equivalent degree may apply for direct admission to the PhD program.

Students enrolled in the in-person Certificate Program may apply for admission to the MS program, and import their completed courses.

The Online Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) certificate is a self-contained 3 course, 5 credit introduction to the field of health economics and outcomes research. HEOR informs health care decision-making by allowing stakeholders, especially payers, health care providers, and patients, to understand the clinical, economic, and quality of life endpoints of various treatments and health care practices. Applicants for the Online HEOR Certificate Program should hold at least a bachelor’s degree. Professionals in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry (including departments such as HEOR, market access, commercial, and development), clinicians and other health care professionals, graduate degree holders, and graduate degree students are encouraged to apply. Details related to the curriculum and program structure of the HEOR certificate program can be found using this link: HEOR Program Curriculum & Structure.

Contact Information

David Kent, MD
Program Director

Elizabeth Leary
Senior Program Manager

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

Tufts Medical Center


The Tufts Clinical Translational Science Institute attacks problems in health-related research.