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Programs & Curriculum

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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 GSBS catalog.

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.

MS Program

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.

Certificate Program in Clinical & Translational Science

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.

Online Certificate Program in Health Economics and Outcomes Research

The field of health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) has become increasingly important. Providing affordable health care while maintaining the best possible health outcomes is a challenge to all governments and health care payers. This is especially true in the United States, which spends almost twice as much per capita compared to other high income countries, yet has substantially poorer health outcomes. Major drivers of the spending gap include higher administrative costs and the higher prices of devices and pharmaceuticals in the US.

As health care becomes more complex, health care decisions can be improved by combining information from economic analyses (health economics) and vital clinical data on patients (outcomes research) to evaluate health care value. 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. Individuals seeking an introduction to HEOR, including professionals in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, clinicians and other health care professionals, graduate degree holders, and graduate degree students, are encouraged to apply.

Contact Information

David Kent, MD
Program Director


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

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