A two-year master's training program in clinical and translational research. Master's Program in Clinical and Translational Investigation
At a glance
Opportunity for
  • Clinicians and researchers seeking to strengthen their knowledge in the conduct of C/T investigation.
  • MD, DMD, and/or PhD
  • Must be in a Harvard-based training program or a faculty member (first year) and working with a Harvard-based mentor
  • MD applicants in clinical training programs must have no more than 25 percent effort allocated to non-research activities during the two-year program.
  • Applicant must provide a letter from department chair or division chief guaranteeing at least 75 percent protected time and salary support over the two-year period.
Time commitment
Funding level
  • Tuition
Session dates
  • July 2014 - May 2016
Application Due
  • 5:00pm on January 10, 2014
  • All applicants will be notified of their status via email.
Note: The application process is closed. Please check back for future opportunities.

The Master's Program in Clinical and Translational Investigation (MPCTI) at HMS is a two-year postdoctoral degree program consisting of didactic course work and a mentored clinical/translational (C/T) research project with a Harvard-based mentor.

The program is organized as follows:

  • A summer curriculum for first-year trainees (July 7 - August 1, 2014) focusing on study design, biostatistics, clinical trials, bioethics, and responsible conduct of research
  • Additional required coursework in (1) clinical pharmacology, (2) biostatistics, (3) clinical trials or advanced omic technologies (genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, transcriptomics), and (4) a project-based course at Harvard Business School
  • A weekly longitudinal seminar
  • A mentored C/T research project with a Harvard-based mentor
  • Optional cross-registration opportunities

View the two-year curriculum. [PDF]

A written thesis and oral thesis defense presentation at the end of the two-year period of study are required.

Pathway to Independence Program

Learn about the formal link between the MPCTI and the KL2/Catalyst Medical Research Investigator Training program.