Course Goals

  • Identify the domains of C/T research
  • Understand the application of the major components of C/T research
  • Identify the core issues related to establishing a career as a C/T researcher

Fundamentals & Applications of Clinical and Translational Research (FaCToR) offers an overview of the concepts of clinical/translational research through the dynamic and interactive medium of online learning. As a selected participant of this online course, you will learn about the spectrum of clinical and translational research from first-in-human studies to healthcare interventions implemented on a population level.

Course participants will learn the research methods used across the spectrum of clinical and translational research, including:

  • Designing rigorous research studies
  • Selecting appropriate tools for data acquisition and storage
  • Identifying and addressing ethical issues
  • Operating within regulatory frameworks
  • Communicating your findings to colleagues and leaders in the field
  • Funding your research

In addition, participants will engage with colleagues, teaching fellows, and faculty through online discussion and other media.

What your colleagues are saying about this course:

“I understand the terminology in C/T research better now, so I will be able to be more specific in the future when writing proposals.”

“This course gave me a better understanding of a whole variety of things. For example, I am now familiar with topics as diverse as knowing what kinds of grants are available for young researchers, to understanding the statistics of comparative effectiveness interventions.”

“The part of this course that will influence my work the most is the advice about designing a study and communicating the findings. In particular, I really appreciated learning how to navigate the process of publishing a paper in a journal.”

“I can use the knowledge I gained with this course in my future career.”

Session dates

February 1, 2023 – April 26, 2023

Time commitment

Self-paced online videos and course work over 4 months

Application due

January 18, 2023 at 5pm EST


Gaining a deeper understanding of the fundamental concepts of clinical and translational research.

We believe that the research community is strengthened by understanding how a number of factors including gender identity, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, culture, religion, national origin, language, disability, and age shape the environment in which we live and work, affect each of our personal identities, and impacts all areas of human health.


MPH, MD, PhD, DMD, or equivalent


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The Harvard Catalyst Education Program is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Harvard Catalyst Education Program’s policy requires full participation and the completion of all activity surveys to be eligible for CME credit; no partial credit is allowed.