10-week hybrid (in-person/online) course on the design & implementation of clinical trials Clinical Trial Design (CTD)
At a glance
Opportunity for
Fellows and junior faculty
  • with a research question in the early or mid-stages of study design
  • planning to develop a protocol, and seeking personalized biostatistics guidance
  • MD, PhD, DMD, DNP, or equivalent
  • Hypothesis and specific aims ready for development
Time commitment
  • A combination of online and in-person course work over ten weeks with six mandatory in-person meetings (details below)
  • Free for Harvard-affiliated institutions
  • CTSA member: $1650.00
  • Non-CTSA member: $2200.00
Session dates
  • April 10 - June 19, 2019
Application due
  • 5:00pm on March 6, 2019
The application process is closed.

Clinical Trial Design (CTD) is an opportunity for new clinical investigators, who have an idea for development of a clinical trial, to participate in an intensive ten-week course. Participants will learn the fundamentals of clinical trial design, including instructions on how to design a protocol, information on IRB and regulatory topics, and on trial implementation. Additional course topics include statistical analysis, budgeting, and data management.

Course faculty, including biostatisticians, will provide personalized guidance to participants in creating a complete protocol design and template by the completion of the course.

There are six mandatory in-person meetings (Longwood Medical Area):

  • April 10, 2019 - 9:00am-12:00pm - Introduction and Overview
  • April 24, 2019 - 9:00am-12:00pm - Biostatistical Consultations
  • May 8, 2019 - 1:00pm-4:00pm - Ethics Workshop Day
  • May 22, 2019 - 9:00am-12:00pm - Biostatistical Consultations
  • June 5, 2019 - 9:00am-12:00pm - Biostatistical Consultations
  • June 19, 2019 - 9:00am-12:00pm - Final Course Participant Presentations

Estimated time over 10 weeks:
Online: 8 hours
In-person: 18 hours

Harvard Catalyst's Education Program offers first priority to applicants who are current Harvard students, faculty, or current employees of Harvard University, its fifteen schools, and its nineteen academic healthcare centers.

Applicants not from an institution affiliated with Harvard Catalyst are accepted for a fee when space is available. For additional details, please email course administrators.

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.