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)
Funding level
  • Tuition-free
    Fee for external participants (non-Harvard and non-CTSA affiliates). Please email us for more information.
Session dates
  • April 19 - June 28, 2017
Application Due
  • 5:00pm on March 13, 2017
Endorsements Due
  • 5:00pm on March 15, 2017
Note: The application process is closed. Please check back for future opportunities.
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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 19, 2017 - 9:00am-12:00pm - Introduction and Overview
  • May 3, 2017 - 9:00am-12:00pm - Biostatistical consultations
  • May 17, 2017 - 9:00am-12:00pm - Biostatistical consultations
  • May 31, 2017 - 9:00am-12:00pm - Ethics and IRB Workshop
  • June 14, 2017 - 9:00am-12:00pm - Biostatistical consultations
  • June 28, 2017 - 9:00am-12:00pm - Final course participant presentations

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

Harvard Catalyst's Postgraduate Education Program offers first priority to applicants who are current students, faculty, or employees of Harvard University, its ten schools, or its seventeen Academic Healthcare Centers, or students at Boston College School of Nursing, MIT, or Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. A complete list of participating institutions can be found on the About Harvard Catalyst page. External applicants are accepted for a fee when space is available. For additional details, please email us.

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