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Online course that offers an overview of clinical research and the T spectrum. Fundamentals of Clinical and Translational Research (FaCToR) - Online
At a glance
Opportunity for
  • Gaining a deeper understanding of the fundamental concepts of clinical and translational research
  • MPH, MD, PhD, DMD, or equivalent
Time commitment
  • 3-5 hours each week
  • Free for Harvard-affiliated institutions
  • CTSA member: $375.00
    (Note: this is a 25% discount off the standard fee.)
  • Non-CTSA member: $500.00
  • Cancellation and Refund Policy [PDF]
  • Course fees can be modified for participants unable to meet financial requirements due to their geographical location. Email us to inquire about potential eligibility.
Session dates
  • February 10 – May 5, 2021
Application due
  • 5:00pm on February 5, 2021

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:

"The teaching was excellent!"

"I really liked the course. I've always been very skeptical about internet courses, but I have to say this was excellent. I'm motivated to participate in other courses available through Harvard Catalyst.

"Many presenters with different backgrounds, perspectives and areas of expertise

"Extremely flexible, the course was designed to have all basic components included to jump start the fundamental understanding of clinical research.

"Excellent slides; Distinguished lecturers who made the topics easy to understand

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.