Core Courses

Students are required to successfully complete nine credit-bearing courses, attend mandatory seminar sessions throughout the program, and complete a thesis. Students are also required to complete the online, not for credit course, Public Health 1001.  In addition to the Master’s in CTR core course requirements and the online course, students will choose two electives, and work with their academic advisor to design an educational plan that reflects their interests and career goals. Students are required to develop an academic portfolio, in which they should explore a topic of interest in clinical and translational research. Full-time students generally take 4.5 courses per year over two years.  Coursework done for credit as a non-degree student may be counted toward the Masters in CTR degree with the approval of the CTR Masters Program Director.

Master's in CTR Core Requirements

Students in the Masters in Clinical and Translational Research program are required to complete the following core course requirements:

Students must take one of the following two courses:

  • Introduction to Methods in Epidemiologic Research (PHP2120)
  • Foundations in Epidemiologic Research Methods (PHP 2150)

Biostatistics and Applied Data Analysis

Students must complete a year-long, two-course sequence in biostatistics/applied data analysis; this requirement can be fulfilled by taking one of two different course sequences::

  • Biostatistics and Data Analysis I (PHP 2507)
  • Biostatistics and Data Analysis II (PHP 2508)


  • Principles of Biostatistics and Data Analysis (PHP 2510)
  • Applied Regression Analysis (PHP 2511)

Advanced Research Methods

Students must take two of the following advanced methods courses:

  •  Statistical Programming in R (PHP 1560/2560)​
  • Clinical Trials Methodology (PHP 2030)
  • Survey Research Methods (PHP 2040)
  • Qualitative Methods in Health Research (PHP 2060)
  • Interpretation and Application of Epidemiology (PHP 2180)
  • Medicare: A Data-Based Policy Examination (PHP 2410E)
  • Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine (PHP 2415)
  • Analysis of Population-Based Datasets (PHP 2430)
  • Introduction to Health Decision Analysis (PHP 2465A)

Scientific Writing

  • Research Grant Writing for Public Health​ (PHP 2090)

Topics in Clinical, Translational and Health Services Research

Students must enroll in this half-credit course two times to fulfill the one-credit requirement:

  • Topics in Clinical, Translational and Health Services Research (PHP 2470) (half credit)

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