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Degree Programs

The Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) has developed customized degree programs and courses to meet the needs of biomedical researchers in every stage of their academic career. The degree programs emphasize the multidisciplinary nature of clinical and translational research and engage adult learners by focusing on applied approaches to building skills.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Clinical and Translational Science
  • The 72 credit PhD program is for clinical and translational researchers and prospective researchers who want a rigorous, advanced training program designed to enhance the capabilities of conducting high-quality clinical and translational studies.
  • The program will teach students advanced knowledge of concepts needed to conduct independent and innovative research.
  • To read more about the PhD in Clinical and Translational Science, click here.
Master of Science Programs
Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Research
  • This 30 credit MS program is for medical students, fellows, and faculty members who want intense training in the design and implementation of high-quality clinical research involving human subjects.
  • The degree is granted upon the completion of the following: the core curriculum in clinical research (10 credits); the Research Design and Development course (5 credits); course requirements for one of the specialty tracks focused on research methodologies; elective courses; and a final project or thesis.
  • MS students may also complete courses for an optional content specialization.
  • To read more about the MS in Clinical Research, click here.
Master of Science (MS) in Medical Education
  • This 30 credit MS program is for fellows and faculty members who are pursuing careers in medical education and clinical teaching and who want intense training in clinical education.
  • The degree is granted upon the completion of a tightly integrated curriculum with three components: (1) coursework plus observed teaching activities focusing on adult learning, classroom and clinical teaching skills, curriculum development, innovation in medical education, professional development, and medical administration; (2) additional courses to provide trainees with fundamental research skills; and (3) a project on curriculum development or a mentored research project.
  • To read more about the MS in Medical Education, click here.

"The core curriculum in medical education was a perfect match for me, with the medical education courses offered, the opportunities for improving my teaching skills, the access to an incredible number of faculty, and the basic training in clinical research."

—Graduate, MS in Medical Education


Certificate Programs
Certificate in Clinical Research
  • This 15 credit certificate program is for any level of trainee who wants to learn to design and conduct high-quality clinical research involving human subjects.
  • The certificate is granted upon completion of the core curriculum in clinical research (10 credits) and 5 additional credits of coursework approved by the program leaders.
  • To read more about the Certificate in Clinical Research, click here.
Certificate in Medical Education
  • This 15 credit certificate program is for students enrolled in doctoral programs in the schools of the health sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • The certificate requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework approved by the program director.
  • To read more about the Certificate in Medical Education, click here.
Certificate in Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER)
  • The Certificate in Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) Program is a multidisciplinary, comprehensive, and individualized training program that is designed for individuals who would like to obtain additional, specialized training in comparative effectiveness research.
  • The certificate requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework approved by the program director.
  • To read more about the Certificate in Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) Program, click here.
Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science for Doctoral Students in the Health Sciences
  • This certificate program is for students enrolled in doctoral programs in the schools of the health sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • The certificate program offers training in clinical and translational science methodology that complements doctoral coursework and research.
  • To read more about the Certificate in Clinical and Translational Research, click here.