Master of Medical Sciences in Clinical Investigation
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Earn a Master’s Degree at Harvard Medical School
Harvard Medical School’s Master of Medical Sciences in Clinical Investigation program is designed for professionals holding an MD, PhD, MBBS, MBBCh, or comparable degree currently working in clinical or translational research. Candidates from all over the world apply to this highly selective program; in fact, 80% of our students are from outside the U.S., enriching our program with their varied perspectives and experiences.
Upon graduating from this program, our students become independent investigators; go into industry as directors of research or chief medical officers; or advance in clinical science as translational doctors. Our program offers two customized learning tracks: a Clinical Investigation track and a Translational Investigation track. Within the Clinical Investigation track, we offer an additional choice between two pathways: the Comparative Research pathway and the Clinical Trials pathway. Across all tracks and pathways, students learn about ethical conduct, how to frame a research question, construct and test hypotheses, implement a study, analyze and interpret data, and communicate the results of their study. The concurrent mentored research experience requires the development and presentation of two published papers.
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Clinical Investigation Track
This track is co-led by Finnian R. Mc Causland and Ajay K. Singh, who both have extensive experience in observational research and clinical trials. The Clinical Investigation track allows customized learning for students through the pursuit of either a comparative research pathway or a clinical trials pathway.
Translational Investigation Track
This track is co-led by Harvard Medical School faculty Rosalyn Adam, PhD, and Martina McGrath, MBBCh, who both have extensive experience in bench and translational research. The Translational Investigation track aims to fill an unmet need in providing training for individuals pursuing a career in basic and/or translational research (i.e., in the T0 to T2 spectrum of translational investigation).