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The graduate program in Clinical and Translational Research helps students become well-versed in foundational aspects of research methods as well as essential clinical research methods. In addition, the program aims to prepare students with skills in project design and associated grant preparation, effective communication of research results and emerging powerful tools for clinical investigation.

Clinical and translational research, and systems medicine/biosciences, are becoming increasingly central approaches to understanding and addressing barriers to health and healthcare. While there are several mechanisms that support mentored research training for subspecialty fellows and junior faculty, clinical and translational research increasingly requires focused, rigorous, and targeted didactic training.

Our program is committed to preparing our graduates for careers as clinical faculty in academic medical centers; as investigators in the pharmaceutical or medical device industries; as employees of clinical research organizations or federal agencies, or to support oversight roles within academic organizations, such as membership in Institutional Review Boards or directorship of accredited specialty/subspecialty training programs.  See more at:  http://georgetownhowardctsa.org/education

Note:  An M.S. degree program is offered as well as a non-degree Certificate program.  The following information is for the M.S. degree program.  Information about the Certificate program is located at the bottom of this page.

Degrees Offered

  • M.S. is offered full-time and part-time.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2019

              November 1, 2018

Fall 2019

              May 15, 2019

Application Requirements

Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions Application Procedures page and the Admissions Requirements Checklist.

PROGRAM ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Please be sure to review the program's website for additional information on program application requirements.

Application Materials required:

  • Online Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose: A personal statement to include your past exposure to Clinical and Translational Research(CTR); your reasons for interest in the program; statement of interest in multidisciplinary CTR research; your career goals; and how this program help you attain your career goals.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Official Transcripts - required from all institutions from which the applicant has or will earn a degree (undergraduate, graduate, and/or associates) by the time of matriculation at Georgetown; unofficial non-degree coursework transcripts should be uploaded directly to the online application
  • Official Recommendations (3) (including from current/prospective chiefs/chairs and research mentors).
  • TOEFL/IELTS (please see below)

All applicants who did not receive an undergraduate degree or higher from a school where English was the primary language of instruction must submit either a TOEFL/IELTS score. The minimum TOEFL score for admission to a biomedical graduate program is 550 (paper test) and 80 (Internet-based test). The minimum IELTS score for admission is 7.0.

In addition, although each applicant is considered on an individual basis, admission requirements are as follows:

  • A bachelor's degree in any field.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required, but students who have taken either the GRE or MCAT may send in their scores to the address below if desired.

Select candidates will be invited to a group interview day, after complete applications have been reviewed.

PLEASE NOTE:  THIS PROGRAM IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THE ISSUANCE OF STUDENT IMMIGRATION DOCUMENTS.

Official transcripts should be mailed to the following address: 

Georgetown Biomedical Graduate Education
Attn: Credentials - (Clinical & Translational Research)
Box 571411-M
SE108 Medical-Dental Building
3900 Reservoir Road, N.W.
Washington, DC  20057-1411

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY: TOEFL / IELTS

All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English). All other applicants must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without GRE/GMAT (unless waived) and TOEFL/IELTS (if applicable) scores.

TOEFL: A minimum score of 600 (paper-based test) or 100 (iBT test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The Georgetown University Biomedical Graduate Education TOEFL score reporting code is B191.  TOEFL information: http://www.ets.org/toefl/ 

IELTS: A minimum score of 7.5 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information: http://www.ielts.org

Degree Requirements

Terms:  3 term program

Credits:  33 credits

Part-time Option:  Yes

              For more information on degree requirements, please visit the program website.

Leadership:

Jason G. Umans, MD, PhD

Contact:

Cyndi Campbell, Administrative Director

COURSE INFORMATION & DESCRIPTIONS:

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS:

The main components of the M.S. in Clinical and Translational Research degree program are as follows:

(Core) Required Courses

  • Research Ethics & Human Subjects (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Biostatistics in Clinical Research (3 credits)
  • Study and Clinical Trial Design (2 credits)
  • Project Development in Clinical Research (1 credit)
  • Epidemiologic Methods (3 credits)
  • Core Clinical Research Seminars (1 credit)
  • Clinical Research Administration (3 credits)
  • Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (3 credits)
  • Capstone Project (3-6 credits)

Capstone Project

Each student will complete and present a mentored capstone project, which will be submitted to and approved by the student’s advisor and by the Program Director prior to being undertaken, preferably by the first half of the second term of study, and will be presented in a final term, program-wide poster/discussion session. Capstone projects can take several forms, individualized to the student’s research activities and goals, but based in a clear and evaluable manner on the competencies developed in the MS CTR course of study, including 1) critical review of the literature, 2) development of clear and testable hypotheses, 3) selection of appropriate methods and of a rigorous (data) analysis plan, 4) attention to human subjects research ethics considerations, and 5) clarity of presentation and of responses to questions.

Areas of Concentration:

-Mechanistic and Biomedical Research

This area of concentration appropriate for trainees interested in how discoveries and findings from basic research can be turned into studies of human subjects. It offers students the opportunity to focus on the concepts, methods and tools in translational research.

-Clinical Trials and Research

This area of concentration provides training related to the design and analysis of clinical studies, both observational and treatment trials. Students are encouraged to develop a protocol for a study involving human subjects or to participate in such a study and analyze the results. This could serve as basis for the capstone project. The advisor and program faculty will work with each student to identify an appropriate mentor and project.

-Health Services & Community Engagement

This area of concentration provides training that focuses on the importance of health and diversity in our community through community engagement and community-participatory research. 

 

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CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

The graduate certificate program in Clinical and Translational Research helps students become well-versed in foundational aspects of research methods as well as essential clinical research methods. The program aims to prepare students with skills in project design and associated grant preparation, effective communication of research results and emerging powerful tools for clinical investigation.

In addition to foundational instruction in Biostatistics, Experimental Design, Research Ethics, and Clinical Research Administration, students will have the opportunity take elective courses in Epidemiologic Methods, Bioinformatics, Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health, Core Clinical and Translational Research Seminars, Elimination of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health, Introduction to Regulatory Science, Aspects of Drug Development, and/or in a directed readings or independent study project. This option provides students the opportunity to develop an individualized course concentration focused in an area of clinical or translational research which suits their own activities and goals.  Thus, students will be well prepared for both collaborative and independent research, where graduate level interdisciplinary training in research methods is crucial.

The graduate program in Clinical and Translational Research program offers flexible class scheduling that focuses on online and evening meeting times.

CERTIFICATE Application Deadlines

Spring 2018
          November 1, 2017

Fall 2018  
          May 15, 2018

CERTIFICATE Application Requirements

Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions Application Procedures page and the Admissions Requirements Checklist.

CERTIFICATE ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Please be sure to review the program's website for additional information on program application requirements.

Application Materials required:

  • Online Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose (a statement of interest in multidisciplinary CTR research; your career goals; and how this program help you attain your career goals)
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Official Transcripts (all prior institutions)
  • Official Recommendations (2) (including from current/prospective chiefs/chairs and research mentors if relevant).
  • TOEFL/IELTS (please see below)

All applicants who did not receive an undergraduate degree or higher from a school where English was the primary language of instruction must submit either a TOEFL/IELTS score. The minimum TOEFL score for admission to a biomedical graduate program is 550 (paper test) and 80 (Internet-based test). The minimum IELTS score for admission is 7.0.

In addition, although each applicant is considered on an individual basis, admission requirements are as follows:

A bachelor's degree in any field.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required, but students who have taken either the GRE or MCAT may send in their scores to the address below if desired.

Select candidates will be invited to a group interview day, after complete applications have been reviewed.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THE ISSUANCE OF STUDENT IMMIGRATION DOCUMENTS.

Official transcripts should be mailed to the following address: 

Georgetown University
Office of Biomedical Graduate Education
Box 571411-M
SE 108-A Medical-Dental Building
3900 Reservoir Road, N.W
Washington, DC 20057-1411

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY: TOEFL / IELTS

All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English). All other applicants must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without GRE/GMAT (unless waived) and TOEFL/IELTS (if applicable) scores.

TOEFL: A minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (iBT test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL information: http://www.ets.org/toefl/ 

IELTS: A minimum score of 7.0 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information: http://www.ielts.org

CERTIFICATE Requirements

Terms:  two-term program

Credits:  16 credits

Part-time Option:  Yes

For more information on degree requirements, please visit the program website at: http://georgetownhowardctsa.org/education/degree-programs

Leadership:

Jason G. Umans, MD, PhD

Contact:

Cyndi Campbell, Administrative Director

CERTIFICATE COURSE INFORMATION:

The main components of the Certificate in Clinical Translational Research program are as follows:

(Core) Required Courses
  • Research Ethics & Human Subjects (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Biostatistics in Clinical Research (3 credits)
  • Study and Clinical Trial Design (2 credits)
  • Clinical Research Administration (3 credits)
  • Directed Reading/Independent  Study Project (1-3 credits)
Sample of Electives Courses
  • Epidemiologic Methods (3 credits)
  • Core Clinical and Translational Research Seminars (1 credit)
  • Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (3 credits)
  • Elimination of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Regulatory Science (2 credits)
  • Independent Study Project (1-2 credits)