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Clinical and Translational Research Training

Education and Training for Clinical Investigators

The goal of this program is to provide education and training in clinical and translational research for clinicians and scientists. This program includes a Master of Science degree in Clinical Research (i.e. the Clinical Research track in MS-PREV) and a Certificate in Clinical Research.  In addition, there is a MS and PhD in Molecular Medicine with a track in Translational Research within the Graduate Program in Life Sciences. There are also PhD programs in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research and Pharmaceutical Sciences in the School of Pharmacy.  Finally, there is an Epidemiology concentration in the Master of Public Health program, for those interested in an MPH degree.

The intensity of formal training can vary from a certificate program (12 credits) to an MS degree (30 credits) to a PhD (up to 58 credits) depending on the background and needs of the student.‌

Certificate Program

Those enrolled in formal training programs will demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and attitudes.

  • Access and critically appraise research literature in medicine and related domains.
  • Form research question, operationalize variables.
  • Design and conduct a study that minimizes bias and confounding.
  • Design studies that can be applied to clinical practice
  • Respect and protect the rights and welfare of individuals participating in research.
  • Know when and how to use quantitative methods and understand the results.
  • Choose the appropriate sample size and power to test hypotheses.
  • Effectively collect and maintain study data.
  • Write a research grant proposal that will successfully compete for funding.
  • Evaluate and communicate study findings to scientific and lay audiences.
  • Manage a research team and build multidisciplinary collaborations.


The Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research at UMB course is open to all members of the UMB community though those enrolled in degree-granting or certificate programs will have priority. Admission to the degree granting and certificate programs is based on the criteria of the sponsoring program and the Graduate School.


Students accepted to the MS or Certificate in Clinical Research program will be assigned an advisor. If you are unsure of which program is most appropriate, please read the Frequently Asked Questions and contact Jonathan Shinnick at