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Clinical Scientist Training Program

Houston, Texas

The Alkek Building at Baylor College of Medicine
Clinical Scientist Training Program
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Program Overview

The Clinical Scientist Training Program offers Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in clinical investigation through the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. It also independently awards a Certificate of Added Qualification in clinical investigation (one year program).

Clinical investigation is here defined as hypothesis-driven, patient-oriented research on human subjects (or on material of human origin, such as tissues), in conjunction with laboratory measurements as appropriate, in clinical biology, natural history, prevention, screening, diagnosis, therapeutic interventions, clinical trials, epidemiology of disease, behavior, mechanism of disease, and the efficacy and effectiveness of health care delivery (outcomes research and health services research). Included in this definition is "translational" research, which bridges the application of information between the laboratory and new methods of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention and is thus essential to our progress against diseases. Excluded from the definition are in vitro studies that utilize human tissue but do not deal directly with patients.

Both the Ph.D. and M.S. programs are designed for individuals with a significant commitment to clinical research. The Ph.D. degree will take four-five years, and the M.S., two-three years. In addition to fulfilling the course requirements, students will write a K-23 research proposal that will be developed into a thesis. The Certificate of Added Qualification is designed for people who are interested in an introduction to clinical research but cannot commit the time for an in-depth study. The program duration is one year.

Core Courses:

  • Fundamentals of Clinical Investigation
  • Clinical Investigation for the Career Scientist
  • Seminar Series
  • Electives (usually starting with Intermediate Biostatistics at the UT School of Public Health)

Fundamentals of Clinical Investigation is offered in July every year. This is an introductory course ideal for fellows, junior faculty and other health-care professionals who require an introduction to clinical investigation. It is not necessary to be registered in the program to participate in this course.

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