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Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation


All fellows will have the opportunity to obtain a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) from the Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  

The MSCI is an outstanding fit for training research fellows, as the program is intended for individuals already trained in the medical sciences as well as others with relevant scientific backgrounds and experiences who desire further training in research design and methodology.  

Trainees will be grounded in the principles of clinical investigation with a flexible interdisciplinary focus that provides curriculum tailored to their needs and interests as emerging researchers aspiring to independence as clinical investigators.  

Fellows will be encouraged to enter the MSCI degree program to obtain foundational research skills. However, it is understood that PhD fellows may not benefit from the program since they will have obtained these critical research skills during their doctorate training; therefore, they may opt out from the MSCI degree program.  

Fellows pursuing a MSCI will be required to satisfactorily complete 36 credits. This includes a core curriculum, elective courses, and the satisfactory completion of thesis research. For the satisfactory completion of a thesis, fellows are expected to design a research project, defend a formal proposal, perform the described study, and prepare a scholarly scientific paper on the principal study findings. The initial thesis project and final write-up of the research project must be approved by the student’s Thesis Committee. An oral presentation of their study findings is also required. Fellows will be encouraged to apply their primary or secondary research project to fulfill their thesis requirement.  

Formal Coursework 

Fellows will complete formal coursework at UMass Chan Medical School. All fellows will be required to complete the following health equity related courses: CTS 608 Community Engagement in Research; CTS 729 Social Epidemiology; CTS 711 Special Topics in Epidemiology - Race, Racism, and Health; and CTS 734 Place and Health. Of note, courses related to responsible conduct of research and reproducibility will also be required. The table below includes coursework suggested for trainees. 





CTS 605A Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology 

CTS 602A Advanced Epidemiology & Research Methods 

CTS 602B Advanced Epidemiology & Research Methods 

CTS 901 Thesis Research 

CTS 871 Pre-thesis Research 

CTS 603A Generalized Linear Models 

CTS 603B Statistical Methods for Survival and Longitudinal Data Analysis 

CTS 720 Health Literacy in Research and Practice  


CTS 702 Ethics for Clinical Research 

CTS 729 Social Epidemiology 


CTS 871 Pre-thesis Research 

CTS 871 Pre-thesis Research 


CTS 611 Scientific Writing 

CTS 608 Community Engagement in Research 

CTS 701 Systematic Review 

CTS 802 MSCI Journal Club 

CTS 711 Advanced Topics in Epidemiology 

CTS 716 Advanced Analytics Methods in Health Outcome Studies 

CTS 867 TRAC Meeting 

CTS 901 Thesis Research 

CTS 901 Thesis Research 

CTS 901 Thesis Research 

CTS 875 Grant Writing  



CTS 729 Social Epidemiology 



CTS 731 Behavioral Determinants 

CTS 734 Place and Health