Clinical Research Education

The Clinical Research Education Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City offers exceptional training in clinical and translational research. Our goal is to provide training in patient-oriented clinical and translational research (didactic and experiential).

Having trained more than 200 outstanding candidates for successful careers in clinical/translational research, we offer programs that prepare individuals to be active facilitators in team science.

Why Choose a Career in Clinical Translational Research?

Clinical and translational science (and the pursuit of patient oriented research) is an entrepreneurial field that bridges the realm of basic research and the discipline of clinical medicine and population health in an effort to develop new, innovative solutions and treatments for human disease. The field of clinical translational research is broad, encompassing interventional clinical trials, outcomes and implementation research, health care delivery, clinical epidemiology, and behavioral research, offering a wealth of opportunities for contributing to the well being of society. The field is viewed by many important and influential funding, policy and research organizations including the National Institutes of Health, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Society of Clinical Investigation, as uniquely central to the critical mission of improving human health.

Our PhD program is designed for outstanding candidates interested in or actively pursuing a health profession and desiring a more intense educational experience to prepare for a career in clinical or translational research. The curriculum includes an intensive, full calendar year of didactic study followed by a mentored research experience and additional didactic study throughout the entire program.

You will be required to complete 66 credits of graduate study.

Learn how to apply to our PhD program and what is required to do so.

Program Structure
Find out how our program is organized and personalized.

PhD Tracks
As a PhD in Clinical Research student, you will choose a track based on your own interests. Find out what courses you will take in whichever track you choose.

  • Courses for Bench to Bedside Track
    In addition to core courses, this track focuses on the full spectrum of patient care, from biostatistics and epidemiology to the drug development process.

  • Courses for Outcomes Implementation Track
    This track hones your skills in longitudinal data and outcomes research methods beyond what our core courses deliver.

  • Clinical Trials Track
    Augmenting the core curriculum, this track trains you in clinical trial design, management, and interpretation.

Ideally designed to be completed in two years, our master’s program provides experiential education for outstanding candidates interested (or already working) in the health care professions. We instill the knowledge, skills, and experience to help you successfully launch careers in clinical and or translational research. The MSCR curriculum is based upon a core of 10 required graduate courses. You will typically take three courses per term (over 12 weeks), and finish the required courses during the first year of the program. In the second year, you will participate in a year long Clinical Research Journal Club which is designed to integrate prior coursework and foster methodologically rigorous critical thinking. A Works-In-Progress series provides you with a platform to develop presentation skills and to share proposed and ongoing thesis projects for feedback and refinement.

Learn about the MSCR requirements and how to apply.

Program Structure & Curriculum
See what the MSCR program entails.

Masters in Clinical Research Program Student Highlight
Meet one of our current MSCR students. Read about his accomplishments. See what’s possible.

CRTP is the more modest, one year, part-time certificate version of the MSCR program, including the same courses without the thesis requirement and second year research seminars. This may be particularly useful if you wish to gain an initial exposure to clinical translational science, or are pursuing clinical training in residency, fellowship, social work, or advanced practice nursing.

The PORTAL program is a highly selective, five year, dual degree (MD/MSCR) program that you may be eligible for if you have clinical research experience and want to establish a career foundation in translational research.

Our Clinical Research Education Program allows students to take individual courses (up to 12 credits) without matriculating into a degree program. To apply as a non-matriculated (non-degree seeking) student, you will need to complete an online application.

Program Leadership



  • Emilia Bagiella, PhD
    Professor, Population Health Science and Policy
    Co-Director, PhD in Clinical Research Program



Administrative Staff

  • Stephanie Wolfe
    Program Manager – Clinical Research Education Program 
    17 East 102nd Street, CAM Building 
    Tel: (212) 824-7359
    In-house extension: 5–7359