Program Structure & Curriculum

The curriculum for the PhD in Clinical Research degree includes an intensive, full calendar year of didactic study followed by a mentored research experience and additional didactic study throughout the entire period of the program. You are required to complete 66 credits of graduate study. We offer three tracks within the program:

  1. Translational Research: Bench to Bedside
  2. Population, Outcomes and Implementation Research
  3. Clinical Trials Research

Within the context of these specific tracks, you may choose to develop an area of concentration or focus, developing specific expertise in:

  •  General Clinical Research
  •  Health Services Research & Health Policy Research
  •  Behavioral Research & Cognitive Tools
  •  Biostatistics: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
  •  Epidemiology: Basic, Molecular and Clinical
  •  Informatics & Bioinformatics
  •  Outcomes Research
  •  Ethics
  •  Genomics & Personalized Medicine
  •  Drug Development
  •  Clinical Trials Research
  •  Translational Science

These areas of special focus build upon strengths reflective of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and Mount Sinai’s Institutes and Departments.

PhD Program Requirements

In order to attain your PhD in Clinical Research, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of coursework
  • Forming of a Multidisciplinary Advisory Committee (MAC)
  • Passing the written qualifying exam
  • Gaining approval of both your written thesis proposal and oral presentation of that proposal by the MAC, so that you may proceed with your dissertation research
  • Successful dissertation defense as deemed by your MAC