The Clinical Investigation curriculum was created to provide didactic instruction in topics that are relevant and critical to all clinical research. Clinical Investigation courses are open to scholars participating in affiliated Washington University graduate or post graduate programs, and to individuals with a post-graduate degree in medicine or health who are employees of a partner institution.

Core curriculum

All MSCI Scholars must complete at least 20 core credits:

  • M17 CLNV 510 Ethical and Legal Issues in Clinical Research (2 credits)
  • M17 CLNV 522 Introduction to Statistics for Clinical Research (3 credits)
  • M17 CLNV 524 Intermediate Statistics for the Health Sciences (3 credits)
  • M17 CLNV 528 Grantsmanship (2 credits) OR
    M17 CLNV 529 Scientific Writing and Publishing (2 credits)
  • M17 CLNV 5140 MTPCI Research Seminar (4 credits required, 1 credit per semester)
  • M17 CLNV 5110 Mentored Independent Research (6-8 credits)

    See course descriptions »

Required concentration courses

In addition to the required core curriculum (see above), each concentration has additional course requirements. Learn more about available concentrations.

Quick overview: Compare each concentration’s requirements (PDF) »

Clinical Investigation
  1. Core course requirements (20-22 credits)
  2. Concentration-specific course requirements (6 credits)
    • Designing Outcomes and Clinical Research (M17-513)
    • Advanced Methods for Clinical and Outcomes Research (M17-589)
  3. Electives (6 credits)

Translational Medicine
  1. Core course requirements (20-22 credits)
  2. Concentration-specific course requirements (9 credits)
    • Designing Outcomes and Clinical Research (M17-513)  OR
      Randomized Controlled Trials (M19-550)
    • Bench Fundamentals (M17-533)
    • 3 credits of DBBS Fundamentals Courses (L41-TBD)
  3. Electives (3-6 credits)
Genetics/Genomics
  1. Core course requirements (20-22 credits)
  2. Concentration-specific course requirements (6 credits)
    • Introduction to Biomedical Informatics I (M17-5302)
    • 3 credits Genetics/Genomics Related Courses (TBD)
  3. Electives (6 credits)
Dissemination and Implementation
  1. Core course requirements (20-22 credits)
  2. Concentration-specific course requirements (6 credits)
    • Dissemination and Implementation: Basic Science (M17-540)
    • Dissemination and Implementation: Methods, Metrics, and Measures (M17-XXX)
  3. Electives (6 credits)
    • Developing and Evaluating Implementation Strategies in Health and Social Science (M17-XXX)

Thesis requirement

Scholars are required to complete a research paper submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal in order to obtain the MSCI degree or for completion of the thesis requirement of their CRTC program. 

Scholars also have the option of two new entrepreneurial-focused thesis options.

Learn more about the thesis requirement »


Questions? Email us at crtcmsci@wustl.edu