MS in Clinical Research (CRSP)

CRSP Program Overview - MS in Clinical Research Type A (Thesis) and Type B (Capstone/Internship/Practicum)

The Case Western Reserve University's Clinical Research Scholars Program offers a Master's in Clinical Research through two pathways:

  1. Type A (Thesis)
  2. Type B (Capstone/Internship/Practicum).

Both pathways are flexible two-to four-year Master's programs which provide rigorous didactic education in clinical research methods coupled with either an in-depth mentored investigative thesis (Type A Pathway) or hands-on experience in conducting clinical research through a Capstone Project (Type B Pathway).

  • CRSP Type A Pathway was designed to prepare a new generation of clinical investigators for leadership roles in academia, government, and industry. 
  • CRSP Type B Pathway was created for individuals who may not be playing the role of principal investigator on a clinical research study, but who: (1) desire strong preparation in clinical research methods and associated statistical approaches; and (2) envision themselves playing a critical role on the clinical research team as a research assistant, study coordinator, or data manager. In this regard, the Type B Capstone project's goal is to provide the student with fundamental knowledge and/or experience in important tasks related to the clinical research endeavor.

Training in both clinical research and career development provides CRSP Scholars with an educational experience that prepares them to identify a research question and critically evaluate relevant literature; transform the question into a feasible and valid study design; develop and execute the study protocol; and analyze and effectively communicate the findings.

The CRSP program consists of three parts:

  1. Formal didactic modular and semester-long course work
  2. A seminar series that focuses on communication skills required for career development
  3. An intensive mentored experience centered on a specific clinical research problem (Type A Pathway) or a Capstone Project (Type B Pathway).

It is expected that individuals so trained can master fully the challenges in clinical investigation of the next decade, particularly the new translational opportunities being developed. As such, they should be attractive candidates for positions in clinical science departments, research institutes, or industry.

Administrative Arrangements and Academic Units

The program resides in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences (PQHS) in the School of Medicine. The academic units involved include the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Management, and Dentistry. The faculty is primarily drawn from the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, and PQHS from the School of Medicine. CRSP faculty is selected for expertise and commitment to teaching and mentorship in clinical investigation.

Participating Institutions

Definition of Clinical Research

Clinical research is viewed as a continuum that embraces studies involving interaction with patients, diagnostic clinical materials and patient-oriented data or populations in any of the following categories:

  • translational research
  • disease detection
  • diagnosis and natural history of disease
  • therapeutic interventions including clinical trials
  • prevention and health promotion
  • behavioral research
  • health services or outcomes research
  • epidemiology
  • community-based and managed care-based research

Underlying this diversity is a common set of disciplines with which the modern clinical investigator needs to have working knowledge. CRSP provides this core material in a complementary fashion with the specific technical research tools that Scholars learn during their individual mentored research experience.