About Clinical Research

The Case Western Reserve University Master of Science in Clinical Research program (also known as the Clinical Research Scholars Program) was created in response to the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) request to develop formal curriculum leading to a Master’s in Clinical Research. The Master’s program was approved and began admitting scholars in 2001. Our educational goal is to provide a high quality, rigorous, didactic instruction, and a mentored thesis research project for those clinicians who are interested in developing a career in clinical investigation and who are willing to strive for leadership roles in academia, government, and private industry. Since its inception, over 170 scholars have been admitted in the Master’s program. 

Since the Master’s in Clinical Research program’s start, there was an expressed interest in a certificate program in clinical research as well as a PhD program. In 2013, the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research was approved. In the fall of that year, the first group of cohorts was admitted into the Certificate program. To date, over 75 individuals have been admitted.

In 2015, the PhD in Clinical Translational Science program received its accreditation from the Ohio Board of Regents and began admitting scholars in the Fall of 2015, with over 30 scholars being admitted to date. 

In 2019, a new pathway was added to the Master of Science in Clinical Research for individuals with a bachelor’s degree interested in receiving training in clinical research methodologies.

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research, the Master of Science in Clinical Research and the PhD in Clinical Translational Science are graduate level programs. Each one of these programs was designed to fit an ever growing need for well-trained clinical investigators.

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.