Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) Background

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In response to national efforts to improve the quality of education in clinical and translational research (CTR), Emory University and Morehouse School of Medicine each developed Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) degree programs. The purpose of these MSCR programs is to provide didactic and mentored clinical and translational research training.  The target audience for the MSCR program includes predoctoral trainees (medical students, PhD students and PharmD students), postdoctoral trainees (physicians in training including residents and fellows, PharmD residents, PhD postdocs), and junior faculty (with MD, PhD, and/or PharmD degrees) at the ACTSI partner institutions (Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia Tech and University of Georgia).

In order to achieve excellence in the 21st century, investigators undertaking clinical and translational research must couple their knowledge of medicine and biology with analytic sciences including statistical reasoning, decision analysis, probability theory, analytical epidemiology, and informatics. They must also have an understanding of the principles of evidence-based medicine, bioethics, clinical trial design, regulations involving human subjects and animals, scientific and grant writing, big data, mentoring, leadership/management, team science, innovation and technology transfer, community engagement and health disparities in clinical and translational research, and responsible conduct of research. All of these aspects are taught via the Emory MSCR degree program supported by ACTSI or the Morehouse School of Medicine MSCR degree-training program supported by an NIH R25 grant.