Clinical Investigation Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School's Policy Guide.


Eight units of classroom courses and two units comprising a mentored clinical research project that must be submitted for publication are required. Because courses are offered during all four quarters of the year, including summer, the degree can be accomplished over the course of two years. Students are expected to take one classroom course per quarter and be engaged in a mentored research project by the second quarter of classes.

Courses Units
Required Core Courses
MSCI 321 Biostatistics for Clinical Investigators 1 1
MSCI 311 Clinical Research Designs, Methods and Grant Writing 1
MSCI 421 Biostatistics for Clinical Investigators 2 1
MSCI 322 Introduction to Epidemiology for Clinical Investigators 1
MSCI 445 Writing and Peer Reviewing for Publication 1
MSCI 446 Data Science for Clinical, Translational & Population Researchers 1
MSCI 450 Key Issues for the Responsible Conduct of Research 0
MSCI 499 Research Project 2
At least two units of related courses drawn either from those listed below or from those offered by the Program in Public Health. Electives should relate to the student's area of emphasis* 2
MSCI 312 Presenting Research .5
MSCI 422 Introduction to Translational Research 1
MSCI 490 Independent Study 1 or .5
Total Classroom Courses 8
Total Units to Complete Degree 10
* Translational Research Emphasis: Students opting for a translational research career will be encouraged to take one or more of the following elective courses
MSI 303 Drug Development Process 1
PUB HLTH 446 Clinical Trials 1

Other Degree Requirements

  • Research/Projects: Research/Projects: Students must complete two units comprising a mentored clinical research project. This project must be submitted for publication before the student can graduate.