Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis Masters Program

The School of Public Health Executive Masters (On-Job/On-Campus: OJOC) provides practicing clinicians a convenient way to learn research design and statistical analysis at an advanced level. Classes are concentrated over a four-day weekend every month for 18 months. This schedule allows participating clinicians and junior faculty to conduct clinical and research activities concurrently. 

The Executive Masters program includes a specialized curriculum that trains healthcare professionals in clinical research and leads to a Master of Science degree in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis from the Rackham School of Graduate Studies. The Executive Masters and MICHR co-sponsor this 18 month Masters degree program under the umbrella of the U-M Clinical Translational Science Awards (CTSA).

“It’s extremely helpful in making your studies more valid and cogent (reliable). I now feel very confident that I can design solid clinical research.”

– Yoshi Suzuki, MD
Clinical Research Master’s Program Participant

Who is eligible?

Postdoctoral fellows in clinical departments, University of Michigan junior faculty, and mid-career health care professionals interested in initiating careers in clinical research are encouraged to apply. Doctorally-prepared nurses, PhDs with clinical responsibility, postdoctoral Pharm-D trainees, and trainees with MD, DO, or DDS degrees who are engaged in clinical duties are able to obtain their masters degree while still working full-time. Candidates must obtain 40% protected time from their department chair and display clear potential for academic success.

Program Director
Trivellore Raghunathan, PhD

Visit the School of Public Health Executive Masters website for specific information regarding the program. Click here for an application.

Mentored Research Project

The Executive Masters program provides a six-credit mentored clinical research practicum to interested students accepted to the Executive Masters program who demonstrate commitment to research. A mentor team guides the student through a clinical research project designed by the student with the goal of generating pilot data for a clinical research grant proposal. Students showcase their work at the MICHR Annual Symposium and have access to research resources and consultation. Through this program trainees will gain valuable career development mentoring and:

  • employ biostatistical skills and knowledge in specific areas of clinical research
  • design a clinical research study
  • follow requirements for human subject protection, ethical principles, and research integrity essential for the conduct of human subject research
  • develop specific aims and the framework for a grant application to an appropriate funding source
The faculty lead for this program is Susan L. Murphy, ScD, OTR.


Call or email:

Fatma Nedjari 
Student Administrative Coordinator
Phone: 734.615.9812 

MICHR Program Administrator

Lise Anderson, MPH 

Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) 
North Campus Research Complex 
2800 Plymouth Road, Building 400
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800
Phone: 734.998.6428
Fax: 734.998.7228


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