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There is a nationally recognized shortage of adequately trained clinical researchers. To set the context for future clinical research activities, the NIH convened a Director's Panel in the late 1990s. They recognized the state of clinical research as a national problem and made certain recommendations. These recommendations included improving the quality of clinical research training, initiating training programs to attract students into clinical research careers, and educating the public about the importance of clinical research.

NIH Roadmap clearly identifies that in order to provide 21st century medicine; we need expanding medical/dental advances. To support such advances, a trained clinical research workforce is needed who will take research from bench-to-bedside or chair side. As of Oct 29, 2014, globally, there were 177,688 clinical trials listed on the National Institutes of Health Clinical Trials web site ( Nearly 46% of these studies were located in the U.S. (over 30,250 of these studies were in the tri-state area). As we need trained clinical research personnel at all levels to conduct these studies using the highest scientific, ethical, and regulatory standards, New York University College of Dentistry initiated a Clinical Research Training Program in 2001. As of May 2013, we have graduated over 150 students from this program who were born in 28 different countries. Among those who have gone through our program were foreign and U.S. trained dentists and physicians, pharmaceutical industry employees, colleague graduates with pharmacy, pharmacology, and other degrees, and even a few students with MS and/or PhD degrees in basic sciences. Our graduates have obtained positions in academia, industry, and government institutes and some others have gone to obtain higher degrees such as MD, DDS, and MPH. In an independent external review of the program conducted by three reviewers (two from academia and one from industry) in 2011, the students and alumni expressed a high degree of satisfaction with the program and the program faculty, which is comprised of both academicians and industry experts.


The mission of the NYU College of Dentistry Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Research Program is to produce competent entry-level clinical researchers who are knowledgeable about clinical research methodology, administration, ethics, and governing regulations, with a programmatic emphasis on Randomized Controlled Trials.


The major functions of the NYU College of Dentistry MS in Clinical Research Program are education, simulation, and practice and the goals for each function are defined below:

To educate students about fundamentals of clinical research, clinical research regulations, and the process of constructing research protocols and grant proposals; to develop relevant skills needed for effective practice of clinical research; and, to maintain an environment conducive to learning and self-evaluation.

To contribute to the advancement of clinical research knowledge and experience through simulation with peers, educators, researchers, and research administrators.

To provide relevant working experience in clinical research, research administration, and regulatory oversight.



We offer two graduate programs in clinical research. The first is a two-year MS program and the second, a one-year Certificate Program.

Eligible applicants for these programs are individuals from academia and industry with backgrounds in dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and other allied health professions or those who possess a minimum of a BA or a BS degree. Tuition for the program is according to the standard per credit tuition fee for the Graduate School of Arts and Science at NYU. Visit 


Together with the hands-on experience in clinical research provided through the Bluestone Center for Clinical Research and other sites such as the NYU School of Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center, and potential industry sites, MS students enrolled in the program are exposed to a wide array of topics (not limited to dental studies) related to clinical research in 5 different tracks (Clinical Research Track, Data Management Track, Academic Career Track, Quality Assurance Track, and Biological Assays Related to Clinical Research Track)

This program is approved by New York University and the New York State Department of Education.  

The Masters of Science in Clinical Research degree is a two-year full-time program (or a 4 year part-time program) with 12 -14 credit hours of course work per semester. The MS degree has a total of 50 credit hours.  

By the end of the Master of Science in Clinical Research Program, each graduate will be able to independently:

  • Identify, construct, and analyze the key elements of a randomized controlled trial (RCT), and understand how each element is executed
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate the clinical research literature from both observational and experimental studies in relation to study design, sample size and power, statistical tests applied, validity of the observed results, and the impact of the study on the field
  • Apply statistical methods to data to test a hypothesis using the appropriate analytical methods and derive valid conclusions
  • Distinguish the elements of ICH-GCP E6 Good Clinical Practice as a format for conducting a clinical trial
  • Define the U.S. Good Clinical Practice regulations and the appropriate federal groups that oversee clinical trials
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Belmont Report, including the difference between research and therapy, the ethical principles, the characteristics of autonomy, and the special review of vulnerable populations
  • Analyze and evaluate data collection forms (CRFs) and design databases to collect data for a simple clinical study
  • Query and validate data obtained during a clinical study
  • Develop statistical programs that are typically used in industry-based RCTs
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze the grade level language used in an informed consent form
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze and evaluate a completed RCT protocol and a grant proposal
  • Demonstrate skills in writing an NIH-style clinical trial research grant proposal
  • Identify the various types of observational epidemiological studies, the elements comprising such studies, the strengths/weaknesses of observational studies, and the analytical approach used to analyze these studies
  • Demonstrate judgment and skills in administratively solving 'real' problems posed in a virtual (or simulated) clinical trial
  • Demonstrate skills in performing aspects of an ongoing clinical research study such as recruiting study subjects, obtaining informed consent, collecting and managing data, auditing and monitoring data, and analyzing data, as appropriate to the study


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For more information, please contact:
Juliana Cools
Program Coordinator
(212) 998-9934


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