Clinical Investigator Track

Master of Science in Clinical Research

The Department of Medicine has a partnership with the Department of Public Health Sciences that allows one upper-level resident to obtain a department-subsidized Master of Science in Clinical Research degree by the end of their third year. Residents chosen for the Clinical Investigator (CI) Track begin classes during their PGY-2 year, while maintaining their continuity clinic responsibilities. Interested applicants must take the In-Service Training Exam as a PGY-1 and score in the 50th percentile to be eligible for application to this program.

Andrew Barros, MD, PGY-3

Andrew Barros, MD, Class of 2017

The Clinical Investigator Track provided me an opportunity to do research with faculty while pursuing a graduate degree and continuing my clinical training. The education I received in statistics, epidemiology, study design, and health policy has been essential in preparing me for a career in academic medicine. Only a small number of internal medicine programs have an option similar to our clinical investigator track and I think it highlights another way that the UVA Internal Medicine program is a great place to train and learn. The skills I have learned from the CI track have enabled me to work on a variety of research and quality improvement projects. I plan to use these experiences to build a career in academic medicine.


Nitin Ahuja, MD, Class of 2014

The Clinical Investigator Track was a major component of my attraction to the medicine residency program at UVA, alongside the quality of its training and the collegiality of its members. The opportunity to undertake graduate-level education in statistical analysis and study design, without associated sacrifices in time or clinical exposure, was unique among the programs I encountered on the interview trail.

The seamlessness with which this coursework has been woven into the standard training experience is amazing, and it highlights our administration’s dedication to residents’ success on an individual level. Looking forward to fellowship, I am grateful for the literacy in research methods I’ve gained through the CI track, and I feel extraordinarily well-served by UVA in my pursuit of a career in academic medicine.

Additional Opportunities

There are also opportunities to pursue a graduate program in the Department of Public Health Sciences outside the confines of the residency program.

  • The Master of Public Health (MPH) at UVA is an interdisciplinary professional degree designed to provide health care and other professionals with an understanding of the public health sciences, knowledge and skills that can be used in health care management, population-based research, and the community practice of public health. Each student identifies a concentration and develops an individualized course of study with an advisor that addresses the student’s professional interests, needs, and goals. Graduates are generally prepared for roles in a variety of public and regulatory agencies, in for-profit and not-for-profit health agencies, and in health services research. Tracks within the MPH program include Health Policy, Law, and Ethics and Research in Practice.
  • The Master of Science in Clinical Research is an interdisciplinary graduate degree designed to meet the changing needs of the current health care field, particularly the increasing need for trained professionals with well-developed quantitative and analytic skills. Graduates are equipped to tackle broad questions of health care organization and financing to specific instances of how to maximize medical benefit while controlling medical costs. There is a broad range of training opportunities for students interested in these new areas of clinical investigation, clinical information management, medical economics, and health services research. The interdisciplinary blend of biostatistics, epidemiology, health services research methodology, clinical trial design, economics, information studies, and health policy is taught by faculty in the Department of Public Health Sciences in collaboration with other faculty in the UVA Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Arts and Sciences, Business, and Law. The experience is one of intensive study aimed toward giving students the analytical skills needed in all areas of clinical research.

For further information, please write, call or e-mail:

Ruth Gaare Bernheim, JD, MPH
Department of Public Health Sciences
PO Box 400800
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4800
Office: 434-924-3487

Tracey L. Brookman, BS
Department of Public Health Sciences
PO Box 800717
University of Virginia
Office: 434-924-8646
Fax: 434-924-8437