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.

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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 who 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