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Clinical Research Training Program

The Clinical Research Training Program, directed by Dr. Karen Costenbader, is based in the Section of Clinical Sciences in the Division of Rheumatology, Immunology, and Allergy. Most trainees in the program have either clinical rheumatology experience or training in a methodologic field, such as epidemiology, biostatistics, or health services research. Typically, trainees work with one of the Section's Faculty developing a project proposal and applying for funding. Letters of interest should be sent to any of the Section faculty or Dr. Costenbader (

Participants in the Clinical Research Training Program are encouraged to pursue didactic training to build a foundation for quantitative clinical research. Trainees typically complete a Masters of Public Health (MPH) or Masters of Medical Science (MMSc) during the research years. For more information on available programs, please see Resources below. Trainees also participate in the Section’s weekly Research Seminars.

For non-US citizens, we cannot provide stipends for the Clinical Research Training program or tuition at the Harvard School of Public Health; thus, applicants must arrange their own funding. For individuals who are supporting their training with grants to be administered through the Brigham and Women's Hospital, it is critical that the proposal be submitted to our financial administrator at least three months in advance of its due date.

For non-US citizens, the financial requirements and appropriate paperwork for sponsored Visas must be completed at least six months prior to entry of the program. Ms. Mary Scamman at is the contact person for Non-US applicants. Acceptance into the Clinical Research Training Program for non-US fellows is conditional to acceptance to the Masters of Public Health or Master’s of Medical Science Program at the Harvard School of Public Health. For non-English speaking individuals a test of language is required; details should be obtained directly from the Harvard School of Public Health (phone 617-432-1031; Fax: 617-432-2009).