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Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Program (PCRTP) Requirements & Eligibility

This program provides intensive learning experiences that will prepare predoctoral students (MD, PhD) interested in clinical research careers to be exemplary researchers (in any discipline, specialty or subspecialty).

The Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Program (PCRTP) is offered as complementary training for students enrolled in research-oriented degree programs. These programs have typically included the programs listed below. Students planning to apply/enroll in other similar degree programs should first consult with the PCRTP Program Administrator to ensure that the program is a good fit.

  1. Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH concentration in Epidemiologic and Biostatistical Methods for Public Health and Clinical Research) at the Bloomberg School of Public Health
  2. Master’s degree in Health Sciences (MHS concentration in Clinical Epidemiology) at the Bloomberg School of Public Health
  3. Master’s degree in science (MSE) in Bioengineering Innovation and Design at the Johns Hopkins University Center for BioEngineering Innovation & Design
  4. PhD with a concentration in clinical research at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.
  5. DrPH at Morgan State University.

Trainees in the PCRTP program will identify and work with a mentor, typically a Johns Hopkins faculty member, to design and implement a research study, present their findings at a national conference, and write up the results for publication. The program has funding for 10 predoctoral students per year and includes funds towards tuition, health insurance, research-related travel, and a stipend. Many of the no- and low-cost support services provided to ICTR investigators are available to our trainees as well.

Students will gain training and experience in:

  • Articulating an appropriate research question/hypothesis
  • Identifying an appropriate study design and data set for answering the research question
  • Obtaining IRB approval
  • Gaining familiarity with aspects of data management
  • Identifying and applying appropriate statistical methods and correctly interpreting results
  • Gaining familiarity with tracking and recording steps in the analysis of a data set
  • Oral and poster presentation of the results
  • Writing up the results of a data analysis for a professional publication



Only U.S. citizens and permanent US residents are eligible for federally funded training slots. Non-US citizens should inquire about eligibility and funding opportunities.