The Program in Clinical Effectiveness (PCE) is a 15 credit summer program which provides clinical investigators with fundamental training in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
The PCE is designed for physician-clinicians, fellows and faculty, who are seeking quantitative and analytic skills needed for clinical research or are interested in health care administration. Local applicants must have a position in a clinical department in a Boston teaching hospital. Applicants from outside of Boston must be recommended by their affiliated medical school or teaching hospital. Typically PCE applicants have completed their medical residency training, however those who are completing a residency program which is greater than three years and includes time devoted to research training are also encouraged to apply. The PCE does not accept medical students. The PCE encourages applications from individuals from minority groups. Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer. Please review our Application Instructions.
PCE students are enrolled in summer-long core courses in:
- Clinical Epidemiology
Students also select two half-summer elective courses from offerings in:
- Linear and Longitudinal Regression
- Effectiveness Research with Longitudinal Healthcare Databases
- Ethical Basis of the Practice of Public Health
- Improvement in Quality in Health Care
- Introduction to Methods and Applications in Health Services Research
- Research with Large Databases
- Medical Informatics
- Measuring and Analyzing the Outcomes of Health Care
- Decision Analysis in Clinical Research
- Methods for Decision Making in Medicine
After completion of the PCE, qualified degree students may enroll in the following advanced PCE courses:
- Principles of Clinical Trials
- Survival Methods in Clinical Research
- Analytic Issues of Clinical Epidemiology
For details please see Summer Curriculum. Course offerings are subject to change.
The PCE is a fast-paced, rigorous program that requires students to be free of all clinical responsibilities during the 7-week period. This enables students to fully commit to the intense, yet very rewarding curriculum. For details please see Workload and Reviews. Our 2015 students reported:
- 30% spent, on average, 20 hours each week on homework
- 90% were satisfied or very satisfied with the summer curriculum and indicated that they would take the curriculum if they had to make the decision again
The PCE is completed by both non-degree and degree students. The PCE is a non-degree program, but many of our non-degree students apply for a Harvard Chan School master’s degree after completion of the PCE. Students who apply to and are admitted into a degree program within 5 years of completing non-degree credits may have a maximum of 20 non-degree credits counted toward the degree. Harvard Chan School offers two specifically relevant degree programs for PCE students. For details see Additional Coursework and Degree Options.