Collaborative Research Thesis

The Collaborative Research Thesis provides students with valuable real-world experience doing research in Boston’s premier biomedical institutions. Students are mentored by a member of the program faculty or other affiliated quantitative scientist working in clinical and epidemiologic research projects at HSPH, Harvard University, or a Harvard-affiliated hospitals. In many cases, students may instead choose to undertake their thesis work in an industry setting; our faculty have many ties to the biotech world and can help arrange appropriate research projects.
The Collaborative Research Thesis is normally undertaken during the fourth semester, after coursework has been completed. It is presented in both oral and written form before a committee consisting of the thesis advisor and two additional program faculty. Students with a more extensive background may be permitted to undertake their thesis research during the summer following their second semester, and complete the entire program in as little as 16 months.