July 6 – August 14, 2020

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Our Applicants:

The PCE is designed for physician researchers and other clinical researchers, 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.

Our Curriculum:

PCE students are enrolled in summer-long core courses in:

  • Biostatistics
  • 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
  • Implementation Research in Health and Healthcare
  • Decision Analysis in Clinical Research
  • Methods for Decision Making in Medicine
  • Data Science in Healthcare

After completion of the PCE, qualified degree students may enroll in the following advanced PCE courses:

  • Survival Methods in Clinical Research
  • Analytic Issues of Clinical Epidemiology

For details please see Summer Curriculum. Course offerings are subject to change.

Our Program:

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 2016 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

Our Students:

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.

Targeted Degree Programs:

Although the Program in Clinical Effectiveness is a stand-alone non-degree program, many of its graduates have completed master’s degree programs that were created for PCE graduates. This includes:

These programs allow PCE graduates to take many of the summer PCE courses listed above, as well as other courses at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. Students in these degree programs can take elective methods courses offered through the blended MPH in Epidemiology Program. This gives PCE graduates multiple degree and scheduling options with courses targeted for the clinical researcher. Summer-only degrees can be completed with two summers in residence at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health.

Credits earned, and tuition paid, from the Program in Effectiveness account for one-third of the degree requirements and tuition for the MPH degree (35% for the MS degree).

View our 2019 PCE Brochure