Year-Long Research Program
School of Medicine students enrolled in the MA/MD, MSCI or MPHS program may participate in full-time year-long research. Interested students should meet with Dean Chung first to find a mentor and project and discuss funding opportunities. Depending on your degree program, you may qualify for funding.
Year-long research at a glance:
- one year full-time research
- enrollment in MA/MD, MSCI, MPHS or MPH program
- funding depends on degree program
- no tuition is charged
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Funding sources and applications
Dean Chung will help you determine which funding source to apply to based on your research interests and the project you choose.
Master of Arts / Doctor of Medicine (MA/MD)
This program allows medical students preparing for a career in academic medicine to earn their master of arts degree while also participating in basic or clinical research. The program is intended not only for those who have had previous research experience, but also for students who are novices in research.
Description: Created in 1982, the master’s degree program allows medical students to participate in cutting-edge basic biomedical research or hypothesis-driven clinical research and earn a Master of Arts degree in preparation for a career in academic medicine. The program is highly flexible, with an objective of providing students with an individualized research experience in an excellent environment and is intended not only for those who have had previous research experience, but also for students who are novices in research.
Eligibility: Applications to the program will be accepted from students who are in the first three years of the medical curriculum and in good standing without encumbrances at Washington University School of Medicine.
Degree Requirements: Full-time research for one year culminating in a presentation before the research advisory committee, submission of a publication-quality manuscript of the presentation and participation in a research ethics seminar. No academic credit toward the MD degree will be given.
Funding: See one-year research funding opportunities for MA/MD students.
Application: All applicants must apply to the program regardless of funding source. For an application or additional information, contact:
MSTP Administrative Coordinator
Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI)
The MSCI program prepares scholars for academic careers in clinical research. Concentrations in Clinical Investigation, Genetics/Genomics, and Translational Medicine allow students to tailor coursework to their research interests.
Overview: The Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) Program provides high-quality, multidisciplinary training in clinical research to promote the successful career development of clinical investigators. The MSCI is available to postdoctoral scholars, junior faculty and predoctoral students enrolled in established clinical research training programs. Postdoctoral scholars and junior faculty must be within the medicine and allied health professions, conducting clinical research at Washington University or with an affiliated program. Predoctoral students in medicine, psychology, biology and biomedical sciences, social work, audiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy and related disciplines in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences who have completed or are enrolled in the intensive Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Clinical Research Training (PICRT) Program are also eligible.
Requirements: The master’s program consists of 33 credits and includes the following core curriculum in clinical investigation:
- Designing Outcomes and Clinical Research or Epidemiology for Clinical Research
- Ethical and Legal Issues in Clinical Research
- Intermediate Statistics for the Health Sciences
- Introduction to Statistics for Clinical Investigation
- Scientific Writing and Publishing or Grantsmanship
- Conduct independent research under the tutelage of a mentorship committee
- Participate in an ongoing seminar series to present and discuss research as a work-in-progress
- Take elective course work related to their research interests
- Submit a final thesis consisting of a clinical research manuscript submitted to a peer-reviewed journal for publication
Advanced placement credit can be earned for past equivalent course work as determined on an individual basis up to 9 credit hours.
Tuition: Tuition for the academic year is $1,150 per credit hour. Courses are open to all paying students. Trainees currently enrolled in other medicine and allied health programs should contact the program director or program coordinator to discuss entry into the MSCI program.
Location: Most courses and seminars are taught during late afternoon or early evening hours on the Medical School campus.
Further Information: For more information regarding this program, please contact:
Curriculum and Evaluation Coordinator
voice: (314) 454-8936
Master of Population Health Sciences (MPHS)
One of just a few programs nationwide that offers clinician-researchers training in population health research methods, the MPHS is a 10-month, full-time degree program. Students choose from concentrations in Clinical Epidemiology, Health Services, Quantitative Methods, and Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Sciences, and no research thesis is required.
Overview: The Master of Population Health Sciences (MPHS) offered by the School of Medicine is a 10-month, full-time degree program for medical students, residents, fellows and attendings seeking training in clinical research methods. The curriculum emphasizes the role of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics in approaching clinical effectiveness and outcomes research for all medical fields.
The MPHS does not require a research thesis upon completion of the program. Instead, the program uses applied course work to focus on the long-term mastery of skills. Using topics relevant to their careers and interests or research being done while in the program, MPHS students practice the art of developing research study protocols, performing systematic reviews, designing epidemiologic studies, writing grants and much more. Many students go on to produce award-winning research using their applied coursework and skills learned in the program.
MPHS students deepen their learning by choosing one of four concentrations: Clinical Epidemiology, Health Services, Quantitative Methods or Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Sciences.
Prospective Students: Applicants should be in the process of completing a degree in a clinical training program at the doctoral level or should have completed such a degree. The pace of course work assumes students have familiarity with clinical medicine.
Program Format: For medical students, the MPHS program is a full-time, 10-month format. The maximum course load is 18 credit hours per semester.
Core MPHS Courses:
- Introduction to Statistical Analysis Software
- Biostatistics 1
- Biostatistics 2
- Ethics in Population and Clinical Health Research
- Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology
- Intermediate Clinical Epidemiology
- Applied Epidemiology
Information on elective courses is available at mphs.wustl.edu.
MPHS Program: The MPHS provides medical students with an opportunity to supplement their clinical training and course work with a quantitative approach to population health research. Students develop core skills in epidemiology and biostatistics, which can be applied to research in any clinical field, from primary to specialty care. The program is intended for medical students who plan to incorporate clinical effectiveness or outcomes research into their clinical careers. The program is not restricted to Washington University medical students; students from other medical schools are encouraged to apply. Most medical students obtain their MPHS degree after the second or third year of medical school.
Deadline for the academic year: March 15
Further Information: The director of the MPHS program is Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH. Additional information can be obtained at mphs.wustl.edu or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Master of Public Health (MPH)
The MPH program is designed for medical students with an interest in population health. Students gain an understanding of the social, economic, environmental and cultural determinants of health and learn to apply evidence-based approaches to community-level disease prevention, health promotion and health policy. Medical students earn the MPH degree from the Brown School in one additional year of study.
Overview: Available exclusively to current Washington University School of Medicine students pursuing their Doctor of Medicine degree, students in this program earn a Master of Public Health degree from the Brown School in one additional year of study.
Designed for medical students with an interested in population health, this program approaches improving community health from the perspective of prevention. Students gain an understanding of the social, economic, environmental and cultural determinants of health and learn to apply evidence-based approaches to community-level disease prevention, health promotion and health policy.
Application: Applications are accepted throughout the year. Please click here for more information.
Further Information: For more information regarding this program, please contact:
Campus Box 1196
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
phone: (314) 935-6676
toll free: (877) 321-2426 (Continental U.S. Only)
fax: (314) 935-4859
One-Year Research without Degree Program (MD5)
Medical students wishing to complete a year of research outside of their degree program may apply for the MD5, meeting with a research mentor for one year to complete an independent research project. Funding is not available through OMSR, though students may receive a stipend from their research mentor.
Number of Participants: Available to all Washington University medical students at any point in the curriculum.
Length of Program: Completed in one year; in exceptional circumstances, a second year may be permitted.
Funding: None through Washington University School of Medicine, though students may receive a stipend from the research mentor. If a stipend is available, the primary university appointment must be as a full-time student. A secondary appointment as a predoctoral fellow or trainee or as a graduate research assistant is acceptable. These appointments may imply stipend limits. Students are not eligible for employee benefits, but the department may elect to cover student health costs under separate payment. Tax liability and withholding will depend on the appointment and the individual’s circumstances.
Project Guidelines and Eligibility: Students who wish to take advantage of this program should select a research mentor and obtain permission to work with him/her for one year. The arrangement should then be approved by the mentor and by the associate dean for medical student research through the application process.
Because this is a recognized program endorsed by the school, students are registered for the year for this course of study with a Pass/Fail grade option and are considered full-time students during that time. No tuition is charged. A nominal registration fee is charged, and the student health fee is charged if the research is performed at a local institution.
- An independent research project must be completed.
- The application process requires a completed application form and a research proposal due one month prior to the start of the research year.
- Students and mentors are expected to meet regularly throughout the year to ensure timely progress and benefit of mentor guidance and feedback.
- No thesis is required. However, a final research report must be submitted to the mentor and the associate dean for medical student research at the completion of the research year.
- The mentor issues to the associate dean for medical student research a final grade of Pass or Fail and an evaluation of the student’s performance at the completion of the research year. This grade will be recorded on the student’s permanent academic record.
Application: Due one month prior to the start of the research year. The application and the research proposal are submitted to the associate dean for medical student research.
Further Information: Students interested in the program may obtain additional information and an application by contacting:
Koong-Nah Chung, PhD
Associate Dean for Medical Student Research
Director of the Office of Medical Student Research
Instructor of Cell Biology and Physiology
voice: (314) 362-5464
Project Manager/Research Administrator
voice: (314) 362-5464