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NIH-DUKE Training Program in Clinical Research: FAQs

Academic Schedule

Q. When are courses offered?
Courses are offered during the standard academic year. The first semester generally runs from August to December and the second semester generally runs from January to May.


Q. How do you register for a course?
The application materials are available in the Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education, located in the NIH Clinical Center, Building 10, Room B1L403. All admissions decisions are made by Duke University.


Q. Who is eligible to enroll in the program?
The program is designed primarily for NIH clinical fellows and other health professional who are training for careers in clinical research. An advanced degree in a clinical health science from an accredited institution is a prerequisite for admission either as a degree candidate or as a non-degree student.

All participants in the NIH-Duke Program in Clinical Research attend classes at the NIH Clinical Center located in Bethesda, MD.


Q. Is there a cost for the program?
Yes, the current tuition can be found at the Training Program in Clinical Research website [disclaimer]. Prospective students should consult with their institute or center regarding the official training nomination procedure. All tuition payments are made directly to Duke University.

Academic Degree

Q. What degree will a student earn?
The degree option leads to a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research. This is a professional degree awarded by the School of Medicine at Duke University. There is also a non-degree program available to a limited number of qualified individuals who want to acquire specific skills but who do not want to pursue the master's degree. 

Q. How are the courses taught?
The lectures are taught by the faculty of the School of Medicine at Duke University with the participation of NIH investigators who have expertise in relevant area.

The lectures are video conferenced to a dedicated classroom, the NIH-Duke room, located in Building 10, Room B1L408.

Program Completion

Q. How long does it take to complete the program?
While the majority of the participants complete the program within 24 months, students enrolled in the program have up to six years to complete the program.

Q. Is there an exam for courses?
Each course professor determines the final exam information for the course. 

This page last reviewed on 01/23/12

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