Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis Program (M.S.)

The Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis program (OJOC CRDSA) is accepting applications for the fall 2015 on a rolling basis.

Offered by the Department of Biostatistics, the On-Job/On-Campus Master's in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis (CRDSA) Program was developed in a non-residential format to provide a means for working professionals who are interested in clinical research to develop expertise in research design and statistical analysis while continuing their professional employment. The program is open to a broad spectrum of candidates such as physicians, dentists, pharmacists, pharmacologists, basic scientists, study coordinators, managers and others who are interested in pursuing a career in Clinical Research and Clinical Trials.

The CRDSA program is designed to improve the quality of clinical research and to address the shortage of persons with clinical expertise who are trained in quantitative research methods. These problems reflect the increasing complexity of clinical research, the increasing value of that clinical research, and the limited training of health professionals in research design and statistical analysis. Most clinical training programs include only minimal introductory statistics and research design activities. This CRDSA program is designed specifically to teach the skills and knowledge needed to carry out quantitative clinical research.

Non-Residential Format

The U-M School of Public Health pioneered the non-residential OJ/OC format in 1972. Approximately 300 students have successfully completed the CRDSA program since then. Participants meet in Ann Arbor at the School of Public Health for a four-day weekend (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) once every four to five weeks for thirty hours of class time. Between weekends on campus, participants complete course assignments and work on projects while remaining on their jobs. This Master of Science Degree Program lasts nineteen weekends.

Future Program Dates

Cohort XVII
October 2015–April 2017

Contact Information


Telephone: (734) 615-9812

Department of Biostatistics
OJ/OC Program in CRDSA
School of Public Health
University of Michigan
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029

Fax: (734) 763-2215

Mentored Clinical Research Course

The Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) provides a 6-credit mentored clinical research course to interested students accepted to the OJ/OC program who demonstrate commitment to research. A mentor team guides the student through a clinical research project designed by the student with the goal of generating pilot data for a clinical research grant proposal. Students showcase their work at the MICHR Annual Symposium and have access to research resources and consultation. Through this program, trainees will gain valuable career development mentoring and:

  • Employ biostatistical skills and knowledge in specific areas of clinical research
  • Design a clinical research study
  • Follow requirements for human subject protection, ethical principles, and research integrity essential for the conduct of human subject research
  • Develop specific aims and the framework for a grant application to an appropriate funding source

NOTE: This course is available only to professionals affiliated with the University of Michigan.