Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis (MS)

The Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis program (OJOC CRDSA)  will be accepting applications for the cohort starting in Fall 2021 in September 2020.  The admission is 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 XIX
October 2019–April 2021

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