Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. Is this program a post-graduation program, an extension program or a specialty program?

Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (PPCR) is a post-graduation program. Participants get a certificate at the end if they have successful completion of the program.

 

2. How often do classes occur?
Classes take place once a week, every Thursdays from 4 pm to 7 pm (Boston time). Classes start in March and end in October. There is a 5 or 6 week break in the summer from lectures (although you will still have work and studying to do at this time). These are very interactive lectures and a great opportunity for you to interact with your colleagues and Harvard faculty.

 

3. How many hours per day does each class take?
The Thursday lectures are three hours each and there are other activities throughout the week on the program website, very few of which are at a dedicated time. Most of the activities are self-guided and you can complete them anytime during the week.

 

4. What is the Stata software? Is it mandatory for this program?
All participants will receive Stata software with their registration and it is mandatory to use it during the program. 

 

5. Can I attend meetings from home or should I go to an one of your international site centers?
If you live near one of our international site centers, then you should attend lectures there (lectures are broadcasted from Harvard through videoconference). If you do not live close to a site center, then you can participate from home through Blue Jeans software.

 

6. Are there exams?
There are five exams, one after each module of the program. They are all web-based and interactive.

 

7. Apart from the lectures, how many hours should I dedicate each week for homework and/or other web-based activities?
You can review the Student Evaluations on the website. Students taken anywhere between 2 and 10 hours a week in addition to the 3-hour weekly lectures. 

 

8. Is there any face-to-face meeting that must occur in the USA or can the entire program be completed from outside of the USA?
You can complete the entire program from your location, although there are three optionals 2-day workshops in Boston in the summer and an optional 5-day immersion workshop that will be held at the end of the program. If you will be in the USA at some point, you are welcome to join us in Boston.

 

9. What is the importance of this program for an experienced CRA?
It depends on the level of knowledge on clinical research methodology. This program is important to review and advance knowledge on fundamentals of clinical trials.

 

10. Is this program recognized globally?
This is a program offered by Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health with renowned Harvard professors. It is therefore a program that is recognized globally.

 

11. I am in a place where there is no site and I would like to take the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research program. What do I need to do here to have access to this program?
Since you are in a location where there is no site center, you would take the program via web. We have lectures on Thursday evenings from 4-7pm ET (Boston time) and you would connect to these lectures via webcast and participate live. The remaining activities for the program are all through the program website including forum, assignments, chat rooms to discuss the content with Teaching Assistants, and a group project using an online word processor. All of the tools we use are to increase collaboration between you and the other participants from around the world as well as with the Harvard faculty.

 

12. What are the different options for the payment of fees?
We try to facilitate participants as much as possible, while following Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health guidelines of payment. If you need any help, please contact us at coordinator@ppcr.org

 

13. What is the deadline for payment of fees? 
In order for the participant to receive the Welcome Packet and secure their place in the program, he or she should make their payment to Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health as soon as possible. The registration deadline for 2017 is January 31, 2017. Please keep in mind that your place will not be secured in the program until registration and payment is completed.

 

15. I was not able to submit my registration by the deadline. I would like to know when it will be possible to apply again?
The application deadline is January 31, 2017, but we recommend completing it as soon as possible, as we are expecting to have a waiting list this year. If you missed the deadline period for enrollment in the program, contact us as soon as possible at: coordinator@ppcr.org, as it is possible that the period may be extended if there are spaces available. Otherwise, enrollment will open again in September 2017 for the following year.

 

16. Are there any special fees for research fellows? 
No. However, we try to keep the fees as low as possible for this reason and given this is a one-year program, fees are relatively lower compared to other programs offered here.

 

17. I am currently a graduate student and I need some funding to enroll in the program. Is there any help I can get? 
We offer a discounted price for graduate students who are Remote/Web-based access. Please go to http://ppcr.org/ppcr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=26&Itemid=222 for our list of enrollment fees. If you choose the option for graduate student when registering, be sure to include proof of your graduate student status in your application.

 

18. Is there a condensed version of the program for students who cannot attend it in its current structure? 
No, the goal of this program is to offer a solid, initial background in clinical research methodology; therefore, the intensive schedule is necessary to reach this goal.

 

19. Is it possible to attend the workshops without being enrolled in the program? 
The workshops are usually restricted to current and previous PPCR students, but contact us at coordinator@ppcr.org if you are interested in attending them.

 

20. I am a recent graduate. Can I apply for the program? 
Yes. This program is adequate for anyone interested in clinical research from the health care area and applicants usually have a graduate degree or a health care professional degree. 

 

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