GCSRT Program | FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. Is this a part-time program that I can take when I want in my spare time? 
2. Can you give me more information on how the webinars will be scheduled, specifically at what times? 
3. Is attendance required at workshops other than the two in London and one in Boston?
4. What does the cost of tuition include?
5. What is the financial commitment expected from participants?
6. What is the payment procedure? Can I pay in installments?
7. Will there be a possibility of refund?
8. When will I be notified of acceptance?
9. How many students are expected to enroll?
10. Who will issue the Certificate of Completion?
11. Could successful completion of this program be converted to credits that could be applied to a master's degree program?
12. Are there any scholarships for this program?
13. Can this program be completed without having to come to Harvard Medical School for one year?
14. Do I have to be a resident of the USA to participate? 
15. Does the GCSRT program provide visa assistance?
16. What employment opportunities are available after completing this program?
17. Is this an online only course or does one have to travel to the USA?
18. What if I don't have internet access?
19. Will a translator be available if I do not speak English?
20. When will the program begin?
21. Will there be an opportunity to choose the statistical software?
22. Upon being accepted to the program, should I purchase airline tickets and make travel arrangements?
23. What is the time commitment for the program?
24. What if I don't attend all or even some of the workshops?
25. For how long will I be able to view the pre-recorded videos after the program is concluded?
26. Does the program offer discounts if candidates apply as a group?


 

1. Is this a part-time program that I can take when I want in my spare time?  

The workshops are scheduled for specific days during the year and the modules will be available online 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

 

2. Can you give me more information on how the webinars will be scheduled, specifically at what times?  

The webinars will be scheduled for various time zones and will generally be scheduled in the evening.

 

3. Is attendance required at workshops other than the two in London and one in Boston?

No. The only workshops you are required to attend are the two in London (June and December 2015) and one in Boston (June 2016).
 

4. What does the cost of tuition include?

Tuition covers the cost of the program only. It does not include cost for travel, lodging, and meals. The estimated cost for these is from $3,000 to $5,000 US. Stata software and books are also not included. The estimated cost for these is approximately $600 US.
 

5. What is the financial commitment expected from participants?

The tuition for the program is US $11,900 during the early registration period. After January 22, 2015 the tuition is US $12,900.  The total financial commitment will depend on where you will be traveling from, the mode of travel, and the type of accommodation you book.

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6. What is the payment procedure? Can I pay in installments?

A completed application, with supporting documents, must be submitted first. Once your application is accepted, payment will be required in full. On an exceptional basis we may consider payment in installments; a request for installment payments must be made in writing to the program director.

 

7. Will there be a possibility of refund?

Once you are accepted in the program and after your payment is made, no refund is permitted unless the program is cancelled.

 

8. When will I be notified of acceptance?

Applications will be reviewed when all required documents have been received. You will be notified regarding your application within six weeks of receipt of all materials.

 

9. How many students are expected to enroll?

Full enrollment is expected to be 100 students in each of the two concentrations.

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10. Who will issue the Certificate of Completion?

The certificate will be from Harvard Medical School and will be provided to scholars in good standing who have completed all the requirements of the program.

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11. Could successful completion of this program be converted to credits that could be applied to a degree program?

The program does not provide academic credits.

 

12. Are there any scholarships for this program?

A limited number of full or partial scholarships may be available. Please indicate in your personal statement that you wish to be considered for a scholarship or email us here.

 

13. Can this program be completed without having to come to Harvard Medical School for one year?

You do not need to come to Harvard Medical School for a year.  The program is presented in a blended learning format, with both online and face-to-face workshop components. Of the three workshops, two are in London for three days each, and one is in Boston for five days. Both the online and face-to-face workshops are mandatory components of the program.

 

14. Do I have to be a resident of the USA to participate?  

No, you do not need to be a resident or citizen of the USA.  

 

15. Does the GCSRT Program provide visa assistance?

Not directly. For travel to London, UK, or Boston, USA, we will provide a letter of invitation should one be requested or required for visa application purposes.

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16.  What employment opportunities are available after completing this program?

As an educational program only, there are no associated opportunities for employment.

 

17. Is this an online only course or does one have to travel to the USA?

This is a blended-learning program. Online lectures will be available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.  There are three workshops - two in London for three days each, and one in Boston for five days.

 

18. What if I don't have internet access?

We strongly urge you to have a reliable internet connection in place. Under exceptional circumstances we will consider mailing you DVDs of the lectures; however, without an internet connection, you will not be able to participate in the interactive webinars.

 

19. Will a translator be available if I do not speak English?

There will be no translators.  The program is in English and fluency in English is required to participate.

 

20. When will the program begin?

The 2015 – 2016 program begins on June 13, 2015 with the first workshop in London.

 

21. Will there be an opportunity to choose the statistical software?

The course will be conducted using Stata software; participants will receive training and assignments only in Stata. Software must be purchased before the first workshop (program participants will be able to purchase Stata at a discount).

 

22. Upon being accepted to the program, should I purchase airline tickets and make travel arrangements?

No. Please do not purchase non-refundable airline ticket(s) until you have received an email from our office confirming your paid registration AND confirmation that the program will be held.

 

23. What is the time commitment for the program?

The time commitment on average is approximately 7 to 10 hours each week.

 

24. What if I don't attend all or even some of the workshops?

Attendance at the workshops is a required feature of this program. We require a minimum attendance at 2 of the 3 workshops for you to be awarded a Certificate of Completion. If a student cannot attend a workshop, a petition must be submitted to the GCSRT Education Committee for review and approval.  Please also note that in order to obtain the certificate you also need to attend a minimum of 75% of the webinars and submit and obtain a "pass grade" for all of your homework assignments.

 

25. For how long will I be able to view the pre-recorded videos after the program is concluded.

The web platform with the recorded videos will remain in place for 1 year after the completion of the program.

 

26. Does the program offer discounts if candidates apply as a group?

We do not offer any discounts to the program. We receive and welcome multiple students in any one year from the same institution.
 

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