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The blended-curriculum will be delivered via a mixture of recorded online lectures (ROLs), interactive webinars and seven intensive, 2-day, residential workshops over the two years of the program. All workshops will be conducted in Portugal.




Each workshop will be focused on the development of practical skills in clinical research. Particular emphasis will be placed on manuscript writing, research proposal preparation, biostatistical programming and critical thinking skills.

Recorded Online Lectures

Recorded online lectures (ROLs), available 24/7 throughout the program, are used to deliver the educational material of each module. In the first year a foundation course will introduce medical statistics and epidemiology, covering basic concepts in descriptive statistics, inferential statistics and study design. In the second year, the curriculum will focus on advanced epidemiology, including causal inference and advanced study design, as well as developing advanced concepts in biostatistics. Students will have elective options in each year.


There will be a choice of electives for students during the summer months (July and August) of each year. For first year students, the choice will be between clinical trials or advanced quantitative methods; for second year students, the choice will be between drug development and safety, or genetic epidemiology.


The live webinars are designed to compliment the learning objectives of the ROLs, providing students with the opportunity to interact directly with Harvard faculty.

Mentored Scientific Writing

During the two year program, students will develop skills in the art of scientific communication. Each student will benefit from the input of a dedicated mentoring committee consisting of a primary Portuguese mentor and a Harvard advisor. The task for year one students is to prepare an individual research proposal; and the task for year two is to prepare an original manuscript. It is expected that this manuscript would be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed medical journal.

Team Work

Enrolled students will be randomly allocated to teams of approximately five students each. Each team will work together on four assignments during the program.


Upon completion of the program, scholars will be able to:

1. Develop detailed and feasible research questions
2. Design appropriate studies and testable hypotheses for clinical questions
3. Analyze, interpret and present clinical research data
4. Develop skills in networking and collaboration

Supported by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT)