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The Fellowship in Clinical and Translational Research Ethics (CTRE) program was created as part of the CTRE Core of the South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute (SCTR). The program is designed to provide health professionals who are interested in clinical research ethics with sufficient background in that discipline to warrant special recognition in the form of a Certificate in Clinical and Translational Research Ethics.  Please click here for a short informational video.

Fellowship application protocol: Health professionals who are interested in applying to the Fellowship Program must submit an application. Interested parties must apply before the drop-add date (by end-of-business Thursday before drop/add Friday) in the fall or spring semester. Those wishing to obtain academic credit for the courses that comprise the Fellowship must register for them through the MUSC Registrar’s Office. All Fellows must finish on time all courses in which they are enrolled.
  • For applicants who do not want academic credit: Free enrollment.
  • For applicants who want academic credit, payment must be made to the MUSC Office of Enrollment Management.
The program comprises several components: a one semester, one-credit course in research ethics, ETH 750, Ethical Issues in Clinical Research and a sister course, ETH 789, Advanced Ethical Issues in Clinical Research; a one semester one-credit semester interprofessional course, ETH 738, Clinical Research Ethics Seminar Series; and a one semester two-credit course, ETH 705, Key Ethical Concepts in Clincal and Translational Investigation. A mentor guided research project on a topic in CTRE that results in a publishable manuscript may be substituted for ETH 789. All courses are available online.  
The Fellowship can be completed in one year or two. Those who elect to take the two-year track must complete ETH750 and ETH 789 the first year and ETH 738 and ETH 705 the second year. (See Table)

Semester1 Year Track2 Year Track
Fall 1

ETH 750
ETH 738

ETH 750
Spring 1ETH 789
ETH 705
ETH 789
Fall 2N/AETH 738
Spring 2


ETH 705

Academic credit students: Each course must be completed in the semester in which it was registered. If not completed on time, a status of “Incomplete” will be submitted to the registrars office. At the end of the following semester, the grade of incomplete will be changed to the merit grade that fits the level of work completed for the course. A grade of 3.0 (B) or better is required for certificate fellowship credit.
Non-academic credit students:  Each course must be completed in the semester in which it was registered.  If not completed on time, the course must be restarted when it is available next. A grad of 3.0 (B) or better is required for the fellowship credit.

Using a variety of instructional methods, these courses will give the fellow a broad and deep background in research ethics, sufficient to earn special  recognition in the form of a Certificate. The Program covers all clinical and translational research ethics competencies. Members of the MUSC family who complete the Fellowship program are offered membership in the MUSC Institute of Human Values in Health Care.

The Faculty of the Fellowship in CTRE Certificate Program comprises a wide variety of health care professionals at MUSC and elsewhere who are dedicated to providing the best possible program.  With their expertise, the program boasts a broad spectrum of specialties.



Application Process
ETH 750
ETH 789
ETH 738
ETH 705
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