Additional Coursework

Trainees funded by or otherwise participating in the Research Training Program in Sleep, Circadian and Respiratory Neurobiology are expected to fulfill this requirement by taking 40 hours of coursework during one year that would be useful to the trainee's career. Courses can include a Neuroscience course, or two or more courses in the Harvard School of Public Health Summer Session totaling 40 hours of coursework. Appropriateness will be determined in consultation with each trainee's mentor and Academic Advisor, taking into account prior training and career path. (Some trainees may be recommended to pursue both requirements.) This requirement is separate from the writing and statistics requirements.

Summer Session Courses

Trainees funded by or otherwise participating in the Research Training Program in Sleep, Circadian and Respiratory Neurobiology may be expected to complete two or more courses in the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Summer Session.

Trainees may be required* to take at least two courses in the HSPH's Summer Program for Clinical Effectiveness. Some trainees opt to complete the entire Clinical Effectiveness program, and still others go on to complete a Masters in Public Health (MPH). Individual trainees should discuss the various options with their mentor and Academic Advisor in deciding which option is best for them.

Please note that while waivers of certain courses or requirements may be obtained by documenting with the Academic Advisor previous completion of the same or an equivalent course, other (non-HSPH) courses are unlikely to be approved as substitutes for this requirement. Documentation of course completion must be filed with the program administrator.

Harvard School of Public Health - Program for Clinical Effectiveness
Recommended for all trainees with a clinical background: The Program for Clinical Effectiveness is a seven week intensive program, generally running from the first of July through the middle of August. The registration deadline for the following summer is approximately February 1st.
The Administrator and contact for this program is Barbara C. Rosen: (617) 732-5648 or brosen@partners.org.
For more information, please view the description below.

Harvard School of Public Health - Summer Session for Public Health
The Harvard Summer Session for Public Health Studies introduces students to the core areas of patient-oriented/applied research and public health in two intensive sessions. Pre-doctoral students, MDs, and PhDs whose prior training provides insufficient background for a career in patient-oriented/applied research in Track II are required to complete two courses in this program.
For more information, please see the description below, or visit the HSPH Summer Session website.

Please refer to the table of Academic Requirements to determine whether courses in the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Summer Session are required or recommended for you. Confirmation of requirements should be made in consultation with your Academic Advisor.

*Trainees whose research involves clinical patient populations will be required, and other trainees whose research involves human subjects also may be required, to take these courses.

Neuroscience Courses


Trainees funded by or otherwise participating in the Research Training Program in Sleep, Circadian and Respiratory Neurobiology may be expected to complete one or more courses in neuroscience. Waivers of certain courses or requirements may be obtained by documenting with the Academic Advisor previous completion of the same or an equivalent course. Documentation of waivers must be filed with the program administrator.

Following is a list of previously-approved and future courses that may fulfill this requirement. Other courses can be substituted with approval from the trainee's faculty mentor and Academic Advisor. Documentation of course completion must be filed with the program administrator.

Neuroscience Short Courses
Annual Neuroscience Conference
The annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, is usually in the fall.  Scientists will congregate from around the world to exchange ideas and information addressing the diverse field of neuroscience. Through lectures, symposia, workshops and more, Neuroscience is an opportunity for learning and professional development.  For more information and to register please visit the Society for Neuroscience website.

SLEEP Meeting
The Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC (APSS) is held in early June.  

The Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC, was established in 1986 and is a joint venture of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society. The APSS publishes SLEEP, a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal, and organizes an annual meeting of the leading researchers and clinicians in the field of sleep medicine. This meeting is the largest gathering of sleep professionals in the world, attracting an international body of approximately 6,000 physicians, researchers, technologists, students and allied health care providers.  For more information, please visit the APSS website.

National Council Discovery Day
This annual breakfast starts in Roscoe's at The Jackson Laboratory. This meeting is open to all current members and those interested in learning more about the Council.  Please visit the Jackson Laboratory website for more information on registration and accommodations.

Annual Short Course on Experimental Models of Human Cancer

This course is held annually at the Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor ME.  This is a graduate-level genetics course for predoctoral and postdoctoral students as well as established investigators entering the field of mouse genetics. The course focuses on the mouse as an experimental tool in cancer research.  Workshops will include: mouse genome informatics, laboratory animal biomethods (optional), gross pathology, necropsy and tumor histo-pathology. The intensive course offers a mix of formal lectures, discussion groups, demonstrations, workshops and tutorials. The course is held in a retreat-like setting and is limited to 35 participants to ensure a supportive learning atmosphere with exceptional interaction between students and faculty.  Please visit the Jackson Laboratory website for more information.

Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole
The MBL offers advanced, graduate-level courses in embryology, physiology, neurobiology, microbiology, reproduction, and parasitology for six to eight weeks each summer. For more information on these courses, please visit the Marine Biological Laboratory website.

Other Neuroscience Courses
EH223,  Advanced Respiratory Physiology (Harvard School of Public Health)
This limited enrollment course is taught by Dr James Preston Butler of Harvard Medical School.
Fall term: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00-10:20am, SPH3 - 204.
Also cross-listed at FAS as BPH-206.

This course will cover in depth three major aspects of pulmonary physiology. At the level of structure, lung mechanics in health and disease will be described, along with pulmonary function tests and their interpretation. At the level of function, gas exchange with blood will be emphasized, with quantitative emphases on the distributions of ventilation and perfusion. The control of breathing will be explored, with an emphasis on dyspnea and the role of chemical drive and its modulation. Special topics may include, among other themes, aerosol transport and deposition, host defense and the inflammatory response, and airway hyperactivity in asthma.

HST100/101  Respiratory Pathophysiology (MIT)
Directed by JM Drazen
Spring term

This course is designed as a first course in pulmonary biology in health and disease. The functional structure of the respiratory system and its physiology will be developed with the aid of quantitative models with relevance to human disease. The molecular basis of human disease, when known, will be reviewed and placed in the context of the aforementioned models. The use of diagnostic aids to establish the locus, type and magnitude of pathological processes will be examined.

MBB 980a, The Biology of Conscious States: Waking, Sleeping, and Dreaming (Harvard University)
This seminar is taught by Robert Stickgold, PhD of the DSM.
Spring term

This course focuses on waking, sleeping, and dreaming as examples of conscious states in both humans and animals. Original papers and books by Allan Hobson (The Dreaming Brain) and Antonio Damasio (The Feeling of What Happens) form the background for discussions of waking, sleeping, and dreaming from the perspectives of neurology, physiology, psychology, and cognitive neurosciences. Discusses various approaches to understanding the functions of sleep and wake (consciousness) and reviews several theories on the topic.  Please visit the course website for more information.

Please refer to the table of Academic Requirements to determine whether a course in neuroscience is required or recommended for you. Confirmation of requirements should be made in consultation with your Academic Advisor. 

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Program in Clinical Effectiveness
The Program in Clinical Effectiveness is a joint program of Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. It is designed for clinicians seeking the quantitative and analytic skills needed for clinical research or interested in health care administration. The program begins with an intensive seven-week, 15-credit summer program, which contains summer-long core courses in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. All participants also select two half-summer courses from offerings in Current Issues in Health Policy, Decision Analysis in Clinical Research, Ethical Basis of the Practice of Public Health: Health Care Delivery, Improving Quality in Health Care, Linear and Longitudinal Regression, Medical Informatics, Methods for Decision Making in Medicine, Research with Large Databases, and Survey of Methods and Applications in Health Services Research. These courses can be applied as credits to either a Master of Science degree or a Master of Public Health degree if trainees wish to complete the degree course requirements.


Summer Session for Public Health Studies
The Summer Session for Public Health Studies at Harvard School of Public Health is a program designed to provide quantitative and analytic skills required by Track II trainees. Pre-doctoral students, MDs, and PhDs whose prior training provides insufficient background for a career in patient-oriented/applied research in this track at required to complete two courses in this program. The Harvard Summer Session for Public Health Studies introduces students to the core areas of patient-oriented/applied research and public health in two intensive sessions. The courses are the same as those offered during the Program in Clinical Effectiveness and during the academic year for degree candidates, and are taught by Harvard faculty, but shortened from 8 weeks to 3 weeks. As a result, the sessions are intense, demanding the full-time attention of participants. Summer students attend one or two sessions in July and August. The curriculum includes courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, health care management, health policy, ethics, environmental health, and social and behavioral science. These courses are essential for evaluating clinical effectiveness in specialty medicine, and the practice of public health. Each course offers 2.5 credits, and the maximum recommended course load is 5 credits (two courses) per session. Summer Session participants include physicians in training (including preventive medicine residents, and medical students in an MD/MPH joint-degree program), candidates for a part-time MPH program, trainees requiring basic knowledge or patient-oriented research, public health professionals, primary care practitioners, and physicians engaged in the evaluation of health care delivery and management. As electives, some patient-oriented research trainees may continue to complete all courses offered, thereby completing the entire Program in Clinical Effectiveness and degree courses if applicable.

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