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Master of Science in Clinical Research: Content Specialization

Trainees pursuing the Master of Science in Clinical Research must choose a specialty track and may also choose to further focus their research by taking 6 credits of coursework for an optional content specialization. Three content specializations are currently available:

Content Specialization in Health Care Disparities and Underserved Community Research

This content specialization is designed to provide advanced training in health services research that focuses on underserved populations and health care disparities. Courses chosen from the following list will provide trainees with skills and analytic methods that are appropriate for disparities and community-based research and will help trainees identify and address problems facing underserved communities.

Required Courses
Course numberCourse titleCreditsTerm offered
CLRES 2200 Introduction to Research on Disparities in Health Care 2.0 during the Fall in even years
MEDEDU 2240 Cultural Competence 1.0 during the Spring in even years
Suggested Elective Courses
Course numberCourse titleCreditsTerm offered
CLRES 2107 Comparative Effectiveness Research and PCOR 2.0 every Fall
CLRES 2400 Qualitative Research Methods 1.0 every Spring
BCHS 2504 Overview of Health Communications 3.0 every Fall
BCHS 2520 Theories of Health Behavior and Health Education 3.0 every Fall
BCHS 2524 Overview of Minority Health and Health Disparities 3.0 every Spring
BCHS 2526 Health Disparities Research: Methods and Interventions 3.0 every Spring
BCHS 2528 Integrative Seminar in Minority Health and Health Disparities 1.0 every Spring
BCHS 2559 Community Development Approaches to Public Health 3.0 every Fall
BCHS 2568 Human Diversity and Public Health Policy, Research, and Practice 2.0 every Summer
BCHS 2598 Social Inequities in Health 3.0 every Summer
EDUC 2103 Race & Racism in Education & Society 3.0 every Fall
EPIDEM 2173 Cultural Diversity in Epidemiological Research 2.0 every Fall
EPIDEM 2400 Psychosocial Factors in Disease 2.0 every Spring
EPIDEM 2710 Epidemiology of Women's Health 2.0 every Spring
HPM 2065 Health Policy and Development 3.0 every Spring
HPM 2072 Health Reform in the United States: Past, Present, and Future 2.0 every Spring
HPM 2130 Health Law and Ethics 2.0 every Fall
HPM 2135 Health Policy 2.0 every Fall
HPM 2142 Managing the Health Populations 3.0 every Fall
LAW 5959 Global Health and Human Rights Seminar 3.0 every Fall
SOC 2426 Historical/Sociological Perspectives in Public Health 3.0 every Spring
SOC 2429 Women in Society 3.0 every Fall
SWBEH 2008 Human Behavior: Urban Environment 3.0 every Spring
SWCOSA 2087 Special Topics: Community-Based Participatory Research 1.0-3.0 every Spring
SWINT 2096 Clinical Social Work with African American Families 3.0 every Spring
SWWEL 2035 Global Perspectives in Social Work 3.0 every Spring
SWWEL 2051 Economics and Social Work 3.0 every Spring

Content Specialization in Palliative Care Research

This content specialization is designed to provide trainees with the following: didactic training in a broad spectrum of research methodologies, technologies, and tools; exposure to multidisciplinary research teams, hands-on mentored experience in conducting patient-oriented research; and the conceptual and writing skills necessary to submit competitive grant applications for successful, long-term patient-oriented research careers.

Required Courses
Course numberCourse titleCreditsTerm offered
CLRES 2601 Principles and Practices in Palliative Care Part I 1.0 every Summer
CLRES 2602 Principles and Practices in Palliative Care Part II 1.0 every Fall
CLRES 2610 Research Methods in Palliative Care 1.0 every Spring
Suggested Elective Courses
Course numberCourse titleCreditsTerm offered
CLRES 2107 Comparative Effectiveness Research and PCOR 2.0 every Fall
CLRES 2120 Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care 1.0 every Fall and Spring
CLRES 2121 Clinical Decision Analysis 1.0 every Fall and Spring
BCHS 3002 Health Survey Methods 3.0 every Spring
BCHS 3007 Ethnographic and Qualitative Methods 3.0 every Spring
BIOETH 2658 Philosophy of Medicine 3.0 every Fall
BIOETH 2661 Theoretical Foundations 3.0 every Fall
BIOETH 2664 Bioethics 3.0 TBD
NUR 1829 Contemporary Issues in Cross-Cultural Care 3.0 every Spring
NUR 2350 Crisis Intervention 3.0 TBD
SOC 2406 Medical Sociology 3.0 TBD
SOC 2426 Historical/Sociological Perspectives in Public Health 3.0 every Spring