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Master of Science in Clinical Research: Core Curriculum and Required Coursework

Purpose of the Core Curriculum

The purpose of the core curriculum is to provide trainees with the basic set of skills that are required by clinical investigators in all fields of interest. These skills include an understanding of research design, epidemiologic methods, biostatistics, study and survey design, measurement of outcomes, and ethical and regulatory principles of research involving human subjects. There may be additional requirements, depending on the specific research training path.

Sequence of the Core Curriculum

The curriculum uses structured didactic techniques that are complemented with hands-on experience in clinical research methodology. The set of core courses has been carefully designed to provide some level of reinforcement without redundancy. It is possible to take the core curriculum coursework across more than one term.

Grant Writing Course

The Grant Writing course can be taken only after the core curriculum coursework is completed. The Grant Writing course focuses on research design and development during the fall and spring terms.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Requirement

Clinical Research Degree Program students are required to attend 8, 1-hour Responsible Conduct in Research workshops. These workshops are offering through the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). More information and a schedule of these workshops can be found here. The ICRE will work with CTSI to track student attendance. At the time of graduation, students must have at least 8 hours of RCR training in order to be eligible to graduate.

Required Courses
Course numberCourse titleCreditsTerm offered
CLRES 2005 Computer Methods in Clinical Research 1.0 every Summer
CLRES 2010 Clinical Research Methods 3.0 every Summer
CLRES 2020 Biostatistics 4.0 every Summer
CLRES 2040 Measurement in Clinical Research 1.0 every Summer
CLRES 2071 Advanced Grant Writing Part I 3.0 every Fall
CLRES 2072 Advanced Grant Writing Part II 1.0 every Spring

MS Course of Study