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Master of Science in Clinical Research: Specialty Tracks

Trainees pursuing the Master of Science in Clinical Research must choose a specialty track. Four tracks are available:

The descriptions below include a partial list of relevant courses for each track. Trainees must complete the specialty track requirements. The list of elective courses is intended only as a suggestion of other courses that may be of interest. Trainees may work with their advisors to select other relevant courses that are offered in the schools of the health sciences.

Clinical Trials Research Track

Director: Charity G. Moore, PhD, MSPH

The Clinical Trials Research Track provides training related to the design, performance, and analysis of clinical studies and relevant principles of pharmacology. Trainees are encouraged to develop a protocol for a study involving human subjects and then to direct the study and analyze the results. A project such as this could be developed in conjunction with the research endeavors of the Pittsburgh Clinical Research Network. The mentor and graduate committee appointed to work with each trainee will provide guidance in the identification of an appropriate project.

Required Courses
Course number Course title Credits Term
CLRES 2080 Master's Thesis Research 1–3 All Terms
CLRES 2120 Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care 1 Fall
CLRES 2800 Fundamentals of Clinical Trials 1 Spring
CLRES 2810 Statistical Methods and Issues in Clinical Trials 1 Spring
CLRES 2820 Special Topics in Clinical Trials 1 Spring
Suggested Elective Courses
Course number Course title Credits Term
CLRES 2021 ANOVA and Regression 1 Fall
CLRES 2022 Logistic Regression 1 Fall
CLRES 2023 Survival Analysis 1 Spring
CLRES 2026 Analysis of Correlated Data 1 Spring
CLRES 2107 Comparative Effectiveness Research 2 Fall
CLRES 2140 Best Practices in Clinical Research 1 Spring
CLRES 2320 Clinical Trials Practicum 2–3 Fall/Spring
EOH 2302 Molecular Approaches: Toxicology 2 TBD
EPIDEM 2850 Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology 2 Fall
MEDEDU 2140 Medical Writing and Presentation Skills 1 Fall/Spring
PHARM 2001 Pharmaceutical Analysis 3 TBD
PHARM 3027 Interactions of Drug and Disease: Kinetic and Dynamic Issues 1–2 Fall/Spring
Comparative Effectiveness Research Track

Director: Douglas Landsittel, PhD

The ICRE offers a master's degree in clinical research with a speciality track in comparative effectiveness research (CER).

The CER Track addresses the emerging need for training in key disciplines within CER, including meta-analysis and systematic review, analysis of electronic records, and decision modeling and cost-effectiveness, as well as development of fundamental skills specific to clinical trials and statistical analysis of observational data. Required courses include each of these fundamental aspects, with electives to form a specialization. A final overview course will lead trainees through the development of a CER project and will tie together fundamental principles of CER.

Required Courses
Course number Course title Credits Term
CLRES 2080 Master's Thesis Research 1–3 All Terms
CLRES 2107 Comparative Effectiveness Research 2 Fall
CLRES 2108 Patient Registries and Electronic Health Records in CER 1 Fall
CLRES 2109 Design of CER Studies 1 Spring
CLRES 2120 Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care 1 Fall
CLRES 2121 Clinical Decision Analysis 1 Fall
CLRES 2300 Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses 1 Fall
CLRES 2800 Fundamentals of Clinical Trials 1 Spring
Suggested Elective Courses
Course number Course title Credits Term
CLRES 2021 ANOVA and Regression 1 Fall
CLRES 2022 Logistic Regression 1 Fall
CLRES 2023 Survival Analysis 1 Spring
CLRES 2025 Design and Analysis of Biomarker Studies 1 Fall
CLRES 2026 Analysis of Correlated Data 1 Spring
CLRES 2122 Advanced Methods in Decision and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis 1 Fall
CLRES 2810 Statistical Methods and Issues in Clinical Trials 1 Spring
CLRES 2820 Special Topics in Clinical Trials 1 Spring
CLRES 2830 Early Phase Clinical Trials 1 Summer
CLRES 2900 Transforming Practice for Improved Health Care 2 Fall
BCHS 2559 Community Development Approaches to Public Health 3 Spring
BCHS 2568 Human Diversity and Public Health Policy, Research, and Practice 2 Fall
BCHS 3508 Advanced Methods of Community-Based Participatory Research and Practice in Public Health 3 Spring
EPIDEM 2023 Participatory Modeling and Simulation in Public Health 3 Spring

* This course is under development.

Health Services Research Track

Director: Mark Roberts, MD, MPP

The Health Services Research Track uses components of the training program developed under the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) Innovation Award and the fellowship program in the Division of General Internal Medicine to offer courses in health services research methodology.

Required Courses
Course number Course title Credits Term
CLRES 2080 Master's Thesis Research 1–3 All Terms
CLRES 2021 ANOVA and Regression 1 Fall
CLRES 2022 Logistic Regression 1 Fall
CLRES 2023 Survival Analysis 1 Spring
CLRES 2026 Analysis of Correlated Data 1 Spring
CLRES 2107 Comparative Effectiveness Research 2 Fall
CLRES 2120/HPM 2220† Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care 1 Fall
Suggested Elective Courses
Course number Course title Credits Term
CLRES 2121/HPM 2217 Clinical Decision Analysis 1 Fall
CLRES 2122/JPM 2215† Advanced Methods in Decision and Cost-Effectiveness Analyses 1 Fall
CLRES 2124 Directed Study in Decision and Cost-Effectiveness Analyses 1–3 Fall/Spring
CLRES 2400 Qualitative Research Methods 1 Spring
BCHS 3002 Health Survey Methods 3 Spring
HPM 2028 Microeconomics Applied to Health 3 TBD
HPM 2105 Health and Medical Care Organization 2 Fall
HPM 2125 Health Economics 3 Fall
HPM 2135 Health Policy 2 Fall
MEDEDU 2140 Medical Writing and Presentation Skills 1 Fall/Spring

† Must take one of these two courses.

Translational Research Track

Director: TBD

The Translational Research Track is appropriate for trainees interested in how discoveries and findings from basic research can be turned into stud­ies of human subjects. Discoveries in basic sciences, especially the sequencing of the human genome and microbiologic advances, offer extensive opportunities for applications related to new and improved strategies for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases.

Required Courses
Course number Course title Credits Term
CLRES 2080 Master's Thesis Research 1–3 All Terms
CLRES 2021 ANOVA and Regression 1 Fall
CLRES 2022 Logistic Regression 1 Fall
CLRES 2700 Fundamentals of Bench Research Summer
CLRES 2725 Translational Research Practicum 1–2 All Terms
PHARM 3140* Introduction to Translational Research in the Health Sciences 2 Fall
Suggested Elective Courses
Course number Course title Credits Term
CLRES 2023 Survival Analysis 1 Spring
CLRES 2107 Comparative Effectiveness Research 2 Fall
CLRES 2320 Clinical Trials Practicum 2–3 Fall/Spring
CLRES 2715 Understanding and Applying OMICS 3 Spring
CLRES 2730 From Benchtop to Bedside: What Every Scientist Needs to Know 3 Spring
EPIDEM 2171 Cancer Epidemiology 2 Summer
HUGEN 2025 Human Genetics Seminar 0 Fall
HUGEN 2031 Chromosomes and Human Disease 3 Fall
HUGEN 2034 Introduction to Human Biochemical and Molecular Genetics 3 Spring
HUGEN 2040 Molecular Basis of Human Inherited Disease 3 Fall
IDM 2002 Molecular Virology 2 Spring
IDM 2004 Viral Pathogenesis 2 Fall
INTBP 2000 Foundations of Biomedical Science 8 Fall
INTBP 2030 Introduction to Biocomputing 2 Spring
MEDEDU 2140 Medical Writing and Presentation Skills 1 Fall/Spring
MSCBMP 2852 Research Seminar: Cell Biology Membrane Traffic 1 Fall
MSCBMP 2880 Cell Biology of the Normal and Disease State 3 Spring
MSCMP 2730 Molecular Mechanisms of Tissue Growth and Differentiation 3 Spring
MSCMP 2740 Molecular Pathology 3 Spring
MSCMP 3750 Angiogenesis 3 Spring
MSIMM 2210 Comprehensive Immunology 2 Spring
MSIMM 2230 Experimental Basis of Immunology 2 Spring
MSIMM 3220 Contemporary Topics in Immunology 1 Fall
MSIMM 3230 Immunology and Human Disease 2 TBD
MSMPHL 3310 Cancer Biology and Therapeutics 3 TBD
MSMPHL 3360 Molecular Pharmacology 2 Fall
MSMVM 2420 Experimental Virology 1 Spring
MSMVM 2470 Contemporary Topics in Molecular Virology and Microbiology 1 Fall

* students may opt out of this course