Master of Science - Clinical Research
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic principles of epidemiology in public health. Investigative techniques, methodology, utilization of statistical approaches to describe health populations, and critical thinking of epidemiological studies and data analysis will be emphasized.
This course introduces the theoretical and practical factors to be considered in designing and conducting a clinical trial. Topics include study designs, selecting appropriate tools for data management, identifying, and addressing ethical issues, analyzing, and reporting results.
This course focuses on the translation of scientific text from scientific research studies and clinical trials into healthcare interventions to improve the health of individuals and populations. Students will learn the fundamentals of scientific writing, translation of scientific findings, and preparation for oral presentation of scientific work.
This course prepares students to understand the basic concepts of statistics including probability theory, sampling, estimation, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. Students will be able to conduct graphical and numerical exploratory data analysis using SPSS, and to perform statistical analyses, including comparative tests of categorical and continuous data.
Students will conduct more advanced regression-based statistical analyses, including simple linear regression and correlation analysis, multiple linear regression, logistic regression, and Cox proportional hazards models. The analyses will be conducted in SPSS.
This course provides students with the fundamentals of information management and discusses key issues regarding data acquisition and storage to support clinical research. Students will become familiar with current technology used to capture, store, and analyze clinical trial data.
This course introduces students to the grant writing process. Students will learn the basics of grant writing including needs assessment, identifying potential funding sources, creating goals, and identifying assessment plans.
This course provides an in-depth review of the development and implementation of regulatory and ethical issues involved with conducting clinical trials. Topics include protection of human subjects, privacy and confidentiality, conflicts of interest, research on vulnerable subjects, and genetic testing. Regulatory requirements for healthcare products and the process of taking a medical product from research to market will also be discussed.
The aim of this course is to evaluate research articles for their validity and relevancy to practice. Students will critically assess data collection, statistical analysis, results, and the quality of research findings.
This course explores the development and application of qualitative research designs as well as the process of integrating quantitative and qualitative approaches to clinical research. Topics include the history and philosophy of mixed methods research, purposes and characteristics of mixed methods research, mixed methods research designs, data collection and analysis strategies.
Independent research provides the opportunity for students to explore a special topic of interest under the direction of a research mentor.
*Requires multiple enrollments for a minimum of 3 cumulative credit hours
The purpose of the Capstone Project is to provide the student with a comprehensive understanding of the research experience beginning with the formulation of the research question, design and conduct of the research protocol, analysis, interpretation of the findings, and publication of the research results.