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Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Practice: Curriculum

Curriculum Details


The graduate certificate in Clinical Research Practice requires successful completion of 15 credit hours, including three credit hours of elective courses, selected in consultation with the program director, from existing online graduate courses in Medical Laboratory Sciences or Health Sciences.


This class is designed for health care providers interested in learning about and engaging in clinical research It will provide an overview of the design and conduct of clinical research, with an emphasis on types of studies most relevant to health care professionals. After exploring the critical elements of the research designs, students will apply foundational knowledge to develop a research proposal and select an appropriate study design for a clinical or translational research project.

This class is designed for health care providers interested in learning about legal and ethical issues in clinical and translational research It examines legal and ethical issues that arise in the design and conduct of clinical and translational research Students will engage in ethical reasoning by assessing case studies that involve a range of bioethics topics.

Analysis and evaluation of study design strategies and current practices for major therapeutic areas of clinical research (e.g., vaccine development, cardiovascular disease, anti-infectives, CNS, etc.)

This class is designed for early independent investigators in Clinical and Translational Research as a capstone This course will allow students to apply the knowledge gained throughout the program through the completion of an independent, mentored research project (i.e., original research manuscript, review article, etc.)

Basic concepts and methods of biostatistics applied to translational research. Topics include distributions, populations and sample selection, variables, interaction and confounding, hypothesis formulation, correlation, t-tests, ANOVA, regression, and chi.

Students explore the basic concepts of epidemiology which includes various epidemiological study designs used to examine disease frequency, cause-effect relationships between risk factors and disease states, and effects of bias as examples. Students apply epidemiologic concepts in the context of translational research.

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Note, 45 transferrable credits required to apply for BSHS and BSHS/MSHS dual degree programs