Course Work

Overview of Required Courses

(6 units are required with an Application, 12 units are required without an Application)

  • HRP 225 Design & Conduct of Clinical & Epidemiologic Studies (3 units)
  • HRP 258 Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Clinical Research (3 units)

Curriculum Requirements

A basic knowledge of various observational and experimental designs will be at the core of the didactic program for all trainees. All students in the Clinical Research Foundation area will be required to participate in select courses. Each of these courses already has been developed and includes enrollees in the Masters Program in Epidemiology or Health Services Research, medical students, and other graduate students.

It is noteworthy that much of the material covered in the core courses selected for the students in the Clinical Research Foundation focuses on epidemiologic principles and data analysis. We appreciate that the randomized, controlled, clinical trial is the gold standard of clinical research and, when properly designed and conducted, is viewed as providing the highest standard of rigor for answering cause and effect research questions in clinical medicine. However, it is critically important that students recognize that not all clinical research questions can be addressed using a clinical trial and that not every clinical research scientist will conduct clinical trials. Many investigators will focus their careers on developing new diagnostic or screening tests, conducting prognostic studies to identify factors that affect disease outcome, and developing preventive approaches that will forestall the development of disease. Because clinical research is often observational rather than experimental, the application of strict epidemiological principles is needed to achieve rigor and to avoid or control for the various study biases such as selection bias, measurement error, and confounding that can distort study conclusions.

Additional didactic courses will be recommended on the basis of the research interest and project of each student. These courses include, but are not limited to:

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