Outline: Clinical Research


Steven Goodman, MD, MHS, PhD

Rita Popat, PhD

Objectives and Goals

Clinical Research is one of the seven Scholarly Concentration program’s Foundations. Required course work is designed to introduce students to the critical concepts that underpin clinical research. In addition to didactic instruction, students participate in the conduct of faculty-mentored, hypothesis-driven, clinical research projects. The projects may be descriptive (observational) or interventional in design.


Students who pursue Clinical Research in conjunction with an application area, such as Immunology, are required to complete 6 units, including either HRP 258 or HRP 259, and HRP 225:

EPI 258 Intro to probability and statistics for clinical research (3 units, spring) OR

EPI 259:  Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Epidemiology (3 units, fall)

EPI 225 Introduction to Epidemiologic and Clinical Research Methods* (3 units, fall)
(*previously known as “Design and conduct of clinical and epidemiologic studies”)

For students interested in completing all 12 units required by the Scholarly Concentration program in Clinical Research, additional courses can be selected based upon specific interests and preferences. Students also may choose to build on their course work in the pursuit of a Master’s degree in Epidemiology, offered by our Department of Epidemiology and Population Health (previously known as the Department of Health and Research Policy).