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Master of Science in Clinical Research

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Clinical Research M.S. Degree Program

The 33-credit-hour M.S. degree program includes 7 core courses (16 to 17 hours) in epidemiology, an epidemiology laboratory, biostatistics, data management, advanced epidemiologic methods, grant writing, and research ethics. The program also includes elective credit hours and a thesis. Students must complete 13 to 14 credit hours in elective courses in 1 of 3 emphasis areas:

  • Translational research,
  • Health services outcomes, or
  • Community and clinical medicine.

The capstone requirement, a thesis, accounts for the final 3 credit hours. Students are allowed up to 7 years to complete the M.S. in clinical research degree; however, most students can complete the program in 2 to 3 years of full-time study.

M.S. in Clinical Research Degree Requirements

Each candidate must complete a minimum of 33 credit hours toward the M.S. degree.

Core Courses (16-17 hours)

PRVM 800 Principles of Epidemiology 3
PRVM 802 Principles of Epidemiology Lab 1
BIOS 714 Fundamentals of Biostatistics I 3
BIOS 715 Statistical Computing in Research (2) or
PRVM 875 Management of Public Health Data (3)
PRVM 841 Advanced Epidemiology I: Methods in Cross-Sectional and Case-Control Studies 3
NRSG 889/PRVM 872 Grant Writing 3
PRVM 853 Responsible Conduct of Research 1

Emphasis Area

Student selects Translational Research, Health Services Outcomes, or Community and Clinical Medicine (9 hours)

Translational Research

  • BIOS 717 Fundamentals of Biostatistics II (required) (3)
  • Choose 6 hours from the following selectives:
    BIOS 810 Clinical Trials (3)
    PRVM 811 Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology (3)
    PTOX 830 Introduction to Clinical and Translational Cancer Research (3)
    PHCL 939 Carcinogenesis and Cancer Biology (3)

Health Services Outcomes

  • PRVM 842 Advanced Epidemiology II: Methods in Longitudinal Studies (required) (3)
  • Choose 6 hours from the following selectives:
    PRVM 835 Evaluation Methods in Public Health (3)
    PRVM 844 Organization, Financing, and Delivery of Health Care (3)
    PRVM 846 Health Economics (3)
    PRVM 878 Cost-Effectiveness and Decision Analysis (3)
    HP&M 846 Managing Information Systems and Technology (3)
    HP&M 884 Clinical and Administrative Data Analysis (3)

Community and Clinical Medicine

  • BIOS 810 Clinical Trials (3) or
    PRVM 842 Advanced Epidemiology II: Methods in Longitudinal Studies (3)
  • Choose 6 hours from the following selectives:
    PRVM 836 Epidemiology in Aging (3)
    PRVM 839 Community-Oriented Primary Care Epidemiology (3)
    PRVM 849 Qualitative Methods in Public Health (3)
    PRVM 850 Cancer Epidemiology (3)
    PRVM 856 Community-Based Participatory Research (3)
    PRVM 863 Health Disparities in Public Health (3)

Electives (4-5 hours). Students must receive prior approval for any elective not listed above.

Capstone Requirement (3 hours). Thesis or publishable paper.

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