Clinical & Population Health Research Program Courses

The courses listed below inlcude required courses of the Cinical & Population Health Research curriculum, research and milestone courses, as well as program specific advanced topics, seminars, journal clubs and tutorials.

  • Advanced Epidemiology and Research Methods | CTS 602A

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation, Pathway to Graduate Study

    Building on basic skills in epidemiology and scientific research methods, this two-semester course will cover research design, sampling, hypothesis development and testing. Students will develop skills in use of clinical and epidemiological databases and national health surveys. In addition, methodological strengths of various quantitative and qualitative techniques and designs will be explored. Students will have problem sets to complete, in addition to assignments to develop original research approaches to specific scientific and clinical questions.

    Prerequisites: CTS605A or equivalent or permission from course coordinator 

    Course Coordinator: William Jesdale

    Semester Offered: Fall

    Last Taught: Fall 2016

  • Advanced Epidemiology and Research Methods | CTS 602B

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    The purpose of this class is to learn advanced epidemiologic techniques, to learn how and when to apply them, and to learn to design rigorous epidemiologic studies.  Students will gain experience in reading the primary epidemiologic methods literature. Course objectives will be met through class lecture, class discussion, problem sets, exams, application of selected principles to one’s research and the development of a mini-lecture.

    Prerequisites: CTS602A, CTS603A, CTS603B (corequisite) 

    Course Coordinator: Kate Lapane

    Semester Offered: Spring

    Last Taught: Spring 2016

  • Generalized Linear Models | CTS 603A

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    This course provides an overview of multivariable analysis and advanced analytical strategies for clinical and population health research. Emphasis is on developing an understanding of multivariable modeling in the context of linear, logistic and Poisson regression. Computational lab assignments and two exams will be completed.

    Prerequisites: CTS605A, Introduction to Statistics or permission from course coordinator 

    Course Coordinator: Sharina Person

    Semester Offered: Fall

    Last Taught: Fall 2016

  • Statistical Methods for Survival and Longitudinal Data Analysis | CTS 603B

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    Course provides a foundation for statistical thinking in clinical and population health research involving time to event data and longitudinal data. Students will learn statistical models used for estimation and inference; understand advanced statistical techniques; and develop modeling strategies and analysis plans for specific research questions.

    Prerequisites: CTS603A

    Course Coordinator: Stavroula Chrysanthopoulou

    Semester Offered: Spring

    Last Taught: Spring 2016

  • Comprehensive Project | CTS 604

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research

    This course will provide structure and support for students completing their first major evaluation milestone.  Students come to the first day of class with a research study question approved by their mentor and an existing dataset to use to evaluate the study question. Students will develop a manuscript and write it up according to the instructions for authors for the target journal. Students will conduct their own data analysis and will be evaluated on summative competencies expected to be achieved by the end of their first year of CPHR core coursework and research experiences.  Students present their work in an open forum in the form of a 10-15 minute presentation followed by questions and answers. The manuscripts are sent out for review by three faculty.  Students have two weeks to write a rebuttal and prepare a revised manuscript.

    Prerequisites: CTS602A&B, CTS603A&B, CTS702

    Course Coordinator: Kate Lapane

    Semester Offered: Summer

    Last Taught: Summer 2016

  • Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics | CTS 605A

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation, Pathway to Graduate Study

    This course reviews basic principles of epidemiology, investigation of disease outbreaks, and the application of various observational and experimental research designs and strategies to clinical, epidemiological, and translational research. Didactic instruction, readings, and problem sets (including lab-based analyses) are utilized to more fully understand epidemics and their causes, as well as various study designs including cross-sectional studies, case-control studies, cohort designs, and randomized clinical trials. Students also will learn how to design surveillance systems and develop and evaluate screening and diagnostic tests. Students are graded on in-class participation and two writing assignments (write-up of lab exercise and in-class student presentation). This is a full semester course with a total of 30 contact hours.

    Course Coordinator:  Stavroula Chrysanthopoulou

    Semester Offered: Fall

    Last Taught: Fall 2016

  • NIH Grant Challenge | CTS 606

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    This course is designed to familiarize trainees with the grants review process and each of the NIH grant proposal requirements. The course will include detailed overviews of the grant process, participation in several mock proposal review sessions, and completion of each of the written components of a grant including specific aims, background and significance, preliminary studies, and design methods. Students should involve their mentor in the development of their grant proposal to the extent possible. 

    Course Coordinator: Robert Goldberg

    Semester Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Last Taught: Has not been taught within past two years

  • Biomedical Informatics | CTS 607

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    This course offers an overview of the field of biomedical informatics. In this course, concepts from computer and information science are combined with current issues in research, training and clinical practice. The course will provide a broad overview of electronic health records, decision support systems, standards, security and confidentiality, evidence-based medicine, information retrieval, bioinformatics, public health informatics, imaging informatics and consumer health informatics.

    Course Coordinator: Ralph Zotolla

    Semester Offered: Fall

    Last Taught: Has not been taught within past two years

  • Team Science | CTS 608

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    Students will learn how to: create and sustain cohesive research teams; develop a productive program of research; develop good mentor and mentee relationships; engage in transdisciplinary science; understand the NIH Roadmap; and hear about different forms of clinical and community research from local investigators who conduct it. 

    Course Coordinator: Molly Waring

    Semester Offered: Spring

    Last Taught: Spring 2015

  • Design of Clinical Trials | CTS 609

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    The course considers the scientific and practical considerations in the design and conduct of observational studies and clinical trials. Topics to be covered include: study designs (cohort studies, case-control studies and clinical trials); confounding and bias; ethical considerations; patient recruitment and retention; interim analysis and safety monitoring; and analysis and reporting. Course objectives will be met through a combination of lecture, discussion and development of a proposal in the student’s area of interest.

    Prerequisites: CTS605A or permission from instructor 

    Course Coordinator: Bruce Barton

    Semester Offered: Spring

    Last Taught: Spring 2015

  • Topics in Molecular Medicine | CTS 610

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    This course covers a variety of current topics centered on specific diseases with a molecular aspect to either diagnosis or treatment. The course is aimed at developing skills necessary for understanding and discovering how changes in gene function can cause human disease. The course includes a series of topics that use inherited disease processes to illustrate the physiological consequences of molecular, cellular and genetic phenomena. The course emphasizes the acquisition of skills in interpreting scientific literature and synthesizing this knowledge with real-world patient care. In this way, students learn interesting state-of-the-art material while developing skills and expertise in integrative biology and molecular medicine. 

    Course Coordinator: John Sullivan

    Semester Offered: Spring

    Last Taught: Has not been taught within past two years

  • Scientific Writing | CTS 611

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    This course teaches students how to develop a peer reviewed scientific manuscript, through the review of elements of style, authorship and extent of information that needs to be incorporated into a scientific research paper. Students will learn how to develop the elements that go into a successful scientific manuscript, submit an article for peer review and respond to reviewers' concerns. During each session, students will critique the work of others enrolled in the course to obtain hands on experience in the write-up of the introduction, methods, results and discussion sections of a manuscript. This course will also teach students how to put together a successful oral, as well as poster, scientific presentation.

    Course Coordinator: Robert Goldberg

    Semester Offered: Fall

    Last Taught: Fall 2016

  • Systematic Review | CTS 701

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    The purpose of this class is to teach students how to conduct a systematic review, including development of a question of appropriate scope and clinical relevance; development of abstraction tool; selection of articles; and drafting of all sections of the review, including tables and figures. The end product will be a journal style and length systematic review in the topic area of the student’s substantive interest area that is 75 percent ready for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. 

    Course Coordinator: Robert Goldberg

    Semester Offered: Fall

    Last Taught: Fall 2016

  • Ethics for Clinical Research | CTS 702

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    This course is designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of ethics that will prepare them to understand and address problems in the ethical conduct of research, as well as understand and address scientific misconduct, including fraud, misrepresentation and conflict of interest. The course also addresses authorship guidelines, IRB regulations and UMass Medical School regulations. Students will also focus on how to design ethical research and evaluate treatment risk, placebo control, ethics of recruitment, dilemmas of informed consent, potential scientific contribution and issues for special populations and conducting research internationally. 

    Course Coordinator: Catherine Dube

    Semester Offered: Fall

    Last Taught: Fall 2016

  • Advanced Topics in Determinants of Health | CTS 710

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    This course will cover advanced topics in population genetics with specific emphasis on psychiatric conditions; gene-environment interactions; genome-wide association studies (GWAS) related to genetic predisposition; and epidemiology topics related to behavioral health.  Class sessions will be a combination of discussion, methods, paper reviews and lab/data analysis.

    Prerequisites: Permission from instructor 

    Course Coordinator: Kate Lapane

    Semester Offered: Summer

    Last Taught: Has not been taught within last two years

  • Advanced Topics in Epidemiology | CTS 711

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    Course will cover a focused set of issues in advanced epidemiology such as conducting community based, surveillance-based randomized controlled trial. Skills will be developed in the practical and scientific issues as well as analysis plans and presentation of results.

    Prerequisites: CTS602A, CTS602B, CTS603A, CTS603B, or permission from instructor

    Course Coordinator: Kate Lapane

    Semester Offered: Summer

    Last Taught: Has not been taught within past two years

  • Advanced Topics in Biostatistics | CTS 712

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    This course will cover an advanced topic in biostatistics (for example, longitudinal data analysis, survival analysis, graphical information systems and spatial statistics). The purpose of the course is to provide students with emersion in one particular area of biostatistics, providing the theoretical background necessary and the practical hands-on data-analyze experience.

    Prerequisistes: CTS603A, CTS603B or permission from instructor 

    Course Coordinator: Kate Lapane

    Semester Offered: Summer

    Last Taught: Fall 2016

  • Advanced Analytical Methods in Health Outcome Studies | CTS 716

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    This advanced methods course is focused on learning methods for addressing confounding and bias. The goals for students taking this course are: to become comfortable recognizing and discussing bias and confounding; to gain experience in using a variety of techniques that help in identifying and minimizing bias and confounding; and to be able to assess the potential impact of residual bias and confounding on study results. This course is organized as topic lectures followed by applications of the topic. Students independently apply what is introduced in the lecture to their own data and share their learning with classmates. 

    Prerequisites: CTS602A, CTS602B, CTS603A, CTS603B

    Course Coordinator: Kate Lapane

    Semester Offered: Summer

    Last Taught: Summer 2016

  • Randomized Clinical Trials in Behavioral Medicine Research | CTS 717

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    The purpose of this course is to provide opportunities for the student to understand the foundations of randomized clinical trials (RCTs) in behavioral medicine research. Topics related to theory, design, implementation, and evaluation of behavioral randomized clinical trials will be discussed. Students will develop a research project where concepts can be applied and practice reviewing behavioral RCTs in the published literature.

    Prerequisites: CTS702 or permission from instructor

    Course Coordinator: Sherry Pagoto

    Semester Offered: Summer

    Last Taught: Summer 2016

  • Epidemiologic and Preventive Aspects of Cardiovascular Disease | CTS 718

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    This course deals with the application of epidemiologic methods to the study of cardiovascular disease. The course emphasizes the preventive and therapeutic management of coronary heart disease, heart failure, hypertension and diabetes. Students will acquire an understanding of recent trends in the magnitude and outcomes associated with these chronic diseases and major clinical trials in the primary and secondary prevention of several of these important chronic diseases.

    Course Coordinator: Robert Goldberg

    Semester Offered: Spring

    Last Taught: Has not been taught within past two years

  • Designing and Conducting Health Surveys | CTS 719

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    This course introduces students to the foundations of survey methods. The course is designed to introduce students to the use of surveys in public health. Self-reported data, collected using various survey methods, are used to estimate behavioral risks, disease prevalence, access to medical care, health literacy and physical activity. For example, the CDC sponsors The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), a telephone survey conducted by U.S. state health departments. The BRFSS provides state-specific information about issues such as asthma, diabetes, health care access, alcohol use, hypertension, obesity, cancer screening, nutrition and physical activity, tobacco use and more.

    Course Coordinator: Carole Upshur

    Semester Offered: Summer, odd years

    Last Taught: Has not been taught within past two years

  • Health Literacy in Research and Practice | CTS 720

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    This course focuses on examining and analyzing the concept of health literacy, with an emphasis on the relationship of health literacy to one’s ability to manage and optimize their health. The association of health literacy to health disparities and health outcomes will be explored. Challenges in conducting health literacy research and challenges inherent in providing quality care to those with limited health literacy will be examined. Evidence-based individual and organizational approaches to mitigate the effects of limited health literacy will be addressed.

    Course Coordinator: Nancy Morris

    Semester Offered: Summer

    Last Taught: Summer 2015

  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology | CTS 721

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, Immunology & Microbiology, MS in Clinical Investigation

    This course is designed to provide a historical perspective on infectious disease epidemiology as a basis for understanding current global health research and programs aimed at disease control, elimination, eradication and extinction. A passing grade will be based on class participation, discussing required readings and a final written (take-home) report.

    Prerequisites: CTS605A or permission from instructor

    Course Coordinator: Ann Moormann

    Semester Offered: Spring

    Last Taught: Has not been taught within past two years

  • Principles of Pharmacology | CTS 722

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    Students will learn to: a) apply the scientific method and an understanding of the principles of pharmacology (pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug metabolism, drug interactions, autonomic nervous system) to the practice of evidence-based medicine; b) apply an understanding of the principles of pharmacology in the making of treatment decisions; and c) use the tools to continue life-long learning and self-assessment with respect to the principles of pharmacology, including appropriate utilization of pharmaceuticals and prescribing practice. 

    Course Coordinator: Charles Sagerstrom

    Semester Offered: Fall

    Last Taught: Has not been taught within past two years

  • Cancer Concepts | CTS 723

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    This course will cover the basic pathophysiology of malignancy, with each concept introduced by or tied back to one or more specific clinical cases. The course will utilize a combination of lectures and small group with preceptors, in which students discuss assigned reading with the assistance of a faculty preceptor, or virtual laboratories, in which students will use computer images of the pathology and the three-dimensional anatomy of malignancy to understand the process at the cellular, tissue, organ and organism levels. In addition, introductions will be provided to the three clinical disciplines of oncology and to the epidemiological and societal implications of cancer. 

    Course Coordinator: James Liebmann

    Semester Offered: Spring

    Last Taught: Has not been taught within last two years

  • Measurement and Instrumentation in Clinical Research | CTS 724

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    This is an advanced graduate-level course that focuses on measurement theory and the processes of instrument evaluation, refinement and development. This course explores the use of quantitative and qualitative procedures to measure clinically important variables. In addition, emphasis is posited upon the interaction of conceptual, methodological, cultural and pragmatic considerations that are essential to understand when measuring variables among clinical populations.

    Course Coordinator: Carol Bova

    Semester Offered: Summer

    Last Taught: Summer 2016

  • Introduction to the U.S Health Care System: How Policies and Practice Affect Health | CTS 725

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    This course provides an in-depth look at the U.S. health care system. Students will apply constructs of structure, process, and outcomes of care to understanding and evaluating health care quality and cost, and learn how health care policies and payment practices impact the accessibility, effectiveness and cost of care. 

    Course Coordinator: Robin Clark

    Semester Offered: Fall, odd years

    Last Taught: Fall 2015

  • Design and Conduct of Studies of Chronic Disease | CTS 726

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    The course will discuss fundamental concepts in chronic disease epidemiology; common research methods used in the design and conduct of studies of chronic disease epidemiology; and the application of these methods for the major chronic diseases affecting industrialized countries. Topics will include cardiovascular disease, cancer, cerebrovascular disease, diabetes and lifestyle practices to promote health.

    Prerequisites: CTS605A or permission from instructor 

    Course Coordinator: Robert Goldberg

    Semester Offered: Fall, odd years

    Last Taught: Fall 2015

  • Use of Existing Population-Based Public Health and Health Care Data | CTS 727

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    Students will become familiar with existing population-based public health, electronic medical record and claims data. Topics include advantages and disadvantages, complex sampling and weighting, and obtaining limited-access data. Using a population-based dataset, students will develop and implement an analytic plan to answer a research question of their choosing.

    Prerequisites: At least one semester each of epidemiology and biostatistics or permission of the course director

    Course Coordinator: Molly Waring

    Semester Offered: Spring, even years

    Last Taught: Spring 2016

  • Psychiatric Epidemiology | CTS 728

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    This course will provide students with fundamental knowledge of psychiatric epidemiology. We will cover epidemiological principles specific to psychiatric epidemiology such as assessment and diagnostic validity in the absence of a gold standard. Students will be given the opportunity to conduct original research and will gain knowledge of particular psychiatric illnesses through student preparation of course presentations.

    Prerequisites: At least one semester each of epidemiology and biostatistics or permission of the course director

    Course Coordinator: Eric Mick

    Semester Offered: Spring, even years

    Last Taught: Has not been taught within last two years

  • Social Epidemiology | CTS 729

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    We will cover the main societal causes implicated in affecting the health of human populations, including hierarchy, racism, gender hierarchy, heteronormativity and ableism. We will focus on methodological approaches to measuring and interpreting these forces and their effects, on both minority and dominant populations.

    Prerequisistes: CTS 605A or permission of the instructor

    Course Coordinator: William Jesdale

    Semester Offered: Spring, even years

    Last Taught: Fall 2016

  • Public Health Genomics | CTS 730

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    This course provides an in-depth look at the contribution of human genetic variation public health and is aimed at master’s- and doctoral-level students or junior faculty. The course is structured to provide students with the methodological skills required for the study of common and rare genetic variants; a historical perspective through a comprehensive analysis of seminal works in the field; and application of these concepts to available data resources.

    Prerequisites: At least one semester each of epidemiology and biostatistics or permission of course director 

    Course Coordinator: Eric Mick

    Semester Taught: Spring, odd years

    Last Taught: Spring 2015

  • Behavioral Determinants | CTS 731

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    The purpose of this class is to learn models of disease prevention; multilevel determinants of health behaviors; and major theories of health behavior change and their application to interventions to address major public health problems. 

    Course Coordinator: Milagros Rosal

    Semester Offered: Fall, even years

    Last Taught: Fall 2016

  • Qualitative Methods for Health Research | CTS 732

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    This course examines uses of qualitative methods in mixed-qualitative or mixed-qualitative/quantitative health studies. Essential qualitative research components are explored: study community, theory, rigor, research questions, data collection methods, writing open-ended questions, sampling, data analysis, publishing and writing proposals. Students apply concepts covered in class by collecting data for written assignments.

    Course Coordinator: Catherine Dube

    Semeter Offered: Spring, odd years

    Last Taught: Spring 2015

  • Pharmacoepidemiology | CTS 733

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    The purpose of this class is to learn pharmacoepidemiology, including: rigorous methodologic approaches to the measurement of medication exposure, adherence and adverse events; pharmacoepidemiologic study design; choices for pharmacoepidemiology data resources; and the role of quality of life measurements and pharmacoeconomics.

    Prerequisites: CTS 602A or equivalent

    Course Coordinator: Jennifer Tjia

    Semester Offered: Summer, odd years

    Last Taught: Summer 2015

  • Place and Health | CTS 734

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    In this class, we will explore the influence of place on population health, including physical environment (e.g., air, water, soil, food), built environment (e.g., neighborhood structure, traffic, green space), social environment (e.g., cohesion, safety, deprivation, segregation), and legal and civic structure (e.g., policy, law, representation). We will also learn to implement (and critique) methodologic approaches that are particularly adapted to understanding how individuals and places interact, specifically multilevel thinking and modeling, and spatial analytic methods. 

    Prerequisites: CTS 602A or equivalent

    Course Coordinator: William Jesdale

    Semester Offered: Summer, Fall, odd years

    Last Taught: Fall 2015

  • Introduction to Implementation Science: Moving Research into Practice in Healthcare and Community Settings | CTS 735

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    This class provides an introduction to what is often referred to as translational, dissemination or implementation research, as well as the broad field of implementation science. Students will learn about the significance and major initiatives associated with moving research into practice, and will be introduced to conceptual and analytic tools (e.g., theories, frameworks) to support work in this area.

    Course Coordinator: Timothy Hogan

    Semester Offered: Fall

    Last Taught: Fall 2016

  • Conducting Implementation Research: Designing and Executing Studies for Moving Research into Practice in Health Care and Community Settings | CTS 736

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    This class builds on the foundation offered in CTS 735 regarding salient concepts and theories in the field of implementation science to examine key issues in the design and conduct of implementation research. Students will learn about prominent study designs that characterize many implementation trials, the important role that formative assessment plays in informing implementation efforts, and the issues inherent in identifying and measuring appropriate implementation processes and outcomes. 

    Prerequisites: CTS 735 or instructor permission

    Course Coordinator: Timothy Hogan

    Semester Taught: Spring

    Last Taught: Spring 2016

  • Theory and Skills for Academic Health Educators | CTS 737

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    This course presents evidence based teaching theories, strategies and skills for individuals interested in the role of faculty in programs preparing students for health professions. Contemporary issues and approaches to educating students with diverse learning needs will be addressed from assessment of learning styles to evaluation of outcomes.  Societal influences on the curriculum development process are highlighted along with strategies for enhancing academic career development.

    Course Coordinator: Maureen Wassef

    Semester Offered: Spring

    Last Taught: Spring 2016

  • Independent Study | CTS 799

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    The purpose of an independent study elective is to gain in depth knowledge of a specific topic by working closely with a faculty member with expertise in that area. Typically independent studies cover areas not addressed in the core curriculum and advanced topics or other electives. However, the level of effort and objectives for an independent study must be equivalent to that of a regular three-credit course. The student and sponsoring faculty member must propose a framework and outcome for the independent study, in the semester prior to the semester in which the student will be enrolled, to the program director for prior approval. 

    Prerequisites: Permission of associate dean for CPHR & course coordinator 

    Course Coordinator: Kate Lapane

    Semester Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Last Taught: Fall 2016

  • Journal Club | CTS 802

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    This journal club provides a forum in which students will discuss current articles and be introduced to advanced methods. Through readings, presentations and discussion, students will deepen their understanding of methods critical for clinical investigation and strengthen their data presentation and writing skills. 

    Course Coordinator: Robert Goldberg

    Semester Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Last Taught: Fall 2016

  • Research Assistantship | CTS 850

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research

    Research rotations are defined periods of research experience under the direction of a faculty member. They are intended to familiarize the student with the theory, background, concepts and techniques in several areas of research and to assist the student in evaluating projects and areas that might be developed into a dissertation project. The student will participate in an ongoing research project; gain familiarity with a field of study; acquire a working knowledge of techniques used in the research; and write a report and make an oral presentation on the results of their work. 

    Course Coordinator: Student's advisor

    Semester Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Last Taught: Taught every semester

  • Research Seminar | CTS 855

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    This is an ongoing seminar series that meets on a monthly basis throughout the academic year that will be led by individual senior scientists who will discuss their clinical, public health and translational science research. This seminar series will provide trainees with exposure to a wide variety of potential research mentors as well as topic areas to further explore for their thesis research and beyond.

    Course Coordinator: Robert Goldberg

    Semester Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Last Taught: Spring 2016

  • Written Qualifying Exam | CTS 860A

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research

    This course number is used for students sitting for the written qualifying exam—an evaluation milestone typically conducted in Spring of their second year of graduate study. 

    Course Coordinator: Kate Lapane

    Semester Offered: Spring, Summer

    Last Taught: Taught every year

  • Oral Qualifying Exam | CTS 860B

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research

    This course number is used for students who will defend their dissertation proposal. Students should register for this either in the Spring or Summer of their second year of graduate studies. 

    Course Coordinator: Kate Lapane

    Semester Offered: Spring, Summer

    Last Taught: Taught every year

  • CTS TRAC Meeting | CTS 865

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    All graduate students are required to have a TRAC meeting each academic year in the Fall . After passing their Qualifying Exam in January of the second year and the Thesis Proposal Defense in the Spring or Summer of second year, students are required to register for this course each Fall semester until their Dissertation Examination Committee is formed.

    Course Coordinator: Kate Lapane

    Semester Offered: Fall Spring

    Last Taught: Course taught every year

  • Pre-Thesis Research | CTS 870

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    All graduate students are required to have a TRAC meeting each academic year in the Fall . After passing their Qualifying Exam in January of the second year and the Thesis Proposal Defense in the Spring or Summer of second year, students are required to register for this course each Fall semester until their Dissertation Examination Committee is formed.

    Course Coordinator: Student's thesis advisor

    Semester Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Last Taught: Taught every semester

  • Grant Writing | CTS 875

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    The purpose of this course is to allow students to develop their dissertation proposals in a systematic fashion under faculty guidance. The dissertation proposal will be in the format of an NIH R03 grant proposal, and at the end of the semester the student is expected to have completed the dissertation proposal. As such, the course is designed to walk the student through each of the NIH grant proposal requirements and expectations. The course will include detailed reviews of the grant process, participation in a mock proposal review session and the completion of each of the written grant components. It is expected that students will involve their mentor and three-member Thesis Research Advisory Committee (TRAC) in making decisions regarding their proposal and receive their input throughout the semester, so that the student will be prepared to defend the proposal soon after the semester is completed. The course will also be useful as an introduction to NIH proposal writing. 

    Prerequisistes: CTS702, CTS602A, CTS603A or permission of instructor

    Course Coordinator: Stephenie Lemon

    Semester Offered: Spring

    Last Taught: Spring 2016

  • Thesis Research | CTS 900

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, MS in Clinical Investigation

    Students register for Thesis Research after passing a Qualifying Examination. They will take Thesis Research each semester until they have accumulated 90 credits.

    Course Coordinator: Student's thesis advisor

    Semester Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Last Taught: Taught every semester

  • Graduate Research | CTS 990

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research

    Students register for Graduate Research after completing the requisite number of credits to meet graduation requirements. They will take this course each semester until they complete all remaining requirements.

    Course Coordinator: Student's thesis advisor

    Semester Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Last Taught: Taught every semester

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