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 & Research Methods | CTS 602A

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research, 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.

    Course Coordinator: William Jesdale

    Semester Offered: Fall

    Last Taught: Fall 2015

  • Advanced Epidemiology & Research Methods | CTS 602B

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

    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 research, and the development of a mini-lecture.  

    Course Coordinator: Kate Lapane

    Semester Offered: Spring

    Last Taught: Spring 2015

  • Generalized Linear Models | CTS 603A

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research

    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.

    Course Coordinator: Sharina Person

    Semester Offered: Fall

    Last Taught: Fall 2015

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

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research

    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 anlysis plans for specific research questions.

    Course Coordinator: Stavroula Chrysanthopoulou

    Semester Offered: Spring

    Last Taught: Spring 2015

  • 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.

    Course Coordinator: Kate Lapane

    Semester Offered: Summer

    Last Taught: Summer 2015

  • Systematic Review | CTS 701

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research

    The purpose of this class is to learn how to conduct a systematic review including developing 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 students’ substantive interest area that is 75% of the way to being ready for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.

    Course Coordinator: Robe

    Semester Offered: Fall

    Last Taught: Fall 2015

  • Ethics for Clinical Research | CTS 702

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

    This course is designed to prepare students with basic knowledge of ethics and understanding and addressing problems in the ethical conduct of research and understanding and addresssing scientific misconduct, including fraud, misrepresentation, 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, evaluating 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 2015

  • Advanced Topics in Biostatistics | CTS 712

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research

    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, provding the theoretical background necessary and the practical "hands-on" data analyze experience.

    Course Coordinator: Kate Lapane

    Semester Offered: Summer

    Last Taught: Summer 2014

  • Advanced Analytical Methods in Health Outcome Studies | CTS 716

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research

    Course Coordinator: Kate Lapane

    Semester Offered: Summer

    Last Taught: Fall 2014

  • Randomized Clinical Trials in Behavorial 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 behavorial 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.

    Course Coordinator: Sherry Pagoto

    Semester Offered: Summer

    Last Taught: Summer 2014

  • 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 & Practice | CTS 720

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research

    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.

    Course Coordinator: Ann Moormann

    Semester Offered: Spring

    Last Taught: Has not been taught within past two years

  • Measurement and Instrumentation in Clinical Research | CTS 724

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research

    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 2015

  • Introduction to the U.S Healthcare 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 US healthcare system. Students will apply constructs of structure, process, and outcomes of care to understand 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.

    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.

    Course Coordinator: Molly Waring

    Semester Offered: Spring, even years

    Last Taught: Spring 2014

  • Psychiatric Epidemiology | CTS 728

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research

    This course will provide students with fundamental knowledge of psychiatric epidemiology. We will cover epidemiological principles specific to psychiatric such as assessment and diagnostic validity in the absense 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.

    Course Coordinator: Eric Mick

    Semester Offered: Spring, even years

    Last Taught: Spring 2014

  • 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.

    Course Coordinator: William Jesdale

    Semester Offered: Spring, even years

    Last Taught: Spring 2014

  • Public Health Genomics | CTS 730

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research

    This course provides an in-depth look at the contribution of human genetic variation public health and is aimed at masters 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, an historical perspective through a comprehensive analysis of seminal works in the field, and application of these concepts to available data resources.

    Course Coordinator: Eric Mick

    Semester Taught: Spring, o

    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, multi-level 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 2014

  • 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: Kate Lapane

    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.

    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.

    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 2015

  • Conducting Implementation Research: Designing and Executing Studies for Moving Research into Practice in Healthcare 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.

    Course Coordinator: Timothy Hogan

    Semester Taught: Spring

    Last Taught: New course to be taught Spring 2016

  • Theory & Skills for Academic Health Educators | CTS 737

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research

    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 for CPHR | CTS 799

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research

    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 a regular 3-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.

    Course Coordinator: Kate Lapane

    Semester Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Last Taught: Spring 2015

  • 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

  • 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 Year 2 of graduate studies.

    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 disseration 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

  • Proposal Development Seminar | CTS 875

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research

    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 3-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.

    Course Coordinator: Stephenie Lemon

    Semester Offered: Spring

    Last Taught: Spring 2015

  • Thesis Research | CTS 900

    Programs: Clinical & Population Health Research

    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 the complete all remaining requirements.

    Course Coordinator: Student's Thesis Advisor

    Semester Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Last Taught: Taught every semester

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