Core Courses

Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology

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 2 writing assignments (write-up of lab exercise and in-class student presentation). This will be a full semester course with a total of 30 contact hours. 
Catalog Number: CTS605A
Course Coordinator: Robert Goldberg
Semester Offered: Fall
Last Taught: Fall 2014

Grant Writing

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 invoke their mentor in the development of their grant proposal to the extent possible. 
Catalog Number: CTS606
Course Coordinator: Robert Goldberg
Semester Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Last Taught: Spring 2012

Biomedical Informatics

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. 
Catalog Number: CTS607
Course Coordinator: Ralph Zotola
Semester Offered: Fall
Last Taught: Fall 2012

Team Science

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. 
Catalog Number: CTS608
Course Coordinator: Judy Ockene
Semester Offered: Spring
Last Taught: Spring 2013

Design of Observational Studies and Clinical Trials

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. 
Catalog Number: CTS609
Course Coordinator: Molly Waring
Semester Offered: Spring
Last Taught: Spring 2012

Topics in Molecular Medicine

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, celluar, and genetic phenomena. The course emphasizes the acquistion of skills in interpreting scientic 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. 
Catalog Number: CTS610
Course Coordinator: John Sullivan
Semester Offered: Spring
Last Taught: Spring 2012

MSCI Scientific Writing

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. 
Catalog Number: CTS611
Course Coordinator: Robert Goldberg
Semester Offered: Fall
Last Taught: Fall 2014

Introduction to Biostatistics in Clinical Research

This course will cover the basic elements of biostatistics as applied in clinical research. It will provide the students with the knowledge to read and understand journal articles, understand different study designs, and understand the basics of statistical analysis. 
Catalog Number: CTS612A
Course Coordinator: Louise Maranda
Semester Offered: Fall
Last Taught: Fall 2011

Applied Biostatistics

This course will build on the basic elements of biostatistics, teaching the design elements, analysis approaches, and methods of presentation for: surveys, case-control studies, cohort studies, and randomized clinical trials. Students will also develop the capability to critically evaluate the published scientific (and commercial) literature. 
Catalog Number: CTS612B
Course Coordinator: Louise Maranda
Semester Offered: Spring
Last Taught: Spring 2012

Ethics for Clinical Research

This course is designed to prepare students with basic knowledge and skills in understanding and addressing ethical conduct or research with human populations and understanding and addresssing ethical scientific conduct, including fraud, misrepresentation, conflict of interest, peer review, and authorship guidelines. Students will also focus on how to design ethical research, evaluating treatment risk, placebo control, ethics or recruitment, dilemmas of informed consent, potential scientific contribution and issues for special populations and conducting research internationally.
Catalog Number: CTS702
Course Coordinator: Charles Lidz
Semester Offered: Fall
Last Taught: Fall 2014

MSCI Research Seminar

This is an ongoing seminar series offered 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 sciences 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. 
Catalog Number: CTS855
Course Coordinator: Robert Goldberg
Semester Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Last Taught: Taught every semester