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Master of Science in Clinical Research Program

The mission of the Master of Science in Clinical Research program is to train clinicians in epidemiologic and quantitative methods used to investigate issues of clinical and public health importance. This program is designed for students seeking careers in clinical and translational research.
 

Program Description

The Master of Science in Clinical Research degree is an academic degree intended to prepare students for careers in clinical research with programs that emphasize understanding of clinical issues and the application of methods of clinical and translational research. 

 

Program Competencies

At the completion of the MS in Clinical Research program in Epidemiology students will be able to:

  • Define the concepts and contents of epidemiology; formulate research hypothesis; determine study aim, objectives and appropriate study design to test hypothesis (EPID 6030)
  • Define ethics and regulations in relation to clinical trials; define and develop clinical trial design (EPID 6910)
  • Identify risk and/or preventive factors that may contribute to outcomes and incorporate them into a research study (EPID 7120, EPID 7130)
  • Assess the use of questionnaires and measurement instruments in collection of data to maintain validity in a clinical trial (EPID 7120, EPID 7130)
  • Utilize computers to collect, manage and analyze data for evaluation of hypotheses (EPID 6230, EPID 7130)
  • Analyze data to compose an understandable and presentable report of the results (BIOS 6040)
  • Practice ethical research; demonstrate clinical research proficiency via NIH grant submission and/or peer reviewed journal article submission and acceptance (EPID 9980 Thesis)

 

Admission Requirements

The MS in Clinical Research is limited to health professionals already holding a doctoral degree who plan a career in clinical research. The class size is strictly limited with preference being given to faculty and fellows already at the Tulane School of Medicine. Other applicants are considered on an individual basis. 

 

Program Requirements

Students in the Department's Master's programs are required to maintain standards of performance that exceed the minimum required by the School.  Students must earn a "B" or better in the epidemiology core course (EPID 6030 Epidemiologic Methods I) in order to advance to EPID 7120, Epidemiologic Methods II.  Additionally, students receiving a grade of "C" in any required course (including core courses outside the Department) must repeat the course. Students receiving a grade of "F" in any course will be dismissed (unless special extenuating circumstances can be demonstrated). Students from other departments can only register for courses in epidemiology if they have a grade of "B" or better in each of the prerequisite courses. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required.

The Tulane MS-CR Program is a two-year structured program leading to a Master of Science in Clinical Research degree from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM). Potential trainees will be self-referred or nominated by their Program Director. The MS-CR program requires:

  1. formal didactic training (36 credits), providing the tools to conduct modern clinical and translational research and
  2. a mentored clinical research project (thesis).

 Course Requirements

Course

Course Title

Credits

BIOS 6030

Introduction to Biostatistics

3

EPID 6030

Epidemiology Methods I

3

EPID 6230

Computer Packages for Epidemiology

2

EPID 7120

Epidemiologic Methods II

3

BIOS 6040

Intermediate Biostatistics

3

EPID 7130

Observational Epidemiology

3

EPID 6420

Clinical Epidemiology

3

EPID 6910

Clinical Trials: Design, Conduct and Analysis

3

 EPID 7310

 Meta-analysis

3

SPHL 8800

Essentials in Research Readiness

1

BIOS 7060

Regression Analysis

3

BIOS 7150

Categorical Data Analysis

3

Elective

Content/Methods elective course

3

EPID 9980

Master's Thesis (Research Project)

0



Thesis Requirement

Students enrolled in the MS program are required to complete a thesis which will demonstrate an ability to interpret current literature and conduct epidemiologic analysis.  The completed thesis must constitute the equivalent of one epidemiologic paper that meets the current standards of publication in refereed journals.  Students must also defend the purpose, methods and results of the thesis research in an oral presentation.  MS degree requirements must be completed within 2 years after the student first enrolls as a master's student, if full-time, and one year post completion of coursework for part-time students. For more information on this requirement, read the Thesis Outline.

 

Model Course Schedule

Fall Semester

 

9 hours

BIOS 6030

Introductory Biostatistics

3

EPID 6030

Epidemiologic Methods I

3

EPID 6230

Computer Packages for Epidemiology

2

SPHL 8800

Essentials in Research Readiness

1

     

Spring Semester

 

9 hours

BIOS 6040

Intermediate Biostatistics

3

EPID 7120

Epidemiologic Methods II

3

EPID 6420

Clinical Epidemiology

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Semester

 

9 hours

EPID 7130

Observational Epidemiology

3

BIOS 7150

Categorical Data Analysis

3

EPID 6910

Clinical Trials: Design, Conduct and Analysis

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Semester

 

9 hours

EPID 7310

Meta-analysis

3

BIOS 7060

Regression Analysis

3

Elective

Epidemiology Content/Elective Course

3

EPID 9980

Master's Thesis

0

Total Credit Hours

 

36 hours



For additional information: contact Therese Carter, tcarter1@tulane.edu, 504.988.6809.

 

 
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Department of Epidemiology, 1440 Canal Street, Suite 2000, New Orleans, LA 70112, 504-988-6809 tcarter1@tulane.edu