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Graduate Training Programs in Clinical Investigation

FAQs

How may courses do I need to take in order to receive the Science of Clinical Investigation Training Award?

Four.  Participants must successfully complete four courses, two required courses (Design of Clinical Studies and Quantitative Analysis of Clinical Data) along with two electives. 

Can I take courses online?

Yes!  Any SOCI participant may take classes online, on-site, or a combination of the two.  Course content and cost are the same no matter how the course is offered.

Can I take the courses in any order?

The Design (390.676) and Quantitative Analysis (390.672) courses are complementary and should be taken in sequence in the same year if possible.  Outcomes (390.675) and Introduction to Outcomes and Effectiveness Research (312.693) are best taken after the Design/Analysis sequence, but can be taken without these courses as prerequisites with permission of the instructor.  Ethics and Regulation (390.673), Quality Improvement and Knowledge Translation (390.678), and Database Design (390.677) have no prerequisites and may be taken before or after the Design/ Quantitative Analysis sequence. 

What is the application deadline for this program?

There is no application deadline.  Individuals who wish to participate in the SOCI training program may apply and begin at any point in the academic year.

Can I enroll in one of the SOCI courses without applying to the program?

Yes. Any course may be taken by itself if the instructor agrees your background is appropriate.

Can I receive academic credit (toward a degree) for the SOCI courses?

The Design/Analysis course sequence cannot be taken for academic credit as this series overlaps the curriculum of early biostatistics and epidemiology courses.  The remaining 3 courses can only be taken for academic credit by GTPCI graduate students, for whom these courses were designed.  Exceptions are occasionally made for the Ethics & Regulation course for bioethics graduate students.   

As a special student, the JHSPH allows up to 16 hours of credit coursework to be recorded in anticipation of future enrollment in a degree program.  The Ethics, Outcomes, and Database Design courses can be recorded as credits for enrolled JHSPH Special Students, but there is no guarantee that these course credits will be acceptable for transfer to other JHSPH degree programs. Courses previously taken as non-credit cannot be retroactively applied as academic credit to your JHSPH student record.

Additional Questions?

Please contact Kristi Baschnagel in the GTPCI office at kwillis2@jhmi.edu or 410-502-6965.