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Introduction to Clinical Research

Summer term
Clinical Investigation
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online with Some Asynchronous Online
Mon 07/12/2021 - Fri 07/16/2021
Class Times:
July 7, 2021 - 9-10am
  • M Tu W,  8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday,  8:30am - 4:50pm
  • Friday,  8:30am - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructors:
Karla McCarthy

Students must submit an abstract for a research project prior to the beginning of the course.


Provides an intensive introduction to clinical research methods, emphasizing epidemiological & biostatistical methods.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Define a research question
  2. Describe the steps involved in conducting clinical research
  3. Review and evaluate the main study designs used in clinical research: case-control, cohort, clinical trials, cross-sectional, meta-analyses
  4. Explain the basis of statistical analyses of clinical research studies
  5. Describe the methodological basis of diagnostic and prognostic testing
  6. Prepare and review a research project
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 40% Group Work
  • 10% In-class Exercises
  • 50% Written Assignment(s)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Due to COVID this course will continue online using Zoom and CoursePlus. Students are expected to use a computer with working WIFI/Internet access. Students should check CoursePlus and the ICTR website for the complete schedule including requirement due dates and course lecture(s) start and end times. This course will have a presentation on 7/7 in the morning followed by the completion of a course requirement. In preparation for the one week intensive course starting on 7/12 students will be required to review pre-recorded lectures prior to the beginning of class.