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Introduction to Clinical Research

Summer term
Clinical Investigation
2 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online with Some Asynchronous Online
Mon 07/11/2022 - Fri 07/15/2022
Class Times:
July 5-8 - Prerequisite requirements due via Courseplus
  • M Tu W Th,  8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Friday,  9:30am - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructors:
Karla McCarthy
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

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. Lectures will be conducted "live" via zoom and students should expect to attend. Students will be required to review pre-recorded lectures prior to the beginning of class.