The program has a Plan A and Plan B option. Both plans require a 38-credit program. Required courses in both programs include clinical trials, fundamentals of clinical research, epidemiology, biostatistics, and ethics. Elective credits for both programs may be taken from any Academic Health Center academic unit or from related fields with the program director’s and adviser’s permission.
Plan A has 24 required credits, 4 elective credits, and 10 thesis credits for a total of 38 credits. Students are encouraged to write their thesis as a manuscript to be submitted for publication.
Required courses include the Epidemiological Methods sequence (PubH 6341 or PubH 6320, and PubH 6390), Biostatistics sequence (PubH 6450, PubH 6451), Fundamentals of Clinical Research (PubH 6301), Clinical Trials (PubH 7420 or PubH 7415), Ethics in Public Health: Research and Policy (PubH 6742), Writing Research Grants (PubH 6348), and Clinical Research Project Seminar (PubH 6303).
The master’s thesis requires an active role in a new or ongoing clinical research project and is aimed at demonstrating the student’s ability to do quantitative analyses while utilizing data collected by the student or obtained from another source. The thesis must reflect work on the design, implementation, and analysis of a clinical research project.
The Plan B program offers flexibility in choice of courses and is intended for students who wish to craft a more personalized instructional curriculum suited to their background and research goals.
Required courses include the Epidemiological Methods sequence (PubH 6341 or PubH 6320, and PubH 6390), Biostatistics sequence (PubH 6450, PubH 6451), Fundamentals of Clinical Research (PubH 6301), Clinical Trials (PubH 7420 or PubH7415), and Ethics in Public Health: Research and Policy (PubH 6742). Students can then take elective courses in Translational Sciences, Outcomes Sciences and Health Services Research with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies.
Plan B has a capstone project designed by the student and approved by the student’s mentor and the Director of Graduate Studies. Possible projects could include a thesis as in Plan A or a grant at the level of the NIH R21, K-series or R01. The capstone project can range from 6-10 credits based on the project scope. The Plan B offers 8-12 elective credits enabling students to fashion a curriculum to meet their training needs.