Science at the heart of medicine

7507 Design and Conduct of Clinical Research

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This seminar course aims to introduce students to clinical research with a focus on epidemiology and study design. The course uses an introductory clinical research text, along with a critical assessment of papers from the scientific (clinical and epidemiologic) literature, in order to learn about study designs: their strengths and weaknesses and how such studies are conducted. Topics to be covered include: basic epidemiology, measures of association, basic statistics, cohort studies, case control studies, clinical trials, causal inference, and research ethics.

REQUIRED MATERIALS: N/A

PREREQUISITES: None.

STUDENT PREPARATION: Interest in and some familiarity with clinical research preferred (Clinical Research 101 lecture series recommended)

SUITABLE FOR 1ST YEAR STUDENTS: Yes

UNIQUE TRAINING OFFERED IN THIS COURSE: Follows up on concepts introduced in the Clinical Research 101 lecture series, and provides a deeper dive into study design and interpretation.

STUDENT ASSESSMENTS: Final exam (multiple choice/short answer); preparation and participation in class.

CREDIT HOURS: 2.0