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Science of Clinical Investigation Training Program


How may courses do I need to take in order to receive the SOCI 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.  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.

How long do I have to complete the training program?

The training program must be completed within three years of entry.  

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

Additional Questions?

Please contact Cristina DeNardo,