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Introduction to Clinical Research

Summer Term
Clinical Investigation
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online
Start Date
Monday, July 8, 2024
End Date
Friday, July 12, 2024
Class Time(s)
M, Tu, W, Th, F, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year

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)
Special Comments

This is the online/virtual section of a course also held onsite. You are responsible for the modality in which you register. 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. Students will be required to review pre-recorded lectures prior to the beginning of class.