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Seminars in Clinical Investigation

1st Term
Clinical Investigation
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online
Class Time(s)
Monday, 1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Explores topics related to the science of clinical investigation presented by faculty experts from within and outside of Johns Hopkins. Addresses issues related to approaches/methods in clinical investigation (the design of clinical trials, challenges with cohort studies, translational studies, an overview of artificial intelligence and machine learning, approaches to health services research, biomeasurement; systematic reviews), clinical investigation in special populations (pediatric age group, pregnant subjects, international studies); research fraud; the design of a conceptual framework for a research question and the development of the aims of a research proposal.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Evaluate clinical studies conducted by other investigators
  2. Appraise scientific data for bias, confounding, and other sources of error
  3. Identify different approaches used to answer research questions in various populations including at-risk populations, and the implications for study design, conduct, and outcomes
  4. Analyze the performance of diagnostic tests and potential sources of measurement error
  5. Determine common sources of research fraud and explore approaches to identifying and reporting them
  6. Generate and present valid research questions that address topics of public health importance
  7. Develop a research proposal based on a conceptual framework that includes specific aims and hypotheses
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 30% Participation
  • 20% Written Assignment(s)
  • 50% Final Project
Enrollment Restriction
Restricted to GTPCI students, and faculty and staff with active involvement in clinical research.