Master of Science in Clinical Research

Most participants will already have a doctoral degree (e.g., MD, PhD, DNS, and DDS) or be in training for a doctoral degree.

Potential applicants include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Fellows or other health care professional trainees who have substantial protected time for clinical research
  • Junior faculty who have career awards or support from their division or department head for participation in the CITE program
  • Other faculty members, who previously have focused on basic research or other academic activities, but are now committed to pursuing a career in clinical research.

Masters Degree Sample Curriculum – 2 years

Most or all of the courses necessary to deliver the curriculum will be offered on an annual basis. Generally, students will average 6 credit hours in each of the fall and spring semesters and 6 credits in the summer. Most students will complete their independent research during the two years of the program. The table below details a likely course sequence over a two-year period.

Mentorship

Mentorship in clinical research is an integral component of the MS degree program.  We believe that the knowledge imparted through a formal curriculum is greatly enhanced by the practical skills attained in:

  • designing a project,
  • preparing a grant,
  • collecting and analyzing data, and
  • publishing the results in a scientific journal.

For most participants, a mentor will be selected prior to enrollment, usually a faculty scientist from the enrollee’s own discipline and area of research interest. Together, the trainee and the primary mentor will identify two other faculty scientists to serve on an Advisory Committee, which meets 5 times during the trainee’s participation in the program. The Advisory Committee oversees the trainee’s progress, provides guidance and necessary support, evaluates the completion and quality of research and offers ongoing career advice.

Course Title Course Number Credits
Year 1 Fall
Clinical Research Methods GRAD G660 3
Biostatistics I PBHL B651 or B551 3
Spring
Clinical Trials GRAD G661 3
Elective IUPUI 3
Summer
Mentored Clinical Research GRAD G664 3
Elective IUPUI 3
Year 2 Fall
Introduction to Research Ethics OR GRAD G504 3
Ethical & Policy Issues in International Research (Varies) PHIL P555
Elective IUPUI 3
Mentored Clinical Research GRAD G664 3
Spring
Mentored Clinical Research GRAD G664 3
Elective IUPUI 3
Total 30
Core Coursework Course # Semester Credit Hours
Clinical Research Methods GRAD G660 Fall 3
Clinical Trials GRAD G661 Spring 3
Introduction to Biostatistics I PBHL B651 or B551 Fall/Spring/Summer 3
Introduction to Research Ethics GRAD G504  Fall
OR
Ethical & Pol Issues in International Research PHIL P555 Varies
Mentored Clinical Research GRAD G664 9
Sample Electives Course # Semester Credit Hours
Techniques of Effective Grant Writing GRAD N802 Fall 3
Biostatistics – Public Health II (SAS) PBHL B652 Fall 3
Fundamentals of Epidemiology PBHL E517 Fall/Spring/Summer 3
Tools & Techniques in Translational Research GRAD G667 Fall 3
Ethical & Pol Issues in International Research PHIL P555 Varies

Ph.D. Minor in Clinical Research

The 12-credit PhD Minor in Clinical Research is designed to be of service to a diverse clientele. It will provide PhD students with an overview of clinical research by introducing them to core research concepts and skills, including clinical research methodology, clinical trials, research ethics, and biostatistics. Additionally, each student will complete one elective relevant to their specific area of research interest. The Clinical Research Minor includes 9 credit hours of core coursework (selected from the list below), and approved by the Minor program director in conjunction with the student’s PhD program advisor, and one 3-credit graduate level elective which is relevant to the student’s clinical research interests.

  • Clinical Research Methods (3 credits)
  • Clinical Trials (3 credits)
  • Research Ethics, or Ethical & Policy Issues in International Research (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Biostatistics I or alternate biostatistics course (3 credits)

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research

Most participants will already have a doctoral degree (e.g., MD, PhD, DNS, and DDS) or be in training for a doctoral degree. Potential applicants include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Fellows or other health care professional trainees who have substantial protected time for clinical research
  • Junior faculty who have career awards or support from their division or department head for participation in the CITE program
  • Other faculty members, who previously have focused on basic research or other academic activities, but are now committed to pursuing a career in clinical research.

Graduate Certificate Sample Curriculum – 18 Months

Most of the courses necessary to deliver the curriculum will be offered on an annual basis. Generally, students will average 6 credit hours in each of the fall and spring semesters. The table below details a likely course sequence over an 18 month period.

Course Title Course Number Credits
Year 1 Fall
Clinical Research Methods GRAD G660 3
Introduction to Research Ethics GRAD G504 3
Spring
Introduction to Biostatistics I OR PBHL B651 or B551 3
Clinical Trials GRAD G661
Elective IUPUI 3
Year 2 Fall
Elective IUPUI 3
Total 14-15