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Phase I MSA Expectations and Course Requirements

  • Complete Phase I Interest Form during orientation
  • Attend MSA lectures and seminars
  • Meet one-on-one with an Associate Director
  • Meet potential mentors and discuss areas of interest
  • Select mentor and develop project goals
  • Review relevant scholarly literature
  • Attend and evaluate posters at the Annual Student Research Forum in December
  • Complete MSA Plan Form in Canvas by April 15
  • Complete an online research module by May 15
  • COMIRB - If your project involves human subjects, you must complete the COMIRB certification online and plan ahead to submit your protocol

MSA Course Syllabus​​


MSA Summer Elective IDPT 5091

IDPT 5091 Requirements and Timeline​

  • Attend the IDPT 5091 Introductory Course location date and time.
  • Meet/communicate with your mentor at least bi-weekly.
  • Submit Abstract of your work and Annotated bibliography (20 references minimum) by July 27, via Canvas.
  • Present current status of project and participate in Work in Progress sessions July 28 & 29.
  • COMIRB certification and approval notice (if your project requires COMIRB approval) .
  • Students will be required to complete online evaluations and meet with the course directors as necessary to provide feedback.


Biostatistical support - The Research Consulting Laboratory is available without charge to MSA students. The RCL can help with study design, power & sample size calculations, data analysis and interpretation. You can make an appt. by calling 303-724-4619,, or stop by Children's Hospital Colorado - Administratiion Pavilion Room C4149, on the south side of the 4th floor, facing the light well or University of Colorado Building 406 NW corner of campus 12477 E 19th Avenue Room 102, south side of first floor, west wing. Please be sure to identify yourself as an MSA student.  
COMIRB - COMIRB approval is required for all students conducting human subjects research. You will need to complete required training in order to submit a protocol or be added to an existing protocol.
Health Sciences Library - The MSA program has a librarian assigned for each of the 5 thematic areas who can help with professional grade searches for background sections of proposals and with systematic reviews.
Projects/ Summer Opportunities Seeking Students - There are a number of longitudinal projects that seek students to take an active role. This link will provide a brief project description as well as the contact information for either the mentor or a student working on the project.
Writing Center - The Writing Center is available to assist with your writing for your MSA proposals and with scholarly papers that may result from your MSA project. The Writing Center is located in the HS Library.