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Clinical Science PhD Program

Clinical Investigation (CI)

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Clinical investigation is the discipline by which physicians, clinicians and other health related disciplines translate knowledge gained in the basic sciences or the laboratory setting to develop interventions and strategies to improve health outcomes. It can also involve translating knowledge gained about the efficacy of successful strategies conducted in the academic clinical setting to the community setting to improve health related outcomes.

The mission of the Clinical Investigation Track is to train the next generation of clinician scientists who will pursue careers in clinical translational research. Clinical investigation is clearly a primary mission of academic medical and health centers, and properly trained clinicians and scientists are uniquely qualified to engage in investigative and translational studies. Training occurs across many disciplines:

  • Clinical trial design
  • Biopharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics
  • Biodiagnostics
  • Laboratory-based molecular biology techniques that assist in bridging basic and clinical sciences

Core Competencies

  • Apply relevant study design methods commonly used in clinical translational investigative studies
  • Interpret results from common molecular and cellular biology laboratory experiments
  • Develop a well-designed research thesis project relevant to the clinical and translational sciences

 Clinical Investigation Curriculum

BIOS 6601 or 6611Applied Biostatistics I or Biostatistical Methods I3
Courses required before Preliminary Exam (biostatistics, ethics, epidemiology).
BIOS 6602 or 6612Applied Biostatistics II or Biostatistical Methods II3
Courses required before Preliminary Exam (biostatistics, ethics, epidemiology).
CLSC 7150Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research1
Course required before Preliminary Exam (biostatistics, ethics, epidemiology).
EPID 6630Epidemiology3
Course required before Preliminary Exam (biostatistics, ethics, epidemiology).
CLSC 6270Critical Appraisal Seminars in Clinical Science1
CLSC 7202Clinical Outcomes and Applications3
CLSC 7300Scientific Grant Review Process: CCTSI Proposals - Doctoral1
BIOS 6648 or EPID 6626Design and Conduct of Clinical Research or Research Methods in Epidemiology3
EPID 6631Analytical Epidemiology3
CLSC 6210Research Seminars in Clinical Science1
CLSC 6210 is taken over 1 year typically during the second or third year of your PhD (after passing the Preliminary Examination but before completing the Comprehensive Examination).
CLSC 7101Grant Writing I1
Prerequisite courses: BIOS 6601 & EPID 6630
CLSC 8990Doctoral Thesis≥ 30
  • 23 Required Clinical Investigation Course Credits
  • 8 Elective Course Credits
  • Total Required Course Hours for Degree = 31

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