Course Descriptions

Certificate Program Coursesclass 3

ID 207 – Summer: June
Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics
(7.5 credits)

The course is residential only. It is a prerequisite for enrolling in the online courses BIO213 (section 2) and EPI218.

This intensive course is the integration of epidemiological and biostatistical techniques with an emphasis on applications to clinical research (including study design, bias and confounding, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, sample size and power calculations, and introduction to multiple regression techniques). Participants will gain practical skills in developing a research project and in carrying out data analyses. This course will introduce and use the JMP statistical program. This program is an intensive residential three-week program in June.

BIO 213 (section 2) – Fall: September to December
Online Applied Regression for Clinical Research
(5 credits)

ID207 must be successfully completed prior to enrolling in this course. The course will begin on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 and synchronous sessions will be 8:30 – 10:20 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. The most recent syllabus is available here.

This synchronous and asynchronous online course is limited to those students who have completed ID207 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics or who are enrolled in the Summer-Only Master of Science program in Epidemiology. While it is a residential course for students in the MPH and MS programs at HSPH, it must be taken online for students in the Clinical Research Methods Certificate program. This course will introduce participants involved with clinical research to the practical application of multiple regression analysis. Linear regression and logistic regression models will be covered, as well as general concepts in model selection, goodness-of-fit, and testing procedures. Each lecture will be accompanied by a data analysis using JMP and a classroom discussion of the results. The course will introduce, but will not attempt to develop, the underlying likelihood-theory. Background in JMP programming ability required. Course Note: Lab or virtual section times will be announced at the first class meeting.

EPI 218 Online Practice of Clinical Epidemiology (2.5 credits)

ID207 must be successfully completed prior to enrolling in this course. Students in the Summer-Only Masters of Science program in Epidemiology are also eligible to take this course. The course will begin the week of  September 2, 2014. All sessions will be synchronous scheduled individually and in groups with the instructors after registration has taken place. Keep in mind that sessions will be scheduled as Eastern Standard Time. The syllabus is available here.

This online course will provide the framework and opportunity for the participant to develop a valid and efficient study design to address a research question of interest. In most cases this proposal will be a detailed expansion on the brief proposal developed in ID207. Participants will present a virtual oral presentation and later a written submission of their proposals. In addition, participants will develop written critiques of two other participant’s presentations. This course is targeted at individuals planning to conduct clinical research and is designed for international and non-local U.S. physicians seeking the quantitative and analytic skills needed for clinical research.

Description of the Culminating Activities
In order to complete the certificate program, each participant must develop a valid and efficient study to address a research question, present the proposal virtually and provide critiques of two other participant’s proposals.

Evaluation and Assessment
Each participant will be evaluated on the requirements of each individual course as well as the culminating activities. Instructors will determine the grade for each course in case the participant decides to apply for a degree program.