MSPH in Clinical and Translational Science (CTE)

There is a growing interest in medical and other health science schools in developing the clinical research skills of faculty members and fellows.  This interest has been fueled by increased support from the NIH to prepare such individuals to meet the demand for clinical investigators in the field.   Locally, the Schools of Medicine and Public Health have combined efforts to create a training program for young faculty members and fellows from a variety of disciplines.

This program is a post-medical or other health science degree training program, aimed primarily at fellows and faculty members interested in developing skills required for clinical research.  It is anticipated that this academic training will supplement extensive training in the content area in which the student is trained, and senior mentoring in the politics and policies of project development and management.  A graduate of this program will have the academic training to develop and lead independent research programs and projects. The program consists of a core set of courses common to all students, plus research elective and focus elective courses that reflect the academic interest of the student.   At this time, the program can accommodate students with specific interest in Biostatistics (CRBS), Epidemiology (CTE), and Health Behavior (CRHB).  As a result, there will be some variation in the specific knowledge an skills acquired by each graduate.  However, the primary learning objectives will apply to all students, irrespective of departmental affiliation.  As such, graduates will be able to do the following upon completion of the program:

  • design, conduct, and evaluate clinical research studies
  • understand issues of data collection and study management
  • follow appropriate policies and procedures relating to the utilization
    of human subjects in clinical research
  • demonstrate an understanding of the ethics of research on human
    subjects
  • prepare competitive applications for extramural research funding
  • prepare manuscripts for publication in the scientific literature
  • critically evaluate published research

Admission: Applicants should possess a medical or other health science professional degree.  They may be in their final years of training as residents or fellows or hold positions as junior faculty members.  The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for applications to all MSPH programs in the School of Public Health.  The GRE may be waived at the discretion of the committee, for applicants who have been pre-screened by the clinical investigator training grant committee of the School of Medicine. The applicant must produce three letters of reference. A medical/health sciences mentor should be identified and a setting where the student can gain experience in conducting clinical research. A faculty member within the School of Public Health will be assigned as an advisor based on the stated interests of the applicant. Please submit your application online using the UAB Graduate School's Apply Yourself electronic application system at: https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=uab-grad. The application deadline for the MSPH degree program is April 1st each year.    

Curriculum: The MSPH in Clinical and Translational Science consists of a minimum of 42 semester hours.  Of these, 25 hours are required, including 9 hours of specific Biostatistics courses and 7 hours of specific Epidemiology credits.  Students then complete 8 hours of Clinical Research Track courses and 9 hours of approved Track-Specific relevant elective credits. Students are also required to complete a minimum of 9 semester hours of Masters Level Directed Research (EPI 699). The MSPH program requires a thesis research project. The final thesis research project is completed during the last enrollment term or graduation term.

 

 

MSPH-CTE Coursework

 

Credit Hours 

Required Core Courses (25 hours)
25
BST 611
Intermediate Statistical Analysis I
3
BST 612
Intermediate Statistical Analysis II
3
BST 613 Intermediate Statistical Analysis III 3
EPI 610 and 610L Principles of Epidemiologic Research and Lab 4
EPI 625 Quantitative Methods in Epidemiolgy 3
   
Masters Level Research (minimum 9 hours)
9
EPI 698 Masters Level Directed Research 3
EPI 698 Masters Level Directed Research 3
EPI 698 Masters Level Directed Research 3
   
Clinical Research Track Requirements (8 hours) 8
  Choose One - EPI 607 or BST 625  
EPI 607
Fundamentals of Clinical Research
3
BST 625 Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials 3
     
EPI 680
Topics in Clinical Research *
2
GRD 717
Principles of Scientific Integrity
3
 
Track-Specific Relevant Electives: Students should consult their advisor to identify courses relevant to their needs and interests. 9
 


 

 Total Credit Hours Required for Degree

42

 

Note that care must be exercised when selecting some of these courses since some have prerequisites that must be taken earlier in the sequence of classes or taken concurrently.

*EPI 680: Topics in Clinical Research is a 2 credit hour class in which students attend and participate in lectures provided through the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science beginning each Spring term (January) following Fall admission and extending into the Summer term (June). However, do not register for EPI 680 until the Summer semester. The grading is on a Pass/No Pass basis. To earn a Pass grade, students must attend a minimum of 80% of the lectures over two semesters and participate in all discussions during which they are present. Please contact the EPI Program Coordinator for the course syllabus and course schedule.