Master of Science in Public Health Clinical Research (CRHB) 2016-17

Program Description:  In response to interest in medical and other health science schools in developing the clinical research skills of faculty members and fellows, 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 enrollee 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 departmental focus courses that reflect the academic interest of the student. The minimum amount of time that the program can be competed is four semesters. Graduates will be able to do the following upon completion of the program:

  • Apply social and behavioral science theories to public health problems.
  • Develop evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs.
  • Apply principles of evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical standards of public health research and practice.
  • Evaluate the literature concerning individual and social influences on health behavior.
  • Demonstrate expertise in area of specialization.
  • Present an original health behavior research study and revise if necessary.
  • Conduct health behavior research under the guidance of health behavior mentor
  • Write a health behavior study manuscript reporting appropriate research principles and methods in the design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation.

Admission:  Applicants should have a strong academic record and meet the minimum requirements for admission to the School of Public Health.  They 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 applicant must produce three letters of reference and a letter stating that he/she will be guaranteed sufficient release time from clinical duties to be able to attend classes regularly and fulfill course requirements in a timely manner.  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. 

Curriculum:    The MSPH in Clinical Research consists of a minimum of 42 credit hours.  Of these, 15 hours are required core courses, including 9 hours of specific Biostatistics courses and 6 hours of specific Epidemiology courses.  Students then select at least 6 credit hours from a list of approved Masters Research Electives, complete 12 hours of focus specific electives in Health Behavior, and take at least 9 hours of (698 level) Masters Research to fulfill the MSPH requirement for conducting a research project.