Educational Opportunities for Scientists
The overall aim of this program is to provide didactic educational and training programs in clinical and translational research for learners with many different backgrounds. This program builds on the existing MS degree in Clinical Research. There is now a certificate in Clinical Research. In the next year, a certificate in Translational Research will be developed.
The intensity of formal training can vary from a certificate program (11 credits) to an MS degree (30-36 credits) to a PhD (up to 58 credits). The coursework builds on itself, with the certificate program providing 11 credits toward the MS, and the MS coursework counting toward certain PhD requirements. Additional flexibility is provided by making certain short courses and workshops available for graduate school credit.
Those enrolled in formal training programs will demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and attitudes.
- Access and critically appraise research literature in medicine and related domains.
- Form research question, operationalize variables.
- Design and conduct a study that minimizes bias and confounding.
- Design studies that can be applied to clinical practice
- Understand fundamental concepts of molecular and cell biology to design research to translate basic science findings to clinical medicine.
- Respect and protect the rights and welfare of individuals participating in research.
- Know when and how to use quantitative methods and understand the results.
- Choose the appropriate sample size and power to test hypotheses.
- Effectively collect and maintain study data.
- Write a research grant proposal that will successfully compete for funding.
- Evaluate and communicate study findings to scientific and lay audiences.
- Manage a research team and build multidisciplinary collaborations.
Short courses and workshops are open to all members of the UMB community though those enrolled in degree-granting or certificate programs will have priority. Admission to the degree granting and certificate programs is based on the criteria of the sponsoring program and the Graduate School.
Advice on coursework is available through the K30 Program Director or MCRCDP Program Manager.