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Program Overview

The MSCR Global Program is a component of the educational core of the South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute, and is compliant with core competencies recommended by the Association for Clinical Research Training.  The objective of this program is to prepare health professionals for research and develop research protocols, with an emphasis placed on practical applications of scientific issues.

The MUSC MSCR Global Program is a one year program consisting of 38 credit hours. The program begins each year in mid-August, and concludes in mid-August of the following year. Students are given the opportunity to study at any of the global sites, or to travel to the United States and study on MUSC’s campus. On campus, students will study in a traditional classroom setting with face-to-face interaction with MUSC faculty members and fellow MSCR students from around the world.

Instruction occurs through distance education methods, as well as MUSC faculty visits to students at the off-campus sites.  The curriculum includes 38 credit hours earned through courses including, but not limited to Clinical Epidemiology, Clinical Biostatistics, Basic Analytics, Comparative Effectiveness Research, Leadership, Regression Methods for Clinical Research, Grants Overview, Critical Review, Ethical Issues in Clinical Research and Clinical Trials.  In addition to these courses, students are provided with the opportunity to conduct individual research with the assistance of a board of advisors appointed by MUSC.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the program, students should be able to:

1.     Conduct a comprehensive and systematic review of the literature

2.     Formulate a well-defined clinical or translational research question

3.     Select an appropriate study design to address a clinical or translational research question

4.     Compute, describe, and evaluate descriptive and inferential statistics appropriate to the chosen study design

5.     Apply ethical codes and professional standards for the conduct of clinical and translational research


Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital (NDTH)

The Medical University of South Carolina has also partnered with the Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital in China to deliver the MUSC Master of Science in Clinical Research Global Program.

Under this collaboration, students are hand selected to travel to MUSC’s campus and study in the traditional classroom setting amongst other students of various cultures and backgrounds.


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