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College of Graduate Studies

Program Overview

The MSCR-Domestic program trains individuals to become principal investigators on grants, faculty in medical schools and team leaders who are seeking careers in clinical research.  The 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 degree is granted through the College of Graduates Studies.  The objective of this program is to prepare health professionals for research in the clinical setting, with an emphasis placed on practical applications of scientific issues.

The curriculum includes 38 credit hours earned through courses including, but not limited to Clinical Epidemiology, Clinical Biostatistics, Introduction to Basic Analytics, Comparative Effectiveness Research, Leadership, Regression Methods for Clinical Research, Grants Overview, Critical Review, Ethical Issues in Clinical Research and Clinical Trials.

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


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