Learning Competencies

Upon completion of this degree program, graduates should be able to exhibit the following.

Knowledge

  • Identify principles and theories which will serve as a basis for biostatistics and quantitative data analysis
  • Understand the ways to measure the distribution of traits and diseases in populations, the determinants of those distributions, and study designs for this purpose
  • Be able to design and analyze studies relevant to patient-oriented clinical research
  • Appreciate study designs, settings, and databases available to evaluate clinical interventions
  • Comprehend the concepts underlying the quantitative analysis of medical decisions
  • Understand the design and conduct of human experiments
  • Identify social and behavioral factors which impact on human health and the use of health services

Skills

  • Develop hypothesis with a data set and perform appropriate statistical tests
  • Use multiple types and sources of medical informatics to facilitate research
  • Use database management and statistical software to organize and analyze data
  • Gain skills in communicating results of research in abstract and presentation form
  • Acquire skills in writing and critiquing of research grant proposals
  • Manage the fiscal, personnel, facilities and regulatory assets of a funded clinical research program
  • Identify institutional resources needed to carry out high-quality research

Attitudes

  • Appreciate the ethical issues involved with research in human subjects
  • Understand the regulations and rationale for inclusion of women, minorities, and children in research
  • Comprehend the types of clinical research which offer career opportunities
  • Appreciate the opportunities and challenges of multidisciplinary research involving two or more basic, clinical, or population sciences
  • Understand the opportunities and obstacles to performing research within the private sector