Learning Competencies

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


  • 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
  • Understand the design and conduct of human experiments
  • Know the theory and application of major new methodologies to measure biological parameters important to human health
  • Appreciate the development and evaluation of therapies for treatment of disease


  • Acknowledge and be able to use resources for evaluation of a diagnostic and therapeutic agent
  • 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 manuscripts
  • Develop abilities 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


  • 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