MSCI Curriculum for Population Health Research

Fellows are enrolled in New York University School of Medicine’s Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation program. Courses, taught by seasoned NYU faculty researchers, provide fellows with the foundation of knowledge and research skills requisite for investigative careers in primary care. Supplementing the existing MS in Clinical Investigation curriculum, there will be Research-in-Progress seminars that provide peer mentorship for research initiatives at all stages of development.

To earn the MSCI degree, fellows are expected to:

  1. Successfully complete requirements for each course below;
  2. Complete mentored research project;
  3. Convey progress in Thesis Committee meetings;
  4. Present research at a national meeting;
  5. Submit paper for peer-reviewed publication; and
  6. Prepare grant application for federal or other national funding

NYU Masters in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) Program Curriculum

YEAR

TERM

COURSE TITLE

 

YEAR 1

SUMMER

FALL

SPRING

YEAR 2

SUMMER

FALL

SPRING

*Mentored independent research begins in Fall of first year and continues throughout.


MS in Clinical Investigation Course Descriptions:

Clinical Research Methods

This course provides an overview and in-depth introduction to principles of clinical research, utilizing reading, protocol development, problem sets, and seminars. Brief mini-lectures to review concepts are followed by in-depth discussions built on assigned reading and exercises. Each learner develops a research protocol following in an iterative process in which practical feedback is received in individual and small group protocol review sessions. By the end of the course, trainees write and present a research protocol that describes in detail the aims, background, and study plan for an investigation to address the question formulated by the trainee.

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Scientific Integrity and Responsible Conduct of Clinical Research

This course is required by the NYU School of Medicine and provides important insights into general scientific ethics, regulatory responsibilities, ethical consideration of human subjects, and research reporting and intellectual property.

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Introduction to Biostatistics

This practical and interactive course introduces students to probability and statistical methods utilized in the analysis and interpretation of experimental and epidemiological data.

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Advanced Epidemiology

This course is designed to introduce students in all fields to the background, basic principles and methods of public health epidemiology. Topics covered include: measures of disease frequency and risk; epidemiologic study designs, both experimental and non-experimental; understanding bias; and measures of effect and association. In addition, students will develop skills to read, interpret and evaluate health information from published epidemiological studies and mass media sources.

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Health Services Research Methods

This research methods course reviews core methodologic approaches and general principles of population health research. Lectures will be combined with practical discussions applying course principles to the students’ research projects.

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Integrated Seminar: Applying Primary Care Research to Real World Problems

This conference which occurs weekly throughout the two-year Masters program is a foundational component of the didactic curriculum. This course provides trainees with an opportunity to present their research in progress, generating discussion and feedback from peers as well as program faculty. In a separate section of this course, to be adapted specifically for the trainees in the fellowship, a forum will be created for integrating course-based learning with the more complex and multiply determined challenges of PC research. This integrative seminar will blend diverse faculty presentations and dynamic, case-based review of real world problems addressed by researchers. Invited researchers from NYU and community agencies will share their own career trajectories and personal experiences seeking solutions to the problems discussed. This rich and varied longitudinal seminar is the venue in which the essential PC research themes of the training program are developed and deepened as trainees’ knowledge and experience evolve.

The four Modules will cover:

  1. Principles and Contexts of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  2. Health Systems, System-Based Research and Quality
  3. Diffusion and Dissemination of Health Innovations
  4. Medical Writing and Communication Skills.

Evaluation for all modules is based on class participation

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Advanced Biostatistics:

The goals of this course are for learners to gain expertise doing and interpreting multiple regression analysis using SPSS, applied to their own research data. The course will focus on analytic methods, assumptions, diagnostics, modeling options, and tests of significance, and interpretation for multiple linear regression and multiple logistic regression.

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Clinical Trials Design

This course will provide trainees an overview of experimental design using multiple examples. Trainees will be able to frame a focused clinical trial question; specify patient eligibility and distinguish between inclusion and exclusion criteria; describe the administrative structure of a clinical trial; perform sample size determinations; explain a statistical analysis plan; distinguish between different forms of clinical benefit; and interpret clinical trial data from published articles.

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Cultural Competency in Research :

Using a combination of independent learning and support from the NYU Center for Immigrant Health, trainees will access readings and web-based learning modules along with role-play and self-assessment exercises to gain knowledge and skills in cultural competency. The acquired knowledge and skills will inform the trainees’ design and execution of research initiatives in PC; for example, the approach to assessment of health care beliefs and effective use of interpreters in qualitative research (focus groups and focused interviews) and survey design.

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Medical Informatics

This course introduces trainees to Medical Informatics, which is the interdisciplinary science of information management in Medicine. The focus is on areas relevant to clinical research. Innovative methods to capture, store, and retrieve clinical and population level data as well as ways in which information systems which can support research interventions will be reviewed.

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Grant Writing

This course provides intense didactic information on the development of federal grant applications. After reviewing research design issues briefly, the course provides instruction on the development of a research abstract, aims, background, preliminary studies, methods, human subjects protection issues, budgets and budget justification, and forms. Following the didactic sessions which are interactive, the students are to develop a complete application using a standard NIH format within 30 days of the start of the course. Following this, a didactic session covers peer review, and students are assigned as scientific peer reviewers for submitted applications.

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