Clinical Research for Health Professionals

Major: Clinical Research for Health Professionals
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Semester
Total Credit Hours: 36.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.0000
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
11-9199

About the Program

The MS in Clinical Research for Health Professionals program is a non-thesis curriculum designed for residents, fellows, and clinicians seeking knowledge in the conduct of translational and pharmaceutical research. The degree often acts as an advanced preparation for independent investigators and other practicing researchers familiar with the industry, while developing their clinical careers.

The program is also available to other clinical health professionals such as nurses (with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree required), audiologists, etc., to help these individuals advance their professional opportunities.

Online course work coupled with supervised research activities will allow health care professionals in any academic hospital setting throughout the US to receive an MS degree from Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCoM).

Research Project

While the MS in Clinical Research for Health Professionals program does not require a thesis, the program is consistent with a master’s level education that challenges students to clearly express well-organized thoughts in written form. The collection, analysis and refinement of scientific information to produce a professional-level written document are crucial skills for those in the health professions. This requirement will expose students to the entire process of developing a research project and reporting on that research project up to and including experiencing a facsimile of the peer review and re-submission process.

It is anticipated that each student will conduct a minimum of nine hours research per week for 3.0 credits per semester. Research may include a broad spectrum of clinical studies such as: retrospective studies; bench-top studies in conjunction or not with pharmaceutical companies; development of new clinical methodologies/techniques; or, development/evaluation of new clinical devices. Research mentors must be established researchers with a doctoral degree. A curriculum vitae of the proposed research mentor must be submitted with the student’s application for evaluation by the admissions committee and the program director. The appropriateness of the mentor will be evaluated by an ad hoc committee whose members come from the Graduate School faculty. The student must submit a 7-10 page journal-format paper at the end of each semester documenting their research and demonstrating that each successive semester’s work builds upon their prior work.

For more information about the program and to apply, visit the Drexel University Online web site.

Additional Information

Sara Perkel, MBA
Director, Graduate Programs in Clinical Research
sara.perkel@drexelmed.edu
215-762-3812

Degree Requirements

The MS in Clinical Research for Health Professionals program requires completing a minimum of 15.0 semester credits, composed of three required courses and two clinical research electives. In addition, students will register for a total of 21.0 research credits.

Curriculum
Select three of the following:9.0
Epidemiology
Intro to Clinical Trials
Applications of Clinical Research Biostatistics
Scientific Writing and Medical Literature
Fundamentals of Compliance
Pharmaceutical Law
Select two of the following:6.0
Epidemiology
Emerging Trends in Medical Device History
Ethical Issues in Research
The History of Misconduct in Biomedical Research
Fundamentals of Academic Research Administration
Intro to Clinical Trials
Applications of Clinical Research Biostatistics
Scientific Writing and Medical Literature
Current Federal Regulatory Issues in Biomedical Research
Pharmaceutical Law
Contemporary Issues in Human Research Protection
Principles and Practice of Pharmacovigilance
Designing the Clinical Trial
Innovative Product Development
Fundamentals of Compliance
Pharmacotherapy in New Drug R&D
Intro to Therapeutic Products
Informatics in Pharm Res & Development
Biotech/Research
Health Policy and Economics
Special Topics in Clinical Research
Research/Journal-type paper requirement (min 21.0 credits)
Each student conducts a minimum of 9 hours research/week for 3 credits per semester *
CRHP 501SResearch Health Professions I3.0
CRHP 502SResearch Health Professions II3.0
CRHP 503SResearch Health Professions III3.0
CRHP 504SResearch Health Professions IV3.0
CRHP 505SResearch Health Professions V3.0
CRHP 506SResearch Health Professions VI3.0
CRHP 507SResearch Health Professions VII3.0
Total Credits36.0
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Research may include a broad spectrum of clinical studies such as: retrospective studies; bench-top studies in conjunction or not with pharmaceutical companies; development of new clinical methodologies/ techniques; or, development/evaluation of new clinical devices.

Research mentors must be established researchers with a doctoral degree. A curriculum vitae of the proposed research mentor must be submitted with the student’s application. The appropriateness of the mentor will be evaluated by an ad hoc committee whose members come from the Graduate School faculty.

The student must submit a 7-10 page journal-format paper at the end of each semester documenting their research and demonstrating that each successive semester’s work builds upon their prior work. Contact the program director for additional requirements.

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