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Educational Opportunities

Conducting research requires knowledge and understanding of the process and the federal regulations involved.  The CRI offers a variety of educational programs at multiple experience levels.  Some are formally approved courses and electives; others award certificates, however, most include practical application of learned skills.

Catalog Courses

School of Medicine (4th-year elective)

MDS806H (Lubbock) Clinical Research. At the beginning of the elective, each student will be assigned to a nurse coordinator and will be increasingly involved in working with that coordinator on the studies they are running. An opportunity will be given for the students to choose between various ongoing studies, but this must be done early since they must have passed the CITI training program and have IRB approval to participate in individual studies. Each student should be involved both with studies involving human subjects and those involving chart reviews. It would be anticipated that the students would receive authorship on any publication resulting from studies on which they are involved, provided that their participation is meaningful. Early in the elective, there will be an emphasis on didactic material beginning with discussions about the regulations and ethical considerations related to research in humans, the background for these and the role played by the IRB and an Office of Research Integrity. This will be followed by sessions on how to develop the proposal for a research project from conception of the idea through formulation of a hypothesis and specific aims, compiling the background, constructing the appropriate methods and analysis of results and, finally, a discussion of the potential significance. It will be expected that each student will develop a proposal/protocol during the elective with an ongoing active critique process.

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

GSBS5303. Introduction to Clinical Research (3:2:3). Students will be involved in all aspects of preparation for and execution of prospective human studies and retrospective chart reviews. The didactic training deals with the regulations and ethical considerations related to research in humans, the process of obtaining approval for a study and the requirements associated with conducting a study.

School of Health Professions - Statistical Offerings

AHSL 5320 Research Design (3:3:0). The purpose of this course is to summarize the basic concepts of science and research. Emphasis is placed on nature of experimental designs and basic inferential statistical analysis. Group designs as well as single-subject designs will be discussed. Also discussed will be the application of relevant research methodologies in clinical settings. Offered in Fall Semester

AHSL 8350/AHRS 5360 Advanced Statistical Methods (3:3:0). This course is a special blend of advanced statistics, sophisticated research methods, practical theoretical applications, and contemporary experimental design methodologies that all combine to allow students to demonstrate knowledge and competencies in applying skills learned in previous classes to practical quantitative exercises and case studies. In addition to advanced parametric, non parametric and multivariate techniques, the class also covers material in structural equation modeling and factor analysis. Concomitant with every technique and statistical tool used, the class places great emphasis on the diagnostic evaluation and manipulation of databases.  Lastly, students are required to exercise appropriate decision-making in not only selecting optimal methods to solve research questions given secondary data sets using SPSS, but also, to demonstrate critical thinking skills in the management analysis of statistical output.  Offered in Fall Semester

AHRS 5350/AHSL 8350 Intermediate Statistical Methods (3:3:0) Offered in Spring Semester

Following topics will be addressed:

  • Transforming data, Detecting outliers (quantitative methods)
  • Qualitative research, t-test, ANOVA (one and multi-factorial; repeated measures, ANCOVA, etc.)
  • Correlation and regression (bivariate and multivariate), Reliability (quantitative methods)
  • Power analysis (quantitative methods), Using SPSS and reading basic output
  • Differentiating between parametric and non-parametric tests

AHCP 5309: Decision Making with Statistics (3:3:0)-Online Course

Decision Making with Statistics is a unique blend of statistics, research methods, theory and decision-making practices applied to real world healthcare issues in the practice setting.  The class is designed to give students experience working with large data sets, and confidence in selecting appropriate quantitative tools in management analysis using SPSS.

Non-Catalog Courses

Continuing Education Credit or Certificate Awarded upon completion

Faculty Affairs and Development

Translational and Clinical Research; Purpose of the Course: Enable faculty to develop successful, fundable projects at TTUHSC SOM. NIH has shifted its focus on individualized research to a more collaborative approach targeting; bench to bedside; research or translational research where findings in the lab can be moved to clinics. As such, a certain amount of retooling in is in order for the traditional basic and clinical scientist. The TTUHSC SOM will present a course targeted at helping all faculty who are interested in either initiating or reviving their research activity. The course will focus on identifying a research question, developing a testable hypothesis and then preparing an individual research proposal (the product of the course).

Clinical Research Coordinator Training

Individuals will have a general overview and history of clinical research. Topics covered during the course are as follows: Basic Definitions, Phases Study Design; Regulatory bodies, Regulations; ICH-GCP; Study team responsibilities; Contract Budget Negotiation; Clinical Research Accounting; Study Conduct from SQV to Closure; and Common Mistakes; Audits.