Program Structure

Once enrolled in the PORTAL program, you will be introduced to the thought processes used by patient-oriented clinical and translational researchers, and taught the techniques they use. We offer a specific yet flexible program structure in a collaborative environment that offers challenge and invites inquiry.

Curriculum and Research

The curriculum focuses on helping you gain critical thinking skills and offers a solid foundation for conducting independent patient-oriented research studies.

Core Competencies & Learning Objectives include the ability to:

  • Recognize major clinical, translational, and public health research problems
  • Describe observational and experimental clinical research methods and study designs
  • Identify measurement and methodological issues in incorporating basic science, translational, clinical, and population variables into clinical research
  • Implement data analysis and management
  • Employ written and oral scientific communication and dissemination skills
  • Explain, assess and employ research ethics

For your thesis research, you will pursue original scholarly research on a subject of your choice, guided by a faculty mentor and the program directors. This entails formulation of a research question, design and conduct of a research plan, analysis of the resulting data, and presentation of the findings.

PORTAL Program Curriculum

Term

Course Number

Title

Credits

Fall

     

Yr2

 

CLR0006

Spectrum of Measurements in Clinical & Translational Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods 1

3

SY

 

MPH0300

Introduction to Biostatistics

3

SY

 

CLR0001

Clinical Research Masters Thesis Design and Conduct

3

**SY

 

-

Elective

3

  SY

 

CLR0017

Clinical and Translational Research Journal Club and Seminar Series

1

Spring I

     

Yr2

 

 CLR0016

Spectrum of Measurements in Clinical & Translational Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods 2

3

SY

 

 MPH0812

Applied Linear Models I

3

SY

 

 CLR0001

Clinical Research Masters Thesis Design and Conduct

3

SY

 

 CLR0018

Clinical and Translational Research Journal Club and Seminar Series

1

Spring II

     

SY

 

 CLR0007

Spectrum of Measurements in Clinical & Translational Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods 3

3

Yr 2

 

 N/A

Preparation for USMLE step 1

SY

 

 CLR0501

Computational Tools for Clinical Research

2

SY

 

 MPH0623

Applied Linear Models II

3

SY

 

 CLR0011

Grant Writing

1

SY

 

 CLR0001

Clinical Research Masters Thesis Design and Conduct

3

SY

 

 CLR0019

Clinical and Translational Research Journal Club and Seminar Series

1

 

 

 

Total Credits

38

 

 

* SY = Scholarly Year

** Elective may be taken during any term of the SY