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Clinical Science Master's Program: Overview

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Lab pictureThe overall goal of the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Graduate Program in Clinical Science (CLSC) is to train nationally competitive Clinician Scientists by providing a formal, structured, and rigorous educational program in the clinical sciences. The Clinical Science Graduate Program was designed in response to the demand for well-qualified clinical researchers in academia and industry. This critical need for individuals who are able to conduct rigorous, credible and relevant patient-based research within stringent ethical and regulatory guidelines is expected to continue to grow.

The Master of Science in Clinical Science (MSCS) degree program provides opportunities for learning new areas of knowledge and skills in clinical research to prepare clinicians for careers and opportunities in clinical and translational sciences. Specifically, the Master’s program provides a strong foundation in the computational and statistical sciences, clinical epidemiology, designs and methods used in clinical research, health services and outcomes, and biomedical ethics, through didactic course work and a mentored research project. Graduates will obtain a set of useful and practical skills for collaborative, team-based research focused on clinical and translational questions.

The MSCS degree program provides formal training in clinical sciences through theoretical and methodological coursework and the application of coursework to a research project. The requirements for the degree are the completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours, of which no less than 4 and no more than 6 must be thesis/research hours, and the completion and defense/final exam of a thesis or publishable paper. Students have 8-10 elective credit hours to allow for tailoring of coursework.

The Clinical Science Program MSCS curriculum for students admitted during or after fall 2013 is shown below:

 Clinical Science Master's Curriculum

BIOS 6601 OR BIOS 6611Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Applied Biostatistics I OR Biostatistical Methods I
BIOS 6602 OR BIOS 6612Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Applied Biostatistics II OR Biostatistical Methods II
BIOS 6648 OR EPID 6626Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Design and Conduct of Clinical Research OR Research Methods in Epidemiology
CLSC 6210Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Research Seminars in Clinical Science
CLSC 6210 is taken over 1 year typically during the second year of the MSCS Program
CLSC 6270Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Critical Appraisal Seminars in Clinical Science
CLSC 7101Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Grant Writing I
Prerequisite classes: BIOS 6601 & EPID 6630
CLSC 7150Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research
EPID 6630Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
CLSC 6699 OR CLSC 6950Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Masters Research Project: Publishable Paper OR Masters Research Project: Thesis
Must take the following prerequisite classes prior to registering for CLSC 6699 or CLSC 6950: BIOS 6601 & BIOS 6602 or BIOS 6611 & BIOS 6612, CLSC 7150, EPID 6630
  • Total required core course credits for all students: 16
  • Total Thesis/Research credits: 4-6
  • Total elective course credits: 8-10
  • Total Required Hours for Degree = 30