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Introduction to Clinical Research

Learn the basics about clinical research in this introductory course and review information on our prerequisites requirements.

Introduction to Clinical Research

This course will provide a basic and broad overview to clinical research. The student will gain an understanding of how to develop clinical research questions including protocol design and the factors that should be considered in initiating a clinical research study. This will include biostatistical considerations, the recruitment of study participants, regulatory issues, and data management, and defining measures and instruments. Students will complete and submit a protocol to the IRB and begin work on their study. Faculty support and collaboration will be available up to 6 months after completion of the course for ongoing efforts to complete the project. It is required that you have a research idea and mentor before enrolling.


Students must have in progress, or plan to begin, a quality improvement or retrospective research project.

Textbooks and materials
There is no required textbook for this course.

Internet access is required for Blackboard access, PubMed literature searches, and to review assigned websites. Microsoft Word and PowerPoint are needed for papers, reports, and presentations. Students are required to bring their computer to class.

Interested in more details?

For more information, visit the Frontiers: The Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research website.

KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Department of Neurology
Mailstop 2012
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-6970
Fax: 913-588-6965