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AHS 2300: Orientation to Clinical Research

This course is intended for pre-health students interested in clinical research and careers in the health professions. This seminar introduces pre-health students to the field of clinical research, ethical conduct and professionalism, and clinical research methods pertinent to dentistry, medicine, public health, pharmacy, and nursing.

In addition to biweekly lectures, students will participate in a supervised field experience in which they observe clinical research practices. This course prepares students to begin a University Research Opportunities Program (UROP) grant in clinical research. Enrollment in this course is limited.

Course Objectives
By the end of the semester, students will have:
  • Defined clinical research and its core components;
  • Identified ethical issues inherent in research in humans;
  • Identified best practices in clinical research methodology and data collection;
  • Understood the structure and roles of the clinical research team;
  • Identified aspects of professional and ethical components related to patient/subject interactions;
  • Participated in an observational field experience; and,
  • Indentified pertinent University and Academic Health Center resources.
Prerequisites for Fall 2013
Enrollment in this course is limited. Prerequisite requirements include:
  • Instructor Permission
  • Status as a sophomore or second year student in Fall 2013 (students with extra credits due to PSEO or AP are eligible)
  • Health-related experience through volunteering, shadowing, interning, or working
  • Interest in research
Application Process for Fall 2013
  1. Complete and submit this Google form –
  2. Attend a mandatory information session to learn more about the course (dates listed on Google form).
  3. Submit the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of two professional references (not family or friends) via email no later than April 5, 2013 to
  4. Students will need to complete a video interview using InterviewStream. More details on Google form.
Russell Luepker, MD, MS, Mayo Professor of Public Health, School of Public Health
Mera Kachgal, PhD, LP, Career Consultant, Health Careers Center
Sample Past Research Projects
Following is a list of selected research projects from this course:
  • “Endo-PAT Assessment of Microvascular Endothelial Dysfunction pre- and post-LAVD Placement”
  • “Developing Case Report Forms for a Study of Squamos Cell Carcinoma of the Skin in Renal Transplant Patients”
  • “Comparison of Minnesota School Wellness Policies: Where They Differ and How Healthy They Are (Part of the ECHO Study)”
  • “Statistical Analysis of Correlation Between Blood Vitamin C Levels, Recorded Diets, and Cognitive Tests”
  • “Evaluating the Recovery of Absolute Lymphocyte Count (ALC) as a Means of Predicting Outcomes Following Non-Myeloblative Umbilical Cord Blood (UCB) Transplant