Individual Courses

Online and in-person courses in Training in Clinical Research Program (TICR), online courses in implementation science, as well as a mini-course in implementation science are available to individuals within the UCSF community and from other institutions.

Summer Quarter Courses
Fall Quarter Courses
Winter Quarter Courses
Spring Quarter Courses

2022/2023 Course Fees

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​​Designing Clinical Research for Clinical Residents
This course provides instruction in developing a clinical research question and creating a concise protocol that includes literature review, study design, subject sampling and recruitment, instruments and other measurement approaches, sample size, consent form, budget and timetable. Each trainee reviews and supports the work of colleagues. The course closely follows the textbook Designing Clinical Research, by W. Browner and other TICR faculty, now in its fifth edition. This course is intended for clinical residents at UCSF.

Epidemiologic Methods (EPI 203)
Instruction in the diverse array of study designs, and their theoretical interrelatedness, available in clinical and epidemiologic research; importance of measurement; different types of measures of disease occurrence; methods to measure exposure - disease association; measures of attributable risk; effect-measure modification; approaches to identify and minimize selection, measurement and confounding bias; and conceptual motivation for more sophisticated methods (e.g., regression or marginal structural approaches) to manage confounding, which are increasingly common tools in epidemiologic analyses.

Clinical Epidemiology (EPI 204)
Instruction in the development and interpretation of metrics commonly used in evidence-based clinical medicine, (e.g., screening tests, diagnostic tests, and prognostic tests), as well as any field that seeks to make predictions of either concurrent or future conditions or events.

Epidemiology of Aging (EPI 210)
Instruction in the issues and methods for the study of the epidemiology of aging with a focus on common chronic diseases in older populations.

TICR Program Seminar for First-Year Master’s and Certificate Program Scholars  (EPI 220/230))
Biweekly seminar for first-year students to present their research to their colleagues and faculty.

Masters Seminar II Fall  (EPI 221)
Biweekly seminar for second-year students to present their projects and specialized methodologic topics to their colleagues and faculty.

Introduction to Implementation Science Theory and Design (EPI 245)
An introduction to the different target audiences and approaches needed to translate biomedical evidence into practice. The course is the gateway for scholars who plan for additional study within this discipline but also suffices as cross-exposure for scholars from other disciplines. In addition to didactic work, scholars are guided through the creation of a research protocol aimed towards translating their particular choice of evidence into practice.

Community-Engaged Research (EPI 248)
Introduces the principles and applied methods of community-engaged research, including defining the community and partnership models for identifying relevant research questions, developing and implementing study designs, interpreting and disseminating findings, and scaling-up studies for translational implementation research.

Human Centered Design (EPI 243)
Instruction in the process of human-centered design as it applies to developing solutions for problems faced by anyone involved in the healthcare delivery system (patients, family and friends of patients, caregivers, and administrators).

Demographic Methods for Health (EPI 263)
Will not be taught 2022-2023
Instruction in basic demographic methods, including population dynamics, fertility, mortality, migration, urbanization, aging, and family structure. The emphasis will be on how and why understanding these factors is important for public health practitioners.

Biostatistical Methods for Clinical Research I (BIOSTAT 200)
Introduction to descriptive statistics, distributions, probability, exploratory data analysis, and selected variable parametric and non-parametric inference. Statistical software will be used throughout to implement concepts learned in class and to allow scholars to begin to explore their own data.

Biostatistical Methods for Clinical Research IV (BIOSTAT 210)
A continuation in the biostatistics for clinical research sequence, covering advanced methods for building and evaluating regression models. The emphasis is on methods that cut across common families of regression models in biostatistics: predictor selection, model diagnostics, and missing data. The statistics package STATA will be used throughout the course.

Programming for Health Data Sciences In R II (BIOSTAT 214)
This course builds on students' prerequisite core R language knowledge to cover skills in advanced data transformations, visualization, working with big (in-memory) data, report-writing, and core statistic testing. 

Grant Writing Workshop on Mentored Career Development Awards
Instruction in writing successful grant applications for NIH mentored career development awards. Workshop uses examples from patient-oriented research career development awards (K23s). Underlying concepts for the career development plan, mentoring plan, and research plan also apply to research scientist development awards (K01s) and clinical scientist development awards (K08s).