A variety of elective courses are offered each semester and are open to matriculated students and Career Enhancement students. All Master’s degree students are required to complete 8 credits of elective coursework.
Science of Team Science: Practical Approaches to Working Effectively
This course provides students with an overview of the emerging research field of the Science of Team Science, with a focus on the knowledge and skills that support effective scientific collaboration. Topics include identifying collaborators, working with individuals from different disciplines, conflict prevention and management, negotiating funding and co-authorship, and evidence-based strategies for effective team leadership. The course will also cover considerations for working with geographically distributed collaborators, including the use of tools and technologies to support remote collaboration.
Leading for Creativity and Innovation
Instructor(s):Samuel Bacharach, Ph.D
In this course students will examine their own organization through the lens of innovation and the use of a recommended framework used to generate new ideas. Students will map significant innovations within their organization, field or industry while considering how the organizational structure in place fosters (or inhibits) innovation. Participants will be able to identify the best practices recommended for fostering innovation and creativity. This course is administered through eCornell; enrollment sections are offered throughout the year, once every 2 weeks. Completion of the coursework should take an estimated 6-10 hours. Upon completion of this course CTSC trainees will earn 1 elective credit towards the MS degree.
Fundamental Immunology and Microbiology
Instructor(s):Ming Li, PhD
This course spans over two semesters (fall and spring) and will provide a fundamental understanding of immunology. The fall section will give a comprehensive overview of basic immunology beginning with innate immune responses followed by a study of the main aspects of acquired immunity. Important topics include the following: organization of lymphoid tissues and immune cell migration, cellular and molecular aspects of innate immunity, specific interactions of target cells and T cells that are regulated by the MHC molecule and peptide antigens on the target cell and the antigen specific T cell receptor; generation and molecular structure of B and T cell antigen receptors; signaling through immune receptors; the development of antigen specific T and B cells; and specific roles of some cytokines/lymphokines. The spring section will focuse on aspects of T and B effector cell generation, immune response generation and regulation in the context of infection, autoimmunity, tumor immunity, and transplant.
R Programming Workshop
Students will learn basic programming in the R language with applications in clinical translational research. This course is aimed at teaching students introductory skills needed to import, manipulate, visualize and analyze data. The applied portion of the course will focus on basic bi-variate tests, regression and survival analysis. This course will incorporate the theme of reproducibility in clinical research using features of the R Studio environment, such as R markdown. (Pre-Requisite Required: Biostatistics; Free DataCamp Software required). Upon completion of this course CTSC trainees will earn 1 elective credit towards the MS degree.
Pharmacology and Drug Development
This course is designed using the flipped classroom model, in two parts: a 5 modular eLearning pre-requisite and an in-person faciliated discussio section. Topics covered include the drug development process from discovery to post-marketing . Participants will increase awareness about the processes involved in how drugs are discovered, explore preclinical studies, describe a clinical development plan and the phases of human drug trials, and examine post-marketing and safety of drugs. Students completing the course will understand drug target identification, drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics, drug phase trials, global regulation policies, FDA approval and review processes, and post market regulation activities. Upon conclusion of this course CTSC trainees will earn 2 core credit towards the MS degree.
Leading Collaborative Teams
Instructor(s):Frank J. Wayno, PhD, eCornell
In today's workforce, adaptation and responsiveness are key elements in the success for an organization. As turnaround times shorten and demands increase, organizations must leverage teams to reach strategic goals and fulfill initiatives. Students in this 2 week online course will diagnose team needs, set expectations for development, utilize conflict to augment change, and build team autonomy to support leaders in embracing a more strategic focus. Participants will be able to identify their personal leadership brand and values, examine group decision making, and explore team collaboration by completing an action plan at the end of the course. This course is administered through eCornell; enrollment sections are offered throughout the year, once every 2 weeks. Completion of the coursework should take an estimated 6-8 hours. Upon completion of this course CTSC trainees will earn 1 elective credit towards the MS degree.
Building High Performing Teams
In this 5-module course, students will create a strategy to turn a work group into a high functioning team by evaluating challenges and applying techniques to generate positive team outcomes. Participants will explore the dimensions and inherent benefits of a well-organized, synchronized team and how to develop a systematic and concrete approach to organizing individuals into a highly effective, productive, and cohesive work force. Based on the research and expertise of Professor Kate Walsh, Ph.D., of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, students will learn how to enable a team to take ownership of its own success and shift leadership roles as the team assumes greater responsibility. Using tools provided in this course, students will explore best practices in leading teams, assess case studies, and examine functional conflict. With the completion of an action plan at the end of the course, you will be ready to apply what you learn to your own organization. This course is offered through eCornell; completing all of the coursework should take an estimated 7 hours. Upon completion of this course CTSC trainees will earn 1 elective credit towards the MS degree.
Advanced Seminars in Ethics of Clinical Research
Instructor(s):Inmaculada de Melo-Martin, PhD, MS
This course will help students distinguish the competing ethical obligations of clinical practice and clinical research; appreciate the ethical obligations of the clinical investigator to human subjects; understand the regulation of human subjects research from protocol design to extra-mural oversight and explore ongoing ethical challenges in research.
Advanced Statistical Methods for Observational Studies
Instructor(s):Samprit Banerjee, PhD
This course will provide trainees with an advanced overview of statistical methods and issues related to the design and analysis of observational studies. Prerequisite: Introduction to Biostatistics or approved equivalent course.
Instructor(s):Jenny Xiang, BM
This course is designed to give students an overview of genomics technologies including microarray and next-generation sequencing and their applications in the biomedical field leading to design, analysis and interpretation of microarray and next-generation sequencing experiments.
Heart-to-Heart: Experiential Learning in Community Outreach
The CTSC “Heart-to-Heart” (H2H) Campaign is a multi-institutional service program that reaches out to underserved, at-risk communities throughout the metropolitan area by offering free healthcare screenings at local community sites. To qualify you must be an enrolled CTEP student in good standing, MDs must be a U.S. licensed MD (resident, fellow, attending, etc.), non-MDs must be employed at WCMC or one of the partner institutions.
Introduction to Global Health
Instructor(s):Satchit Balsari, MD, MPH
This course teaches high-yield skills in preparation for common clinical encounters in resource-poor settings. Geared towards students who plan to serve abroad or who have interest in this area. Hands-on teaching workshops and labs which span a wide range of disciplines ranging from Infectious Diseases to Mother-child Health to Emergency Medicine.
Multi-Cultural Approaches to Community Health and Disease Prevention
Instructor(s):Laura Robbins, DSW, CSW, MSW
This course will provide an overview of cultural diversity and its impact on the development and implementation of health promotion policies, programs, and health services research.
Principles of Clinical Research and Design
Instructor(s):N/A, eLearning course
This course is an introduction to the design of sound clinical research, including randomized trials, epidemiological studies and health economics/outcomes research, covered in a 4 module format.
Qualitative Research Methods
Instructor(s):Laura Robbins, DSW, CSW, MSW
The course is intended to enable participants to gain a basic fluency with qualitative research methods. The sessions will consistently interweave the theoretical underpinnings of the methods with concrete examples of qualitative research.
Seminar on Scientific Community-Based Research on Health and Health Disparities
Instructor(s):Elaine Wethington, PhD
This course will introduce students to the principles and practices of multi-disciplinary community-based scientific research on health and health disparities. Topics will range from theoretical presentations of different models of community-based and other types of translational research models, methodological education, ethical issues in community-based research, case studies of specific community research projects, health literacy and patient centered research, and funding and publication issues. All classes will be simulcast from Cornell University – Ithaca.