340.613.11 | AY 2013-2014 - Summer Inst. Term | 2 Credit(s)
MTWThF 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Dave Shade
    Elizabeth Sugar
    Teaching Assistant
    Sanjay Rampal
    Guest Lecturer
    Ian Saldana
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Understand the scientific rationale for conducting randomized trials
    • Become familar with with various trial designs
    • Understand randomization and of the principle of analysis by assigned treatment
    • Be familiar with ethical issues in clinical trials and with related U.S. regulations and guidelines for the conduct of trials
    • Illustrate topics with examples of clinical trials
  • Course Description
    Introduces clinical trial design in the context of epidemiological concepts, covers various topics in the design and conduct of clinical trials, and profiles clinical trials that illustrate these issues. Topics include the definition and history of clinical trials; trial designs, including phase III-IV, cross-over, factorial, and large, simple designs; internal and external validity; controls, randomization, and masking; ethical issues; introductions to data collection and management and analysis principles; monitoring of trials for safety and efficacy; and use of clinical trial data in healthcare decision-making.
  • Intended Audience
    JHSPH students and Summer Institute participants wanting to become acquainted with basic clinical trial methodology, either to broaden their knowledge of public health and clinical research, or to obtain a basis for more advanced study of the design and conduct of clinical trials
  • Methods of Assessment
    In‐class assignments, exam, and class participation
    Exercises – 50% (10% for each exercise)
    Final exam – 40%
    Class participation – 10%
    No exam retakes will be allowed. Conflicts with the exam date will be handled on a case‐by‐case basis.
  • Prerequisites

    340.601 (Principles of Epidemiology) or permission of instructor

  • Required Text(s)
    Because of the structure of the Summer Institute, there will be limited opportunities for reading assignments. Course faculty will not expect or require specific readings unless distributed in class.
    • An Insider’s Guide To Clinical Trials. Curtis L. Meinert, Oxford Univisity Press, New York. 2011.
    • Fundamentals of Clinical Trials. Lawrence M. Friedman, Curt D. Furberg, and David L. DeMets, Springer‐Verlag, New York, 1998.
    • A Clinical Trials Manual From The Duke Clinical Research Institute: Lessons from a Horse Named Jim(2nd Ed.). Margaret B. Liu and Kate Davis. Wiley‐Blackwell, Oxford, UK. 2010.
    • Clinical Trials: A Methodological Perspective. Steven Piantadosi, John Wiley and Sons, New York, 1997.
    • Clinical Trials Dictionary: Terminology and Usage Recommendations. Curtis L. Meinert, Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Trials, Baltimore, 1996.
  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

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