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Two New HarvardX Courses Announced this Fall

Harvard School of Public Health in collaboration with Harvard Medical School announce two new courses this fall: Fundamentals of Clinical Trials (HSPH-HMS214X) and Health and Society (PH201X).


Fundamentals of Clinical Trials

Classes start: 14 Oct 2013

This course will provide an introduction to the scientific, statistical, and ethical aspects of clinical trials research. Topics include the design, implementation, and analysis of trials, including first-in-human studies (dose-finding, safety, proof of concept, and Phase I), Phase II, Phase III, and Phase IV studies. All aspects of the development of a study protocol will be addressed, including criteria for the selection of participants, treatments, and endpoints, randomization procedures, sample size determination, data analysis, and study interpretation. The ethical issues that arise at each phase of therapy development will be explored.

Course Staff

Dr. James Ware
Frederick Mosteller Professor of Biostatistics at HSPH
Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Science at HSPH

Elliott Antman
Senior faculty member in the Cardiovascular Division of the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Julie E. Buring
Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Graham McMahon M.D. M.M.Sc.
Associate Professor of Medicine and member of the Academy at Harvard Medical School.

Marcia Testa (PhD, MPhil, MPH)
Senior Lecturer on Biostatistics in the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Robert D. Truog, MD
Professor of Medical Ethics, Anaesthesia and Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

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Health and Society

Classes start: 15 November 2013

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the major social variables that affect population health.

The course covers the theoretical underpinnings of each construct (e.g. "race" as a social category), and surveys the empirical research linking each to population health status. Methods are introduced to operationalize each construct for the purposes of empirical application in epidemiologic research.

Course Staff

Ichiro Kawachi, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Social Epidemiology, and Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Monica L. Wang, Sc.D., M.S.
Research fellow in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and an instructor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health.

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