Advanced Research Methods

From the study of molecular processes to the analysis of population patterns, research methods are constantly evolving. This collection of online courses introduces novel methods for engaging in research along the full translational continuum.

CME: Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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"An Introduction to Health Care Systems Engineering"

This module introduces systems engineering methods and their emerging applications to health care delivery research. Application of systems engineering principles, with appropriately designed experiments, can be used to improve the value of health care delivery. No CME credit is available.

Presenter: Jeanne M. Huddleston, M.D.

"The Promise of Epigenomics in Medical Research and Future Practice"

Epigenomics is the study of all the changes in gene function that occur without a change in the sequence of the DNA, known as epigenetic changes. At the completion of this module, learners will be able to define and explain the history of epigenetics and epigenomics. They will identify how these mechanisms underlie the regulation of gene expression. They will be able to describe how DNA modification occurs; for example, the role of chromatin dynamics.

Learners will be able to explain how epigenetics and epigenomics contribute to inheritance and human diseases. Finally, learners will be able to discuss the use of epigenetics and epigenomics in diagnostics and therapeutics. No CME credit is available.

Presenter: Raul A. Urrutia, M.D.

"An Introduction to Biomedical Informatics"

At the completion of this online module, learners will be able to define biomedical informatics, compare between different areas of research and development in informatics, and identify key problems motivating the field of biomedical informatics. No CME credit is available.

Presenter: Jyotishman Pathak, Ph.D.

"Qualitative Research Methods"

The main goal of this module is to provide a broad overview of qualitative research methods. Special emphasis is placed on developing rigorous qualitative research design, appropriate ways of using various methods (ethnography, grounded theory, phenomenology and discourse analysis), data collection tools and data analysis strategies. No CME credit is available.

Presenter: Ashok Kumbamu, Ph.D.