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March 16, 2004
CONTACT: Pamela Young

EMU to offer master's degree in clinical research administration

YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved the implementation of a master's degree in clinical research administration at its regular meeting March 16.

The new master of science degree will allow students to develop expertise in the management of clinical research trials, a skill of increasing value as the regional role in the development of new pharmaceutical drugs and other medical treatment grows. The degree program expands a current fifteen-hour post-baccalaureate certificate program offered by the University for the past eight years.

"This was the first program in the country to offer graduate level academic credit for this content and more than 300 students have participated in the program," said Dr. Stephen Sonstein, coordinator of the program. "As the local workforce in the pharmaceutical industry has increased, many of EMU's certificate students have filled these new positions."

During the past ten years, there has been tremendous growth in pharmaceutical research and development as well as the development of new drug discovery technologies, said Sonstein. These trends have increased the need for experienced professionals in the field of clinical research administration.

The master's program will offer additional coursework and creative opportunities to further enhance the students' skills and provide an avenue for upward mobility in this increasingly demanding profession.

The program is scheduled to begin in fall 2004 with a projected enrollment of 30 to 50 students.

The program will continue under the direction of Sonstein with classes taught by faculty in the departments of associated health professions, nursing health administration, sports medicine, chemistry and adjunct faculty from the local pharmaceutical and clinical industries.

Admission requirements are: a baccalaureate degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or above, two letters of reference and a written composition explaining why the student would like to be admitted to the program. Conditional admission will be at the discretion of the program coordinator. Individuals who have been conditionally admitted must complete at least one semester with a grade of B or above to be granted full admission.

For additional information about the program, contact the department of associated health professions at 734.487.4094.



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