Honors College Course
The Honors College is an option for undergraduate students at UIC who seek additional academic challenge and extra-curricular opportunities. Students accepted to UIC may apply, and their acceptance is contingent on exceptional academic accomplishments. Members of the Honors College may take honors courses or participate in an array of out-of-classroom experiences each semester, including an undergraduate research assistant program.
HON 201, “An Introduction to Clinical and Translational Science,” is an elective, one credit, one semester Honors College course that consists of ten 1.5 hour sessions over the semester. It introduces students, most of whom have a background in the natural sciences, to Clinical and Translational Science (CTS). It outlines the range of research questions and accompanying methodologies used in CTS and demonstrates how to refine some questions to testable hypotheses. It also outlines the steps involved in the attempt to test these hypotheses: research design, analysis plan, subject protection, patient consent and IRB application, patient recruitment, data collection analysis, results, and implications.
Since many Honors College students participate in research, this course provides both the motivation and the skills to allow them to participate in clinical research studies. The students can then pursue additional CTS training through the broader range of REACH offerings.