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Fundamentals of Clinical Research

Administrative Unit:Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
College/School: School of Medicine and Public Health
Minors and Certificates:Graduate/Professional Certificate


To conduct patient-oriented clinical studies adequately, it is necessary to understand the principles of research design and statistical analysis. With increasing complexities in clinical research, it is imperative that clinical researchers receive a minimum training in clinical research methods. The objective of the certificate in the fundamentals of clinical research is to provide formalized training in clinical research methodology and a practicum in research design and statistical analysis in patient-oriented clinical research. Areas of study include: biostatistics, epidemiology, research ethics and the responsible conduct of research, and clinical trials eesign and implementation.

Graduate/Professional Certificate

The certificate in fundamentals of clinical research consists of six required courses for a total of 16 semester credits:

BMI 541 Introduction to Biostatistics, 3 cr
BMI 541 Introduction to Clinical Trials I, 3 cr
BMI 544 Introduction to Clinical Trials II, 3 cr
BMI 546 Practicum in Clinical Trial Data Analysis and Interpretation, 3 cr

One lecture course in ethical conduct of research selected from:
Surg Sci 812 Research Ethics and Career Development, 2 cr
Med Hist 545 Ethical and Regulatory Issues in Clinical Investigation, 1 cr
Nursing 802 Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research, 1 cr
Oncology 675 Appropriate Conduct of Science, 1 cr

Pop Hlth 797 Introduction to Epidemiology, 3 cr

Applications to the certificate program are considered on a rolling basis.

For more information: Institute for Clinical and Translational resarch, 2112 Health Sciences Learning Center, 777 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI 53705; dltreu@wisc.edu; ictr.wisc.edu.