Clinical Research Certificate Program

The Clinical Research Certificate Program is designed primarily for School of Medicine residents, fellows, and faculty who seek careers as collaborative researchers. Clinical research project managers, those working in private industry, and others interested or currently working in careers in collaborative and clinical research support roles also may benefit from these courses.

Please note: This program is in-class only. Online courses are not available.

We offer two pathways:

NON-CREDIT - This pathway is only available to University of Pennsylvania affiliated medical students, residents, fellows and post-doctoral fellows/researchers. Participants will not register in the University system and will not have an official transcript, however, they still may earn a certificate.

CREDIT - This pathway is available to anyone interested in taking these courses and participants will be registered officially.

Requirements

1. A minimum of 4 courses totaling a minimum of 3 course units (NOTE: several courses are 0.5 course unit) which must include:

REQUIREMENT

COURSES FULLFILLING THE REQUIREMENT

NON-CREDIT

CREDIT

Course

Course

Course Units

Semester

1 .Introductory course in
research methods/study design

Fundamentals of Medical Research I: Epidemiologic Study Designs

Fundamentals of Epidemiologic Study Designs (EP 801)

0.5

Fall

OR

OR

 

 

Introduction to Epidemiologic Research Methods

Introduction to Epidemiologic Research Methods (EP 811)

0.5

Summer

2. Introductory course in biostatistics

Fundamentals of Biostatistics in Practice

Fundamentals of Biostatistics in Practice (EP 802)

0.5

Spring

OR

OR

 

 

Fundamentals of Medical Research II: Biostatistics in Practice

Biostatistics in Practice (EP 803)

1

Spring

OR

OR

 

 

Fundamentals of Biostatistics

Fundamentals of Biostatistics (EP 812)

0.5

Summer

3. Course covering practical applications of research, including protocol development, data collection, and compliance with federal guidelines and other regulations

Practical Applications in Clinical Research Methods

Practical Applications in Clinical Research Methods (EP 805)

1

Fall

Database Management

Database Management (EP 814)

0.5

Summer

Clinical Trials and Translational Research

Clinical Trials and Translational Research (EP 815)

0.5

Summer

4. Course that includes material covering aspects of scientific and ethical research conduct

Practical Applications in Clinical Research Methods

Practical Applications in Clinical Research Methods (EP 805)

1

Fall

Clinical Trials and Translational Research

Clinical Trials and Translational Research (EP 815)

0.5

Summer

2. Completion of two online Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) programs:

These are accessible through the School of Medicine's Knowledge Link, (the modules required for the Biomedical Research Track for each program) or CHOP's Office of Research Education

a) Responsible Conduct of Research and
b) Protection of Human Subjects

Please use this checklist  to plan and track your progress. You can also view suggested pathways and listings of courses.

The Clinical Research Certificate Program Committee, composed of faculty within the CCEB is responsible for the review and approval of all courses taken in order to fulfill Certificate Program requirements. Upon the successful completion of program requirements, an application can be submitted to request a certificate. Requests are reviewed three times a year, after each semester, so applications for certificates should be submitted by September 15th, January 15th, or June 15th. It takes about 8-10 weeks to receive the certificate.

Registration is now OPEN for the Summer 2014 semester.

For questions about the Clinical Research Certificate Program or registration, please contact Anna Nagy.

Course Descriptions and Schedules

3-Year Academic Calendar

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