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Offered in collaboration with  UCI School of Medicine


The Clinical Research Certificate Program developed in partnership with the UC Irvine School of Medicine, is designed to prepare medical students, academics, physicians, industry and hospital based researchers to conduct, implement and interpret clinical research at the intersection between basic science and clinical medicine. It is designed to bring diverse disciplines together to address the increasing gap between “bench” research and “bedside” application and from bedside application to improved healthcare quality.

Program Benefits

  • Acquire foundational skills and techniques to be able to collaborate successfully with colleagues in basic sciences and other disciplines in the effective conduct of high quality clinical research, and applied to a broad spectrum of clinical issues and settings
  • Develop competency in study design reflecting the breadth and complexity of clinical and translational science applications (i.e., beyond clinical trials)
  • Learn skills to facilitate critical appraisal of multidisciplinary research literature
  • Understand how to conduct and manage clinical research
  • Engage in activities that develop the skills required to lead multidisciplinary research teams
  • Understand the use of medical statistics, data analysis, and the use of data repositories
  • Develop skills in communication, problem solving, educational methods, research and management, related to a clinical translational research
  • Students are linked with mentors from more than one discipline appropriate to the students’ research interest

Who Should Enroll

The Clinical Research Certificate is ideal for practicing physicians, junior faculty in clinical departments, residents, academics, industry, hospital based researchers, fellows and 4th year medical students and others who are interested in the conduct, interpretation and implementation of clinical research that translates biomedical discoveries into clinical practice, improves the delivery of high quality care and informs health care policies.

Courses within this certificate program carry full graduate course credit at UCI’s School of Medicine and most can be directly applied to the school’s MS degree in Biomedical and Translational Sciences (MS-BATS). Students will be able to concurrently enroll in these courses via ACCESS UCI through UCI Division of Continuing Education.

On-site Training Available

Our Corporate Training specialists can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization’s specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.

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Recorded on 8/29/2014
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Certificate Eligibility and Requirements

A Certificate is awarded upon completion of four (4) required courses, 16 units (160 hours): Introduction to Medical Statistics, Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology and Medical Decision Making, Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials, Ethics in Clinical Research with a grade of “B” or higher in each course.

To become an official candidate in the program, students pursuing the certificate must submit a Declaration of Candidacy. Students are encouraged to declare candidacy as soon as possible, but no later than after the third course in the program. To receive the certificate after completing all program requirements, students must submit a Request for Certificate. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course. Students not pursuing a certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

Advisory Committee

  • Ralph V. Clayman, M.D., Professor, Department of Urology, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
  • Paul Curry, M.D., Past Chief of Staff, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian; Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Alan Goldin, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
  • Sheldon Greenfield, M.D., Donald Bren Professor of Medicine, Executive Director, Center for Health Policy Research, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
  • Zeev Kain, M.D., Associate Dean for Clinical Research Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
  • Sherrie H. Kaplan, Ph.D., MPH, Professor of Medicine, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Healthcare, Evaluation and Measurement, Executive Co-Director, Health Policy Research Institute, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
  • Scott Whitcup, M.D., Executive Vice President, Head R & D & Chief Scientific Officer, Allergan