Certificate Program in Clinical Research
Rationale for the Program
Physicians and other health professionals who wish to work in clinical research often need additional didactic training in order to gain the necessary skills that are not covered in their health professional education. The Clinical Research Curriculum Award or K30 grant has allowed us to create the MS in Clinical Research track in Program in Epidemiology and Human Genetics offered by the Graduate Program in Life Sciences. The K30 program has developed short courses (e.g. PREV 616 Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research) and seminars (PREV 633 Legal and Regulatory Issues in Clinical Research) which provide training in clinical research skills that were not previously available to UM students. In addition, the K30 award has supported the development of a Health Economics Course as well as the "reformatting" of courses to make the curriculum more flexible (e.g. PREV 706 as a 4 day short course). Despite the flexibility of the program, many faculty and fellows who are potential "K30 scholars" are not able to take the entire MS in Clinical Research track but would like evidence that they have successfully completed limited training in clinical research. The Maryland Higher Education Commission has recently approved the Certificate Program in Clinical Research to provide this option.
Educational objectives of the Program
To provide didactic training (12 credits of coursework) in the core aspects of clinical research.
- Design and conduct a study that minimizes bias and confounding.
- Design studies that can be applied to clinical practice.
- Access and critically appraise research literature in medicine and related domains.
- Form research question, operationalize variables.
- Know when and how to use quantitative methods and understand the results.
- Choose the appropriate sample size and power to test hypotheses.
- Effectively collect and maintain study data.
- Evaluate and communicate study findings to scientific and lay audiences.
- Write a research grant proposal that will successfully compete for funding.
- Manage a research team and build multidisciplinary collaborations.
- Respect and protect the rights and welfare of individuals participating in research.
Description of the program
This 12 credit certificate in clinical research program will provide training in the core competencies of clinical research including study design, biostatistics, data management, scientific communication and the ethical, legal and regulatory issues in clinical research.
List of courses
- PREV 600 (3 credits) Principles of Epidemiology
- PREV 616 (2 credits) Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research at UMB
- PREV 706 (2 credits) Research Informatics: Data Management for Research
- PREV 633 (1 credit) Application of Legal and Regulatory Issues in Clinical Research
- CIPP 909 (1 credit) Responsible Conduct of Research
- PREV 620 (3 credits) Principles of Biostatistics OR PREV 621 (3 credits) Biostatistical Methods (with approval, students may substitute another 3 credit biostatistics course to meet this requirement)
- Please note that PREV 620 must be taken concurrently with PREV 619 Introduction to SAS (1 credit). Most certificate students should plan to take PREV 621 unless they plan to transfer into the MS in Clinical Research program. If planning to transfer, students should take PREV 619 and PREV 620.
Expected student learning outcomes
Students are expected to obtain a B or higher in all courses to demonstrate competency in the above areas at the level of a certificate program.
The program will be supported through the K30 program, the clinical research curriculum award. The course work is already in place for this program. Advising will be done through faculty supported by the K30 program. The tracking of certificate completion will be done jointly by the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health Academic Office and the K30 Program staff.
The Graduate School requires a completed application (online or paper), one set of official transcripts from all prior undergraduate and and graduate study, three letters of recommendation and a statement of academic goals and research interests. The Graduate School normally requires Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores for admission to graduate programs and uses GRE scores as part of the data on which it bases its admission decisions. The scores, however, are never the sole criteria for admission. If you are a health professional (e.g. clinical fellow) or health professional student (e.g. dental student), you may submit the scores (e.g. MCATs) you used to be admitted to your professional school. Please refer to the application instructions for complete information regarding application requirements. For additional information, download the Frequently Asked Questions or contact Lauren Levy by phone (410.706.2866) or by email (email@example.com).
Tuition & Financial Aid
Financial assistance is not available for the certificate program. Download information on tuition costs.