The  Capstone Certificate in the Fundamentals of Clinical Research is offered through the UW Madison Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (UW ICTR), part of a national consortium of patient care and research institutes funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical and Translational Science Awards. The certificate allows students to understand and practice evidence-based research to help tackle the world’s complex research questions—such as those in therapeutics, diagnostics, and preventative health care—and bring solutions to patients. Courses are taught by UW–Madison faculty in population health sciences, biostatistics, veterinary surgical sciences, oncology, and medical history and bioethics.

The fundamentals of clinical research certificate provides formal training and a practicum in research design and statistical analysis for professionals in health care, biotechnology, and the pharmaceutical industry. The certificate program requires at least 13 credits, which are completed on average in just under two years. Designed for the working professional, courses are offered after 4 p.m.

Further detail, including current tuition and cost, is available at the program website or contact below:

Certificate in the Fundamentals of Clinical Research Program Office
2112G Health Sciences Learning Center
Madison, Wisconsin 53705

Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree. Applications are accepted for both fall and spring semesters. Adult Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS) is the admitting office for all University Special students. However, the department offering the capstone certificate program makes the final admission decision upon review of all applicant materials. All application materials must be received by the deadline posted on the program website. 

Application steps

A complete application includes the following:

  1. An online application for admission as a University Special student, selecting UNCS Capstone Certificate and the program: Actuarial Science. This application is received and processed by ACSSS with final decision held for approval from the specific capstone certificate coordinator. 
  2. Submit an application to the capstone certificate program, which requires a copy of your biosketch, résumé, or curriculum vitae; a copy of official transcripts from each institution attended post-high school; a one-page statement of purpose; and a brief letter of recommendation stating interest and experience in clinical research, self-initiative, quality of work, record of publications and presentations, and financial or other support from a current department if applicable.  This application form is posted on the Clinical Research Capstone Certificate website.


Admitted students receive a formal letter of admission to UW–Madison from Adult Career and Special Student Services along with general enrollment information. Additional detail is provided on the ACSSS enrollment page

The program coordinator for the fundamentals of clinical research certificate program will send an email to admitted students with specific information pertaining to enrollment in courses and completion of the capstone program. 

  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.000
Biostatistics and Population Health Courses
B M I/​STAT  541 Introduction to Biostatistics3
B M I/​STAT  542 Introduction to Clinical Trials I3
B M I 544 Introduction to Clinical Trials II3
POP HLTH/​SOC  797 Introduction to Epidemiology3
Ethical Conduct of Research Requirement
Select one of the following:1-3
Research Ethics and Career Development
Ethical and Regulatory Issues in Clinical Investigation
Ethics and the Responsible Conduct of Research
Advanced or Special Topics in Cancer Research (Approp Conduct in Sci )
Research Ethics: Scientific Integrity and the Responsible Conduct of Research
Responsible Conduct of Research for Biomedical Graduate Students
Total Credits13-15

Students will learn to

  • Conduct better evidence-based research in your patient-centered clinical job
  • Better analyze outcomes, behaviors, diagnoses, managed care, clinical trials, or other data