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 design and implementation.

Applications to the certificate program are considered on a rolling basis. Students in graduate or professional school at the UW–Madison simply apply in time to register for the semester in which they want to start the certificate courses.

Submit the Graduate or Professional Certificate application.

All forms and materials can be emailed in PDF form (preferred), delivered, or mailed to:

Deidre Vincevineus, Student Services Coordinator
2112 Health Sciences Learning Center
750 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705

The Certificate Program in the Fundamentals of Clinical Research consists of five courses for a total of 13–14 semester credits.

Required 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
One lecture course in ethical conduct of research selected from the following list of courses:1-2
Research Ethics and Career Development
Ethical and Regulatory Issues in Clinical Investigation
Ethics and the Responsible Conduct of Research
Ethics in Science
Research Ethics: Scientific Integrity and the Responsible Conduct of Research
Responsible Conduct of Research for Biomedical Graduate Students
Advanced Topics (Topic: Responsible Conduct of Research)
Total Credits13-14

Questions can be directed to Deidre Vincevineus, Student Services Coordinator, at

  1. Determine when it is appropriate to use a patient-oriented research design to investigate a translational clinical problem.
  2. Understand the principles of clinical research design and statistical analysis.
  3. Understand the principles of multidisciplinary patient-oriented clinical research protocols.
  4. Apply and foster professional, ethical and responsible conduct of clinical research.