grad-clinicalinvestigation

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
studentinquiry@ictr.wisc.edu
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 13-17 credits.

Required Courses
Graduate Entry-Level Biostatistics3-6
Students select one of the following:
Introduction to Biostatistics
Introduction to Biostatistics for Population Health
and Regression Methods for Population Health
Independent Study 1
Other Required Courses
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 or an equivalent course approved by the executive committee:1-2
Ethics and the responsible conduct of research and practice of Medical Physics
Ethics in Science 2
Advanced Topics (Topic: Responsible Conduct of Research)
Research Ethics: Scientific Integrity and the Responsible Conduct of Research
Ethics and the Responsible Conduct of Research
Research Ethics and Career Development
Responsible Conduct of Research for Biomedical Graduate Students 3
Advanced Responsible Conduct of Research for Biomedical Students 4
Total Credits13-17
1

The 1-credit B M I 699 is for students with instructor consent who have prior statistics (not biostatistics) coursework. Students who take this option must also complete an additional 2 credits. Consult with certificate program for course options.

2

While ONCOLOGY 715 Ethics in Science is graded on the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading basis, it may be counted toward completion of the certificate curriculum.

3

Although students have the option to choose a grading basis for OBS&GYN 955 Responsible Conduct of Research for Biomedical Graduate Students, the course will only count toward completion of the certificate if it is taken on the A-F grading basis.

4

While  OBS&GYN 956 Advanced Responsible Conduct of Research for Biomedical Students is graded on the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading basis, it may be counted toward completion of the certificate curriculum. If the student has an equivalent requisite for this course that doesn’t appear on their UW-Madison transcript (e.g., course taken at a different institution), they should obtain consent of instructor.

Questions can be directed to Deidre Vincevineus, Student Services Coordinator, at studentinquiry@ictr.wisc.edu.

  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.