The capstone program is for health professionals or health program managers who do not have an existing student relationship with the University.

Students do not need to be seeking a degree to earn the Capstone Certificate in the Fundamentals of Clinical Research.

Applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree, as the required courses are graduate level.

The application is free, relatively brief, and online. Through the online application process, the university will determine whether the applicant is a Wisconsin resident or a non-Wisconsin resident for tuition purposes.

Submit your application to the Fundamentals of Clinical Research Certificate Program (UNCS453) through the Division of Continuing Studies.

Once admitted, you will receive a formal letter of admission. The letter will contain course enrollment instructions and information about tuition and registration deadlines.

For more information, please contact program manager Deidre Vincevineus at student

  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.000 during the program to remain in good standing
  • Additional option for ethical conduct of research may be available for new faculty or team-leading independently funded researchers
  • Students complete 13–17 graduate-level 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 of courses:1-2
Research Ethics and Career Development
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 Credits13-17
  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.