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Clinical Research

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Thomas A. Lloyd, Ph.D., Professor and Division Chief, Epidemiology
Mardi Sawyer, BS
Public Health Sciences, A210
Penn State College of Medicine
600 Centerview Drive, PO Box 855
Hershey, PA 17033-0855
Phone: 717-531-1286
Fax: 717-531-3922

In the current medical climate, there is a growing need for academic clinicians and health care professionals who are trained in clinical research. Unfortunately, there are few programs that offer the didactic preparation for the unique requirements of a clinical researcher.

The primary goal of this program is to provide a formal, structured program that will prepare certificate candidates to pursue a successful career in clinical research. The curriculum includes courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, clinical trials, decision and cost-effectiveness analysis, outcomes measurement, quality management, health care economics and policy, scientific communication, and SAS statistical analysis computing. The 15 credit hour program offers courses on weekday evenings, enabling the student to continue clinical or employment activities. Certificate candidates will be able to complete the 15 credit hour requirement in 2 semesters.

Admission Requirements

The successful applicant must have completed a medical, nursing, or baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Fellows and junior faculty members with current appointments at the Penn State College of Medicine, as well as nursing graduates and public health personnel, are target candidates for the certificate program.


Core (6 prescribed credits)


520. Principles of Biostatistics (3)
550. Principles of Epidemiology (3)

In addition to the 6 credits of required core coursework, students must select an additional 9 credits from the following list of electives:


500. Research Ethics (1)
511. Methods in Translational Research (1)
518. Scientific Communications (1)
519. Patient Oriented Research (1)
535. Quality of Care Measurement (3)
536. Health Survey Research Methods (3)
551. Advanced Epidemiological Methods (3)
580. Clinical Trials Design Analysis (3)
581. Clinical Trials Case Studies (1)
801. Data Management (1)

Effective Date: Spring Semester 2010
Expiration Date: Spring Session 2020

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2011

Blue Sheet Item #: 40-04-185

Review Date: 01/10/2012


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