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 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 requirement in 2 semesters.
Effective Date: Spring Semester 2010
Expiration Date: Spring Session 2020
Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 General Admissions Standards. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.
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.
Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.
|PHS 520||Principles of Biostatistics||3|
|PHS 550||Principles of Epidemiology||3|
|Select 9 credits of the following:||9|
|Research Ethics for Clinical Investigators|
|Methods Used in Translational Research|
|Patient Centered Research|
|Quality of Care Measurement|
|Health Survey Research Methods|
|Advanced Epidemiological Methods|
|Clinical Trials: Design and Analysis|
|Clinical Trials: Case Studies|
Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.
Certificate Program Head: Vernon Chinchilli
Director of Graduate Studies/Professor-in-Charge: Li Wang
Primary Program Contact: Marjorie Sawyer
Mailing Address: 90 Hope Drive, Public Health Sciences, Hershey, PA 17033
Telephone: (717) 531-7178
Program Website: Clinical Research