Human Clinical Investigation: Theory


  • Center City Campus
  • College of Life Sciences

Degree Earned

  • Certificate

Program Length
1 year

Program Type

  • On Campus

Scientific/Medical Background
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The Certificate Program in Human Clinical Investigation: Theory prepares clinicians (residents, fellows, faculty) for careers in academic medicine, the pharmaceutical industry, and government regulatory agencies by providing a strong foundation for the design and implementation of modern clinical and translational research.

Application Process & Deadlines

Applications for our Graduate Certificate Programs are considered on a rolling admissions basis throughout the year, and newly matriculated students may begin coursework in any academic term. 

A decision is typically reached one to two weeks from the time the application is complete. 

Applications are now available. 

Deadline: Rolling admissions, all semesters 

Application Requirements and Instructions

Program Overview

Clinicians trained in the basics of human clinical investigation are needed to design and initiate clinical trials in academic medicine and in the pharmaceutical industry.

The Certificate Program in Human Clinical Investigation: Theory provides the core competencies and skills needed for those interested in clinical research or careers in academic medicine. This program is designed for clinicians, but could be taken by others interested in understanding the theory behind clinical trial design.

This certificate focuses on the theory rather than the implementation. This certificate program is the didactic component of the MS Pharmacology Program, Human Clinical Investigation track. No thesis is required for the certificate.

Program Objectives

  • Provide the theory behind the design of human clinical studies and appropriate design and use of databases
  • Educate on the ethics and regulations governing clinical research
  • Provide a background in statistics and epidemiology necessary for human clinical investigation

Persons with scientific/medical background or experience who are interested in careers in clinical research may apply for our Certificate Program in Human Clinical Investigation: Theory. This certificate is most relevant to individuals with clinical backgrounds who are interested in being involved in human clinical research and leading research teams.