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Graduate Certificate Programs

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

Qualified Applicants

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.

About Graduate Certificate Programs

Health-related industries are projected to continue their steady growth for years to come, increasing the need for highly-qualified professionals. In response, Jefferson College of Life Sciences (JCLS), through the Graduate Center for Education & Training, has developed certificate programs, offered at times convenient to practicing professionals and focused on growth areas in healthcare industries.

The certificate programs comprise about one-third of the requirement for a Master of Science degree. They use courses selected from our existing programs in the Graduate School:

As there are fewer course requirements for certificate programs than for formal degree programs, degree candidates may also pursue certificates as part of their graduate curriculum. Courses within certificate programs must be taken for academic credit and may be applied to appropriate existing Master of Science programs. These programs make completing or enhancing a degree or getting new skill sets accessible and affordable.

Additionally, courses completed for a certificate program may later be applied toward a graduate degree program. Please note that acceptance to and successful completion of a Certificate program does not guarantee admission to a JCLS degree program. 

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Jefferson College of Life Sciences

Phone:    (215) 503-5799