Fundamentals of Clinical Research

Open the door to your future with a Certificate in the Fundamentals of Clinical Research from UW–Madison. Take courses part-time to enter this emerging field, and improve the lives of patients in communities or care settings.


Is this program right for you?

A Certificate in the Fundamentals of Clinical Research from UW–Madison allows you to understand and practice evidence-based research to help tackle the world’s complex research questions—such as those in therapeutics, diagnostics, and preventative health care—and bring solutions to patients.

Our certificate is offered through the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (UW ICTR), part of a national consortium of patient care and research institutes funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical and Translational Science Awards.

Most of our students are working health professionals, including physicians, veterinarians, pharmacists, nurses, biomedical engineers, and others. The program provides a foundation in research methods and analysis, study design, and ethical conduct. With this foundation, you can begin to address a variety of questions via community-based and managed care-based research.

Our courses are taught by UW–Madison faculty in population health sciences, biostatistics, veterinary surgical sciences, oncology, and medical history and bioethics. We value collegiality, collaboration, and interdisciplinary learning. Many of our certificate students continue on to a master’s degree program in Clinical and Translational Research.

Upon completion of your Capstone Certificate in the Fundamentals of Clinical Research, you will be able to bring improved research skills to your job in private industry, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, or other organizations committed to outstanding patient care.

Is this program right for you?

A Certificate in the Fundamentals of Clinical Research from UW–Madison allows you to understand and practice evidence-based research to help tackle the world’s complex research questions—such as those in therapeutics, diagnostics, and preventative health care—and bring solutions to patients.

Our certificate is offered through the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (UW ICTR), part of a national consortium of patient care and research institutes funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical and Translational Science Awards.

Most of our students are working health professionals, including physicians, veterinarians, pharmacists, nurses, biomedical engineers, and others. The program provides a foundation in research methods and analysis, study design, and ethical conduct. With this foundation, you can begin to address a variety of questions via community-based and managed care-based research.

Our courses are taught by UW–Madison faculty in population health sciences, biostatistics, veterinary surgical sciences, oncology, and medical history and bioethics. We value collegiality, collaboration, and interdisciplinary learning. Many of our certificate students continue on to a master’s degree program in Clinical and Translational Research.

Upon completion of your Capstone Certificate in the Fundamentals of Clinical Research, you will be able to bring improved research skills to your job in private industry, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, or other organizations committed to outstanding patient care.

Admissions Requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent.

To apply:

  • Online application to UW–Madison as University Special Student.
  • Official transcripts.
  • Biosketch, CV, or resume.
  • Statement of purpose.
  • Letter of recommendation.

Applications accepted for fall, spring, or summer enrollment.

Program Highlights

  • Our courses are offered during evenings and weekends. You can continue working while earning a certificate of distinction in just 18 months.
  • Our program is offered through the UW Institute for Clinical Translational Research, which collaborates with multiple university departments and industry partners like the Marshfield Clinic.
  • UW–Madison’s Fundamentals of Clinical Research program is interdisciplinary. You learn from UW–Madison faculty with backgrounds in population health sciences, biostatistics, veterinary surgical sciences, oncology, and medical history and more.

How You'll Learn

  • Attend evening classes at UW–Madison, offered weekdays after 4 p.m.
  • Formal training and a practicum in research design and statistical analysis for professionals in health care, biotechnology, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Sample Curriculum

  • Introduction to Biostatistics
  • Introduction to Clinical Trials I and II
  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • One lecture course in the Responsible Conduct of Research

Job Outlook

Market Salary
$81K in 2018

Projected Job Growth
9.9% for Natural Science Managers (2016-2026)

Job Postings
74,791 in 2018

Source: Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight. 2019.
Burning Glass Technologies’ Market Salary is an estimated expected salary. Market Salary uses machine learning algorithms to account for experience, skill, and education among other factors that may impact individual salaries.

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