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. Courses are offered after 4pm to accommodate your current job.


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, such as physicians, veterinarians, pharmacists, nurses, biomedical engineers, and others. You may be interested in doing research but are not completely sure about its reality. Through our certificate program, you gain 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, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, or other organizations committed to outstanding patient care.


What you Learn

  • Conduct better evidence-based research in your patient-centered clinical job
  • Better analyze outcomes, behaviors, diagnoses, managed care, clinical trials, or other data

Where & How you learn


  • Evening/Weekend; face-to-face


  • Attend evening classes at UW-Madison; most courses are offered after 4pm

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All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent
  • Apply to the Division of Continuing Studies as a University Special student
  • As instructed within the application, please submit the following:
  • a copy of your biosketch, résumé, or curriculum vitae;
  • a copy of official transcripts from each institution attended post-high school;
  • a 1-page statement of purpose; and
  • a brief letter of recommendation addressing your interest and experience in clinical research, self-initiative, quality of work, record of publications and presentations, and financial or other support from your current department if applicable

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