Clinical Research Certificate Program

Clinical Research Certificate Program

The Clinical Research Certificate Program provides non-degree training for medical professionals conducting and collaborating on clinical research studies. Courses address fundamentals of epidemiology and biostatistics, clinical trial design, database development, practical aspects of study conduct, research ethics, and regulatory compliance.

  • The program is designed for clinical fellows, faculty, residents and medical students at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.
  • The current course offerings include:
    • Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology
    • Biostatistics in Practice
    • Database Management
    • Clinical Trials and Translational Research
    • Critical Appraisal of the Medical Literature
    • Practical Applications in Clinical Research Methods
  • Completion of the certificate requires four courses and is typically completed part-time in one-to-two years.

Credit: Individuals interested in obtaining University of Pennsylvania credit for Certificate Program courses will be formally registered via the University's Student Record System, granted active student status, and charged full course tuition. Eligible University of Pennsylvania faculty and staff may receive tuition assistance through University tuition benefits.

Non-Credit: This registration option is available only to University of Pennsylvania PSOM-affiliated clinical fellows, residents, medical students, and postdoctoral fellows. A reduced fee is applied when the non-credit option is used. Participants using the non-credit option are not granted active/registered student status at the University of Pennsylvania.

Please contact our office for current tuition and fees:

Course Registration and Scheduling

Courses are offered in the Summer, Fall and Spring terms. Participants can begin the program during any of the three terms. There is no required sequence for courses.

Registration Schedule

  • Summer Term Courses: Registration opens in late April
  • Fall Term Courses: Registration opens in mid-June
  • Spring Term Courses: Registration opens in November

Enrollment limits have been established for each course. Highest priority for enrollment will be granted to University of Pennsylvania PSOM-affiliated clinical fellows, residents, medical students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty members. All others will be enrolled as availability allows.

Spring 2020 Course Registration is CLOSED. 

You must complete a registration form for each individual course. Completion of this form does not guarantee course enrollment. Enrollment will be confirmed via email once the registration request period ends.


Please email us with any questions or program inquiries. 




Diversity Statement:The Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics values diversity and seeks talented students from diverse backgrounds, including individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Further, the CCEB does not discriminate on the basis of color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or status as a disabled or Vietnam Era veteran in the administration of its educational policies, programs or activities, admissions policies and procedures, and scholarship programs. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply to the CCEB's educational programs.
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How can we answer and anticipate the pressing health issues we face together as a society? At the CCEB we rise to that challenge through research and training in epidemiology and in biostatistics. We solve problems facing patients and populations. MORE