Clinical Research Certificate Program

Clinical Research Certificate Program

New online format beginning in Fall 2020!

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.
  • Beginning in fall 2020, all courses will be online to reduce scheduling challenges related to clinical activities.
  • Course offerings include:
    • Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology
    • Biostatistics in Practice
    • Clinical Trials
    • Database Management 
  • The Certificate Program can be completed over a single academic year and requires:

Program Registration

For the 2020-2021 academic year, we are offering enrollment to clinical fellows and residents only.

An application for program enrollment is required. Please note that space is limited and applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis.

The application for the 2020-2021 academic year has closed. We are unable to accomodate additional students for the current year. The application for the 2021-2022 academic year will open June 14, 2021. 

Non-Credit Registration: This enrollment option is available only to University of Pennsylvania PSOM-affiliated clinical fellows, residents, and medical students. 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.

Credit Registration: 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.

Please contact us for current tuition and fees.

Courses and Schedule

All courses are conducted online via Canvas. Each course runs over seven weeks with specific start and end dates.

Course Term Offered AY 21 Course Dates
Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology Fall (first half of term)

 Tuesday, 9/1/2020- Friday, 10/16/2020

Biostatistics in Practice Fall  (second half of term) Monday, 10/26/2020-Friday, 12/11/2020
Clinical Trials Spring (first half of term) Monday, 1/11/2021-Friday, 2/26/2021
Database Management Spring (second half of term) Monday, 4/12/2021-Friday, 5/28/2021 
CITI Training Both Terms Continuously available

Program Inquiries

For program inquiries and other questions, please send an email to: 


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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