Clinical Research Certificate Program

The Clinical Research Certificate Program provides non-credit, 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 mainly offered to clinical and postdoctoral fellows, residents, faculty, and medical students affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.
  • All courses are conducted online to reduce scheduling challenges related to clinical activities.
  • Course offerings include:
    • Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology
      • Covers common disease measures (e.g., incidence and prevalence) and performance metrics of diagnostic tests (e.g., sensitivity, specificity)
    • Biostatistics in Practice
      • Provides a broad overview of the fundamental concepts of biostatistics and statistical models that are often used in clinical research
    • Clinical Trials
      • Serves as a general introduction to clinical trials, addressing methods in the design, conduct, and reporting of clinical trials
    • Database Management 
      • Provides students with an introduction to the techniques of data collection and database management as they apply to clinical research


The Certificate Program can be completed over a single academic year and requires:


An application for program enrollment is required. Please note that space is limited. First priority for enrollment will be granted to clinical fellows and residents.  All other applications for enrollment will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis if space is available. Applications must be submitted by the deadline to ensure consideration. 

Registration for the program occurs on an annual basis. The application for the 2024-2025 academic year is now open. The deadline to apply is August 19, 2024. Please reach out to us about questions or information about the upcoming year.

Please click here to fill out the application.

All courses are currently offered as non-credit. As such, participants are not granted active/registered student status with the University. Registration/enrollment is managed exclusively through the CCEB.

Course auditing is not permitted.

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 2023-24 
Course Dates
Course Dates
Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology Fall (first half of term) Monday, 09/04/2023 -
Friday, 10/20/2023
Monday, 09/02/2024 -
Friday, 10/18/2024
Biostatistics in Practice Fall  (second half of term) Monday, 10/30/2023 - Friday, 12/15/2023 Monday, 10/28/2024 - Friday, 12/13/2024
Clinical Trials Spring (first half of term) Monday, 02/05/2024-Friday, 03/22/2024 TBA
Database Management Spring (second half of term) Monday, 04/8/2024- Friday, 05/24/2024 TBA
CITI Training   Continuously available Continuously available



For program inquiries and other questions, please contact us and we'll get back to you as soon as possible!


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.