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Certificate Program in Clinical Research

Clinicians and scientists who wish to conduct clinical research often need additional didactic training in order to gain needed skills that are not covered in their health professional or graduate education. Many faculty and fellows are not able to take the entire MS in Epidemiology and Clinical Research (Clinical Research Track) but would like evidence that they have successfully completed training in clinical research. The Maryland Higher Education Commission has approved the Certificate Program in Clinical Research to meet the needs of these students.

Objectives and Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation students will gain the ability to: 

  • Identify important research questions and develop hypotheses
  • Develop research protocols
  • Understand and interpret basic statistical analysis methods
  • Conduct clinical investigations
  • Develop and submit grant proposals


This 13-credit certificate will provide didactic training in the core aspects of clinical research including:

  • Study design
  • Basic biostatistics
  • Data management
  • Scientific communication
  • Ethical, legal and regulatory issues in clinical research

Course Requirements

  • PREV 600 (3 credits) Principles of Epidemiology
  • PREV 616 (2 credits) Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research at UMB
  • PREV 633 (2 credits) Application of Legal and Regulatory Issues in Clinical Research
  • CIPP 907 (1 credit) Responsible Conduct of Research
  • PREV 620 (3 credits) Principles of Biostatistics 
  • PREV 619 (1 credit) Introduction to SAS 
  • PREV 710 (1 credit) Clinical and Translational Research Project Design and Implementation


Admission Requirements

Applicants complete the University of Maryland application HERE. Users must first create an account. Please refer to the application instructions for complete information regarding application requirements. 

Due dates for the Certificate applications:

  • March 1, 2024 (early admission deadline)
  • May 15, 2024 (final deadline)

For more information about admissions:

Tuition & Financial Aid

Financial assistance is not available for the certificate program.

For more information, please visit UMB Financial Services.