Clinical Research

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About the Program

Looking to extend your expertise in the healthcare field to be able to better conduct clinical research and collaborate with other clinician-scientists? A graduate certificate in clinical research from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine can get you there. 

Taught in the heart of Cleveland’s healthcare hub, this certificate is geared toward physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and other health-science professionals. Our flexible, interdisciplinary program combines knowledge of biostatistics, epidemiology, and study design with training in ethical, legal and regulatory issues in patient-oriented research.

What to Expect

Offered in a part-time format, the certificate provides a foundational training in clinical research methods without the need to pursue a full Master of Science program in clinical research. If you are a health-science student, basic-science researcher or other health science professional who would like to enhance your skills in patient-oriented research, this certificate is also a good fit.

Earning this certificate will grant you the necessary tools to become a more effective, efficient and ethical clinical investigator. With only 11 required credits, the program will take you around three to four semesters to complete, whether you pursue online or in-person options. Our curriculum includes courses such as Introduction to Clinical Research, Introduction to Epidemiology, Research Ethics and Regulation, Statistical Methods, and a CITI Basic course in Protection of Human Research Subjects.

After the completion of our program, you will achieve basic competency in the following areas: 

  • Formulation of clinical research questions
  • Literature critique
  • Study design
  • Analytic methods
  • Research ethics

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Beyond the Classroom

Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, our KL2 grant program training provides professional development awards that allow for recently trained physicians to pursue mentored research in the disciplines of clinical and translational investigation.

At Case Western Reserve, this process is facilitated through our Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative, one of 60 academic health centers funded under this consortium nationwide to enhance the training of individuals interested in multidisciplinary clinical research. The CTSC coordinates resources relevant to clinical research at the university and our hospital affiliates, including Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth Medical Center, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, and the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Medical Center.

By the Numbers


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Admission Requirements

To apply for the certificate program, you’ll need to submit the following materials:

  • A completed CWRU application;
  • A non-refundable application fee of $50;
  • A recent CV or resume; 
  • Official transcripts (for the admissions committee's purposes, unofficial transcripts can be used to review your application; if you are accepted, the School of Graduate Studies will require official transcripts); and 
  • A personal statement describing your reasons for seeking clinical research training. 

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