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Clinical Research Postbaccalaureate Certificate

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Contact Information
School of Public Health, MMC 819, A395 Mayo Memorial Building, 420 Delaware Street, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-626-3500 OR 1-800-774-8636)
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 16
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Clinical Research PBacc Cert
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The certificate is designed for clinicians and other health professionals with at least five years of relevant experience who want to learn how to design, implement, and interpret clinical research studies. Students can pursue the certificate on a part-time basis.
This program is accredited by Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
Program Delivery
  • partially online (between 50% to 80% of instruction is online)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Applicants are required to have a baccalaureate degree and either a minimum of five years of relevant clinical research experience or GRE scores.
Special Application Requirements:
Applicants must submit to SOPHAS Express, a centralized online application service: - Completed SOPHAS Express application and application fee, designating the University of Minnesota School of Public Health - Personal statement describing the applicant's reason for applying, career goals, and how the certificate will help them achieve their goals - One letter of recommendation -Unofficial transcripts of record from each college/university where a degree was earned. (If admitted, official transcripts will need to be sent directly to the School of Public Health.) -Resume or C.V. For detailed application requirements and instructions visit
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
    • General Test - Analytical Writing: 3.5
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 100
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 600
    • Total Score: 7.0
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
A grade of at least B- must be earned for courses taken on the A/F grade basis.
Required Coursework (16 credits)
Take the following courses, in consultation with the program director:
PUBH 6301 - Fundamentals of Clinical Research (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6742 - Ethics in Public Health: Research and Policy (1.0 cr)
PUBH 6303 - Clinical Research Project Seminar (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6320 - Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6450 - Biostatistics I (4.0 cr)
PUBH 7415 - Introduction to Clinical Trials (3.0 cr)
or PUBH 7420 - Clinical Trials: Design, Implementation, and Analysis (3.0 cr)
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PUBH 6301 - Fundamentals of Clinical Research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00562
Typically offered: Every Fall
Concepts of clinical research design/implementation/analysis. Students will learn skills needed for research in humans.
PUBH 6742 - Ethics in Public Health: Research and Policy
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to ethical issues in public health research/policy. Ethical analysis. Recognizing/analyzing moral issues.
PUBH 6303 - Clinical Research Project Seminar
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Students will present their thesis and give and receive feedback. Students must have their project underway.
PUBH 6320 - Fundamentals of Epidemiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This course provides an understanding of basic methods and tools used by epidemiologists to study the health of populations.
PUBH 6450 - Biostatistics I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Descriptive statistics. Gaussian probability models, point/interval estimation for means/proportions. Hypothesis testing, including t, chi-square, and nonparametric tests. Simple regression/correlation. ANOVA. Health science applications using output from statistical packages. prereq: [College-level algebra, health sciences grad student] or instr consent
PUBH 7415 - Introduction to Clinical Trials
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02819
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Hypotheses/endpoints, choice of intervention/control, ethical considerations, blinding/randomization, data collection/monitoring, sample size, analysis, writing. Protocol development, group discussions. prereq: 6414 or 6450 or one semester graduate-level introductory biostatistics or statistics or instr consent
PUBH 7420 - Clinical Trials: Design, Implementation, and Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to and methodology of randomized clinical trials. Design issues, sample size, operational details, interim monitoring, data analysis issues, overviews. prereq: 6451 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 6451 or 7406 or instr consent