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Advanced Clinical Research Methods Certificate Program

NOTE: We will not be accepting applications for 2016 entry into this certificate program. Please check back in October 2016 for news about applications for 2017 entry.


With the explosive growth of medical science and technology, clinical researchers play a critical role in helping to move new knowledge from the laboratory bench to the practitioner's office and ultimately to health care systems and communities.

The Advanced Clinical Research Methods certificate program is intended for aspiring clinical researchers who have already completed a masters program in a relevant discipline (such as epidemiology or health services research) but who desire additional advanced and specialized course work in research methodology.

This graduate certificate program involves advanced courses in epidemiologic methods and biostatistics, including design of clinical trials and a capstone project.

Students attend regular, daytime graduate classes on the Seattle campus. At least 17 course credits must be earned. The formal requirements usually can be met within approximately one calendar year, beginning in Autumn Quarter.


Applicants should be individuals who have already earned a master's degree in Epidemiology, Health Services, Biostatistics, or the equivalent. Clinical experience is desirable, but the program can be pursued by non-clinicians who seek to apply their prior graduate training to clinical research. Priority is given to candidates who have already been accepted into a funded University of Washington pre- or postdoctoral training program.

Individuals who do not already hold a masters degree and who wish to earn one in preparation for a clinical research career should instead consider the clinical research track in the Master of Science degree. Those with a clinical background who seek a basic introduction to research methods but do not plan to seek a master's degree should consider the Basic Clinical Research Methods certificate program.

More Information

For questions about program logistics, requirements, and the application process, contact staff in the Epidemiology Student Academic Services:

epi@uw.edu or 206-543-8226

For other questions, contact the Program Director:

Professor Susan R. Heckbert, MD, PhD
Cardiovascular Health Research Unit
Office: 358085
1730 Minor Avenue, Suite 1360
Seattle, WA 98101-1448
Tel: 206-287-2777
Fax: 206-287-2662

Information on this page is subject to change without notice.

This page was last updated on October 21, 2015