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Basic 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 Basic Clinical Research Methods (BCR) Certificate program is intended for individuals who:

  • Have not completed, and do not plan to complete, an MS or MPH in a discipline relevant to clinical research, such as epidemiology, genetic epidemiology, health services research, or biostatistics;
  • Need a formal introduction to research methodology;
  • Cannot study full-time for the two years normally required to earn a masters degree.

This graduate certificate program emphasizes the acquisition of basic skills in research design, data analysis, and the application of this new knowledge through a capstone project.

Students attend regular, daytime graduate classes on the Seattle campus. At least 18 course credits must be earned, as described below. The formal requirements usually can be met within approximately one calendar year, beginning in Autumn Quarter.



  • Should not have completed, or plan to complete, an MS or MPH in a discipline relevant to clinical research, such as epidemiology, health services research, or biostatistics;
  • Must hold a bachelor's degree or higher;
  • Should NOT have completed, and DO NOT PLAN to complete, a masters degree program in any department in the UW School of Public Health.

Priority is given to candidates who have already been accepted into a funded University of Washington pre- or postdoctoral training program.

Applicants who are NOT already enrolled in a UW graduate or professional degree program will pursue the program as a Graduate Non-Matriculated (GNM) student. This requires a separate GNM application. How to Apply

Individuals who already hold a masters degree and who desire advanced course work related to clinical research should consider the Advanced Clinical Research Methods certificate program instead. Those who seek a master's degree in preparation for a clinical research career should consider the clinical research track in the Master of Science degree.

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