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Curriculum in Clinical Research

The NIH offers the following curriculum in clinical research through distance learning:

  • Principles of Clinical Pharmacology 
    This course is an online lecture series covering the fundamentals of clinical pharmacology as a translational scientific discipline focused on rational drug development and utilization in therapeutics. The recommended textbook is Principles of Clinical Pharmacology, Third Edition (2012) edited by Arthur J. Atkinson, Jr., et al. and published by Academic Press/Elsevier. The course is taught by an international group of though leaders in the field from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and guest faculty from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), academia, and the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research 
    The Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR) course is based on a curriculum on how to effectively conduct clinical research.  Many academic medical centers lack a formal course in training for clinical research, and investigators have relied on mentors to learn how to conduct clinical trials. This course formalizes that instruction. The recommended textbook is Principles and Practice of Clinical Research, Third Edition (2012), edited by John I. Gallin and Frederick P. Ognibene and published by Academic Press/Elsevier.

  • Bioethics
    The Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research course is offered to anyone interested or involved in clinical research involving human subjects.

  • Clinical Research Training On-Line Course for Principal Investigators
    This is a web-based course that addresses one of the essential standards (Training and Education) approved by the NIH for performing clinical research in the Intramural Research Program. All NIH intramural clinical principal investigators are required to take the course and successfully complete a final exam.

  • NIH-Duke Masters in Clinical Research (NIH Only)
    Formal coursework leading to a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research, a professional degree awarded by the Duke University School of Medicine. The program is open to NIH staff clinicians, NIH clinical fellows, and other NIH health professionals who are training for careers in clinical research.

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This page last updated on 02/01/2019

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