University of Wisconsin–Madison

Certificate Programs

Our Certificate Programs are designed in direct response to the National Institutes of Health priorities for a well-prepared, effective clinical and translational science workforce.  Alumni of the programs are citing these Certificates among their academic credentials on their CVs, as well as research grant applications, to highlight specialized training in clinical and translational health research.  If you are a scholar preparing to apply for one of our Career Development Awards, please consider incorporating our certificate programs into your training plans!

FUNDAMENTALS OF CLINICAL RESEARCH

Man and woman in white laboratory coats working at a lab bench with test tubes and a microscope.The Fundamentals of Clinical Research certificate provides formal training and a practicum in research design and statistical analysis for professionals in health care, biotechnology, and the pharmaceutical industry. The certificate program offers 13 – 14 credits of training to introduce current and future clinical researchers to the principles of research design and statistical analysis for clinical research.

Certificate in the Fundamentals of Clinical Research flyer (PDF)

For more information, please contact Sally Wedde at rec-education@hslc.wisc.edu.

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  • Capstone Certificate Admission

    All students must apply to the UW-Madison to be considered for admission to the Clinical Research Capstone Certificate Program. This certificate does not require GRE scores, but does require that a student has at least a Bachelors degree, as the required courses are graduate level.

    • Students do not need to be seeking a degree to earn a Capstone Certificate in the Fundamentals of Clinical Research.
    APPLICATION GUIDELINES
    • Applications are accepted any time of the year.
    • Only complete applications will be considered. The program application requires the following supporting materials: A copy of the applicant’s biosketch, resume or CV, a copy of official transcripts from each institution attended post-high school; a one-page Statement of Purpose; a brief letter of recommendation addressing the applicant’s interest and experience in clinical research, self-initiative, quality of work, record of publications and presentations, and support (in time and funding) of their current department, if applicable.
    • Tuition and fees are charged at the UW-Madison graduate level rate.

    Step 1 – Submit your application to the program – Capstone Certificate Application (Word Doc).
    Step 2 – Apply to the Division of Continuing Studies as a Special Student.

    Once admitted, you will receive a formal letter of admission from the Division of Continuing Studies. The letter will contain course enrollment instructions and information about tuition and registration deadlines.

    For more information, please contact Sally Wedde at rec-education@hslc.wisc.edu.

  • Professional & Graduate Certificate Admission

    Complete applications are considered year-round for the Professional and Graduate Certificate programs in the Fundamentals of Clinical Research.

    • The curriculum is the same for both Professional and Graduate Certificates.
    • Students who are earning an MS or PhD at UW-Madison can earn a Graduate Certificate in the Fundamentals of Clinical Research.
    • Students who are earning a professional degree (PharmD, MD, DVM, etc.) can earn a Professional Certificate in the Fundamentals of Clinical Research.
    APPLICATION GUIDELINES

    Step 1 – Submit the ICTR Certificate Application and supporting materials described on the form – Professional Certificate application (Word Doc).
    Step 2 – Submit the Certificate Declaration Form (PDF).

    All forms and materials can be emailed in PDF form (preferred), mailed, or delivered to:
    Sally Wedde, ICTR REC Education Programs Administrator
    Email: rec-education@hslc.wisc.edu
    2112 Health Sciences Learning Center
    750 Highland Avenue
    Madison, WI 53705

  • Course Requirements

    The Certificate Program in the Fundamentals of Clinical Research consists of five courses for a total of 13-14 semester credits.

    REQUIRED COURSES

    Biostatistics and Medical Informatics 541: Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credits, Fall)
    Biostatistics and Medical Informatics 542: Introduction to Clinical Trials I (3 credits, Spring)
    Biostatistics and Medical Informatics 544: Introduction to Clinical Trials II (3 credits, Fall)
    Population Health 797: Introduction to Epidemiology (3 credits, Fall)

    One lecture course in ethical conduct of research selected from the following list of courses:

    Vet Med/Surgical Science 812: Research Ethics and Career Development (2 credits, Fall)
    Medical History and Bioethics 545: Ethical and Regulatory Issues in Clinical Investigation (1 credit, Fall)
    Nursing 802: Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research (1 credit, Spring)
    Oncology 675: Appropriate Conduct of Science (listed as “Advanced or Special Topics,” 1 credit, Spring)
    Pharmacy 800: Research ethics, Scientific Integrity and the Responsible Conduct of Research (2 credits, alternate Fall semesters, 2012, 2014, etc.)
    Ob/Gyn 955: Responsible Conduct of Research for Biomedical Students (2 credits, Fall)

CLINICAL & COMMUNITY OUTCOMES RESEARCH

Group of people working together on a tabletop using electronic devices, sketch pads, and post-t notes.The Certificate in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research (CCOR) addresses the gap between basic research discoveries and their application in clinical and public health practice. Such research requires engagement among community members, organizations, clinicians, and researchers and draws on a distinct set of skills.

Capstone Certificate in CCOR flyer (PDF), CCOR Program Flowchart (PDF)
The CCOR Handbook can be found online (Google Site).

For more information, please contact Sharon Schumacher at sharon.schumacher@wisc.edu.

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  • Capstone Certificate Admission

    The Capstone Certificate in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research is for non-degree seeking graduate students or professionals looking for specialized training in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research.

    CAPSTONE CERTIFICATE APPLICATION GUIDELINES

    Pre-Requisites:

    • Students not currently enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program may enroll in the Capstone Certificate program through Adult Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS). ACSSS is part of the UW Division of Continuing Studies.
    • NOTE: The Capstone Certificate program in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research is not a full-time program and therefore cannot grant admission to international students needing an F-1 or J-1 visa.
    • An earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university is required for enrollment in the Capstone Certificate.
    • Every applicant to the Capstone Certificate program whose native language is not English, or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English, must provide official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). An admitted Capstone applicant must have a TOEFL (paper-based) test score above 580; TOEFL computer-based test (CBT) score above 237; or MELAB score above 82.

    Application Process for Capstone Certificate Students:
    Step 1 – Apply for admission through Adult Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS) taking note of the information about the application process for Capstone certificate programs.

    Step 2 – Apply for admission to the Capstone Certificate in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research. Your application should include a photocopy of your official transcript from each college you have attended, your CV/resume, and two letters of recommendation.

    Notification of admission to the Capstone Certificate program:
    Within three weeks after we receive your completed application, you will receive notification of the admission decision. If you have any questions about the status of your application, feel free to contact Sharon Schumacher at scschumache2@wisc.edu.

    TUITION:

    The fee structure for the Capstone Certificate will be the same as that of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program, posted here. To view the applicable tuition information, select the term/semester you intend to enroll and, under “Student Career,” select Master of Public Health (MPH) in the drop down box.

    For information about the possibility of financial aid, visit: Capstone Certificate FAQs for Prospective Students at: http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/capstone/faq-students.htm#financial.

    ADVISEMENT:

    After admission, the Certificate Faculty Advisory Committee will review your research interests and recommend an advisor for you. Following that, you will be notified with the name and contact information of your advisor. You need to schedule a meeting with your Certificate Advisor within the first month of your Certificate program to identify learning and career objectives and to discuss your program in relation to your goals.

    CONTACTS:

    As a Capstone student, you will be working with two offices on campus:

    1. ACSSS
      ACSSS can assist you with determining which University Special student status best fits your needs, enrollment questions, connecting with other departments and offices on campus, and University policies and procedures (e.g. add, drop, and withdrawal process).
    2. The Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR)
      ICTR can assist you with course requirements specific to the Certificate in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research program, matching you with a Certificate advisor, and other matters concerning your certificate program. Contact Sharon Schumacher at scschumache2@wisc.edu, or (608) 262-1415.
  • Professional & Graduate Certificate Admission

    The Graduate Certificate is for students currently enrolled in any of the approved graduate programs at the UW-Madison and is intended to supplement basic research training.

    The Professional Certificate is for students enrolled in professional programs (MD, PharmD, DVM, JD, MPH, DNP).

    APPLICATION GUIDELINES

    Graduate and professional students from any discipline are eligible to apply for enrollment in the Clinical and Community Outcomes Certificate program. To be considered for admission, complete the following application procedures.

    Graduate & Professional Certificate in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research Application (PDF)

    1. Print and complete the certificate application.
    2. Send your completed application to Sharon Schumacher, 701 Highland Ave., University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53705 or scschumache2@wisc.edu
    3. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by the Certificate Advisory Committee.
    4. Notification of admission to the Certificate program: If you have completed the application procedures described above, you will receive notification of the admission decision within three weeks. If you have any questions about the status of your application, feel free to contact Sharon Schumacher at scschumache2@wisc.edu.
    5. After you have been admitted, the Certificate Advisory Committee will review your stated research interests and recommend an advisor for you. An objective is to match each student with an adviser from a discipline other than their own, to expose students to a variety of perspectives. You will be notified with the name and contact information of your advisor. Schedule a meeting with your Certificate Advisor within the first month of your Certificate program to identify learning and career objectives and to discuss your program in relation to your goals.
    6. Note to PhD students: You may want to start your Clinical and Community Outcomes Research Certificate program early enough to be finished before you start your dissertation because University policy states: “If a dissertator wants to add a program (typically a master’s program) or a certificate program, he/she cannot hold dissertator fee status while pursuing a graduate degree (or certificate) in a field other than the PhD program. Dissertators who add a program or a certificate program must enroll and pay fees as a regular graduate student.”
  • Course Requirements

    The Certificate in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research consists of five courses and one project for a total of 14 – 15 credit hours. Course requirements are the same for Graduate, Professional and Capstone Certificates in CCOR.
    Depending on your course load, you may be able to complete course requirements within two years. (See sample curricula below) The certificate requirements are flexible in that you may propose qualifying courses to be considered as elective credit and you may adapt your master’s or PhD project to meet the criteria for the Certificate project requirement.

    1. Pop Health 709 – Translational and Outcomes Research in Health and Health Care (3 credit hours)
    2. Choose from elective area: Working with Communities (2-3 credit hours)
    3. Choose from elective area: Quantitative Methods Relevant to Translational and Outcomes Research (3 credit hours)
    4. Choose from elective area: Qualitative Methods Relevant to Translational and Outcomes Research (3 credit hours)
    5. Project (2 credit hours)
    6. Seminar (1 credit hour)
    ADVISEMENT

    After you have been admitted to the Certificate program, you will be contacted with the name of your Certificate Adviser. An objective is to match each student with an adviser from a discipline other than their own, to expose students to a variety of perspectives.

    NOTES:
    • Sample curricula (Word Doc)
    • Your Certificate Advisor can help you identify courses that qualify as elective credit. See the list of Suggested Elective courses (PDF)
    • At least 50 percent of credits applied toward Certificate requirements must be taken in residence at UW-Madison.
    • PhD students: You may want to start your Certificate in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research early enough to be finished before you start your dissertation because University policy states: “If a dissertator wants to add a program (typically a master’s program) or a certificate program, he/she cannot hold dissertator fee status while pursuing a graduate degree (or certificate) in a field other than the PhD program. Dissertators who add a program or a certificate program must enroll and pay fees as a regular graduate student.”
Fundamentals of Clinical Research Certificate

The experiences I gained through the Certificate in the Fundamentals of Clinical Research opened many doors for my future. It provided additional challenge within my education, opportunities to work closely with other health professionals and faculty, and placed me in a great position to pursue pharmacy residencies and fellowships, as well as future careers as a clinical investigator – Kalynn Rohde, PharmD, Completed Certificate in 2013

Clinical & Community Outcomes Research Certificate

I learned the importance of involving end-users right from the start of the research project. Their involvement enhances the entire research experience from ensuring that the research question/topic is pertinent, increasing the participation in the project, and ensuring the success of translating your research findings into clinical practice – Jennifer Weiss, MD, MS