Certificate Programs

Our certificate programs in Fundamentals of Clinical Research and Implementation Science & Community Health Outcomes are designed in direct response to National Institutes of Health priorities for a well-prepared, effective clinical and translational science workforce. The Pharmacogenomics Certificate is offered through the partnership between ICTR, the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy and the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute.

Those who’ve completed these programs cite them on their CVs and research grant applications to highlight their specialized training in clinical and translational health research. If you are a scholar preparing to apply for one of our Career Development Awards, consider incorporating our certificate programs into your training plans!

Read on for information about the following three programs:

  • Fundamentals of Clinical Research
  • Implementation Science & Community Health Outcomes
  • Pharmacogenomics

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 Deidre Vincevineus at studentinquiry@ictr.wisc.edu.

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Capstone Certificate Admission: Clinical Research

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 bachelor’s 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 online application is free and required (050117).
  • Tuition and fees are charged at the UW-Madison Health Professional level rate.

Submit your application to the program on the Division of Continuing Studies site.

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 Deidre Vincevineus at studentinquiry@ictr.wisc.edu.

Professional and 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

Submit the Graduate or Professional Certificate application (PDF).

All forms and materials can be emailed in PDF form (preferred), mailed, or delivered to Deidre Vincevineus, ICTR Student Services Coordinator.

Email: studentinquiry@ictr.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 12-15 credits.

REQUIRED COURSES

Fundamentals of Clinical Research – Graduate/Professional Certificate – Requirements.

Fundamentals of Clinical Research – Capstone Certificate – Requirements.

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PHARMACOGENOMICS

A latex-gloved hand dispenses a pill in a cup into a patient's outstretched hand.The Certificate in Pharmacogenomics combines the field of pharmacology with the field of genetics to provide pharmacy students with foundational knowledge of how genes affect an individual’s response to medications. This certificate offers a unique 2 weeks (80 hours) of training for up to 6 students each term offering. The skills and knowledge gained from this program can be applied to a wide range of local, national, and international organizations including pharmaceutical companies, private medical organizations, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions.

Certificate in Pharmacogenomics Flyer (PDF)

For more information, contact Emili Leary, PharmD, at leary.emili@marshfieldclinic.org.

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Certificate Admission: Pharmacogenomics

To be considered for admission to the certificate program, individuals must be enrolled or accepted into a graduate program at UW-Madison. While we do not currently offer an option for practicing professionals with UW-Madison, Marshfield Clinic Health System, or other affiliated organizations at this time, those individuals are strongly encouraged to fill out the online application form to document interest and potential in future offerings.

All individuals accepted must have completed prerequisite (or similar) courses, including:

  • General or Introductory Biology
  • General or Applied Statistics
  • General Genetics or Principles of Genetics or Microbiology

Individuals who are not UW-Madison students (or practicing professionals affiliated with UW-Madison) who would be interested in this certificate in the future are encouraged to provide their contact information using the online application form.

Application Guidelines

  • Applications may be submitted any time of the year
  • If openings for the program are available, the program director will announce availability for the upcoming semester via email
  • Only complete applications will be considered
  • The online application is free and required
  • All applications are submitted electronically using the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute Pharmacogenomics Certificate Application form

Once admitted, you will receive a formal letter of admission from the Director or Administrator of the program. The letter will contain acceptance information, registration instructions, the course schedule, and syllabus or course overview document.

Course Requirements

Designed as a single course experience, accepted students are only required to register for an independent study course. Each semester when the program is offered, a UW-Madison professor will serve as the preceptor for the course.

During the two-week course, students must complete all of the units and assignments and pass the final exam to receive the certificate. Each unit of the program is guided by a daily lecture, followed by a discussion and clinical application/assignment, which progresses as the program moves forward. This includes 9 days (typically Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) covering the following topics:

  • Introductory Genetics, Fundamentals of Pharmacogenomics
  • Pharmacogenomics Resources and Impact
  • Orientation to Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC)
  • The Cytochromes P450 (CYPs) enzymes
  • Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Pharmacogenomics
  • Oncology Pharmacogenomics
  • Pharmacogenomics Implementation
  • Pharmacogenomics Informatics
  • Pharmacogenomics Research Programs/Collaborative

IMPLEMENTATION SCIENCE & COMMUNITY HEALTH OUTCOMES

Group of people working together on a tabletop using electronic devices, sketch pads, and post-t notes.The Certificate in Implementation Science & Community Health Outcomes (ISCHO) 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 distinct skills. 

ISCHO flyer (PDF) & ISCHO Brochure (PDF)

To learn more, please contact Deidre Vincevineus at studentinquiry@ictr.wisc.edu, or consult the online ISCHO Handbook (Google).

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Capstone Certificate Admission: ISCHO

The Capstone Certificate in Implementation Science & Community Health Outcomes is for non-degree-seeking students looking for specialized training in Implementation Science & Community Health Outcomes Research. Applicants must have completed a minimum of a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent.

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 Implementation Science & Community Health Outcomes 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 by printing out the application form and submitting it as instructed to the Capstone Certificate in Implementation Science & Community Health Outcomes. 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 Deidre Vincevineus at vincevineus@wisc.edu .

TUITION:

Tuition and fees are charged at the UW-Madison Health Professional level rate.

ADVISEMENT:

After admission, the Certificate Faculty Advisory Committee will review your research interests and recommend a certificate advisor for you. Following that, you will be notified with the name and contact information of your certificate 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 Implementation Science & Community Health Outcomes, matching you with a certificate advisor, and other matters concerning your certificate program. Contact Deidre Vincevineus at vincevineus@wisc.edu, (608) 263-3274.

 

Professional and 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).

Course requirements for both are the same.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

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

Graduate & Professional Certificate in Implementation Science & Community Health Outcomes Application (PDF)

  1. Print and complete the certificate application.
  2. Send your completed application to Deidre Vincevineus , 750 Highland Ave., University of Wisconsin, Madison WI 53705 or vincevineus@wisc.edu.
  3. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by the Certificate Faculty 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 Deidre Vincevineus, vincevineus@wisc.edu, (608) 263-3274.
  5. After you have been admitted, the Certificate Faculty Advisory Committee will review your stated research interests and recommend an advisor for you. (Your certificate advisor is different than your advisor for your degree program.) 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 Certificate in Implementation Science and Community Health Outcomes 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

Course requirements are the same for Graduate, Professional and Capstone Certificates in ISCHO.

Depending on your course load, you may be able to complete course requirements within two years. (See sample curricula below each option) 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. For details about course and project requirements, refer to the online handbook.

The ISCHO Certificate consists of four courses and one project for a total of 11 – 13 credit hours.

  1. Pop Health 709 – Translational and Outcomes Research in Health and Health Care (3 credit hours)
  2. Choose from elective area: Working with Communities & Implementation Science (2-3 credit hours)
  3. Choose from elective area: Qualitative Methods Relevant to Translational and Outcomes Research (2-3 credit hours)
  4. Project (2 credit hours)
  5. Seminar (1-2 credit hours)
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:
  • Your Certificate Advisor can help you identify courses that qualify as elective credit. Refer to the online handbook for suggested elective courses.
  • 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 Implementation Science & Community Health Outcomes 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.”

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT OUR CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Fundamentals of Clinical Research Certificate

As a veterinary oncologist, my academic and clinical training prepared me to provide patient care, but gave me little formal training to conduct high caliber clinical research.  The Fundamentals in Clinical Research certificate program was pivotal to my transition from clinician to researcher. I was able to broaden my horizons on the UW campus through interactions with researchers from various disciplines. The program helped me focus my research and positioned me for success with funding agencies.   My projects have already benefitted from what I learned, and I am pleased to be able to pass this along to the next generation of clinician-researchers through my own teaching.

– Michelle Turek, DVM, Completed Certificate in 2016

Implementation Science & Community Health Outcomes 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