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About the Course

Clinical trials are experiments designed to evaluate new interventions to prevent or treat disease in humans. The interventions evaluated can be drugs, devices (e.g., hearing aid), surgeries, behavioral interventions (e.g., smoking cessation program), community health programs (e.g. cancer screening programs) or health delivery systems (e.g., special care units for hospital admissions). We consider clinical trials experiments because the investigators rather than the patients or their doctors select the treatment the patients receive. Results from randomized clinical trials are usually considered the highest level of evidence for determining whether a treatment is effective because trials incorporates features to ensure that evaluation of the benefits and risks of treatments are objective and unbiased. The FDA requires that drugs or biologics (e.g., vaccines) are shown to be effective in clinical trials before they can be sold in the US. The course will explain the basic principles for design of randomized clinical trials and how they should be reported. In the first part of the course, students will be introduced to terminology used in clinical trials and the several common designs used for clinical trials, such as parallel and cross-over designs. We will also explain some of the mechanics of clinical trials, like randomization and blinding of treatment. In the second half of the course, we will explain how clinical trials are analyzed and interpreted. Finally, we will review the essential ethical consideration involved in conducting experiments on people....

Top reviews

Jul 3, 2018

High quality course ! covering important areas and detailed lectures, more and better than a mere introduction. Congrats ! My only regret : I'd have liked to hear more about NI and equivalence trials

Sep 18, 2019

This course would be most useful to the participant if pursued within a short time-frame, of maximum of 6 weeks. Both lecturers were clear and good communicators. I would take more of their classes.

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By Shubhendra S T

Jan 2, 2020

Gives a good understanding on how Clinical Trial works and its various types.

By Evgeny S

Sep 4, 2018

This is a very good course to form a broad knowledge in clinical trial design

By Surya P V

May 21, 2020

It is an excellent course that enriched my understanding of clinical trials!

By Karan R

Mar 28, 2018

This has been a very helpful venture for my Public Health career. Thank you.

By Yijun C

Oct 19, 2016

very informative course. give me a overall picture of clinical trial design.

By Sergio R

May 19, 2020

Excelente curso para conocer los principios básicos sobre ensayos clínicos.

By Sudeep K G

Dec 12, 2019

The course was very extensive and informative and useful for all. Thank you

By Dai Y

Nov 14, 2019

Very good experience and thorough detailed explanation of clinical trails!!

By Sixtus A

Jan 30, 2019

A great introductory course in clinical trials; designs and interpretation.

By Roberta B

Nov 2, 2018

A very good course: useful information explained in a clear and simple way.

By Tushar a

Jun 1, 2020

Excellent course to enhance your knowledge about clinical research methods

By Dorsaf

May 26, 2020

Fantastic way to learn more about clinical trials. Certification worth it.

By Lizeth C M G

Nov 29, 2021

It is a very interesting course that has help me a lot in my career life.


Aug 23, 2021

Excellent Course that covers all areas of clinical trials. Well explained

By Anamarija M

May 17, 2020

a very useful course, it provides basic information for clinical studies.

By Tyrnnon S

Jan 15, 2020

Really helpful course to take as an introduction to clinical trial design

By Gaye T

Nov 25, 2019

It was very informative and easy to access, follow and complete course :)

By Ana B C S

Jun 8, 2018

Good way to get closer to Clinical trials and learn the basis about them.

By Diptiman C

Sep 27, 2020

It a great course for some interested in learning about clinical trials.

By jinjie c

Nov 28, 2019

Wonderful Course! I really gained a lot from this course!! Appreciate it

By Bharath K M

Jun 18, 2016

The course really deals with great insights of randomized clinical trial

By sonia y

May 9, 2020

This course is really helpful to know about randomized clinical trials.

By Alan A A T

Mar 26, 2021

Very usefull course for students who want to start in clinical trials.

By Miguel A

Dec 14, 2019

Excellent free option to engage in better appraisal of clinical trials

By Eduardo O D E

Jun 19, 2021

Excellent course to improve my knowledge. Thanks for the opportunity.