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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 Andrea C C

Oct 8, 2020

was hard but neccesary

By David B

Feb 25, 2018

Very clearly presented

By Jelle S

Dec 25, 2016

Short but very useful!

By tran n k t

Jun 3, 2021

g​reat course content

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Oct 21, 2018

el curso es excelente

By Panagiotis K

Nov 29, 2020

Excellent course!!!!

By Dickens O

Jan 16, 2018

I enjoyed the course

By Abdullah M

Sep 2, 2021

very goood

thank you

By Luis F A T

Mar 14, 2021

Interesting course;

By Mari M

Jul 20, 2020

Excelente course !!

By Maciej K T

Oct 30, 2017

Excellent, engaging

By Geo J D

Feb 5, 2021

good course indeed

By Emmanuel O

Aug 4, 2020

Outstanding course

By Twaib S

Jan 16, 2019

i like this course

By Yu-Pu B W

Dec 2, 2016

Very GOOD lesson!!

By Muskaan S

Sep 24, 2021

I learned so much

By Ackrion M

Apr 4, 2021

Excellent Course!

By Pete S

Jul 26, 2020

really enjoyed it

By Oscar S

Jun 26, 2020

Concise and clear

By M B

Jun 22, 2020

wonderful Course!

By Gustavo M

Jul 22, 2019

Great experience!

By Caroline P

Jan 23, 2018

Very good course!

By Aiswarya B

Jun 30, 2017

Very informative!

By Mauricio C

Nov 21, 2016

Very good course.