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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

TS
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

OS
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 Bruna d A P

Mar 26, 2020

The content was very well prepared, but i think most of the Topics can not be applie

By Marilia C

Aug 31, 2017

Good course as an introduction of the topic.

By Xin W

Jan 3, 2017

presentation is poor, not very engaging

By Nicolas C

Jun 11, 2017

Interesting, but a little elementary.

By Felix J G G

Jul 23, 2017

Explanations are complicated

By Sandeep C

Mar 15, 2020

english is not too formal.

By Dmitry P

May 22, 2020

Great, smart, and talented people who understand the course material. Not everybody has the talent to teach.

By Amr S

Mar 28, 2021

it's not easy forward nor clear especially for examples wise, many times I feel confused and lost.