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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

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.

Oct 25, 2019

Excellent beginner course on design and interpretation of clinical trials, complements a lot of what I reviewed on my classes and I would like to take a more advanced course on the topic. Thank you.

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By Suprabha S

Oct 20, 2020

Wonderful course

Enjoyed throughly

Thank you so much mentors


By Surajit

Jul 8, 2020

Valuable course, Thank you, Johns Hopkins University and Coursera.

By Rajesh S

May 25, 2017

Very good course contains all the materials and excellent material

By Monesha R

Apr 15, 2021

Excellent course to gain knowledge and learn about clinical trial

By robin z

Sep 30, 2020

great course, I've learned a lot of clinical trial especially RCT

By Eszter T

May 6, 2020

Excellent course, highly recommended for us, clinical scientists!

By ojuka j c

Apr 7, 2020

This has given me an in-depth understanding of trials, thank you!

By Mansi D

Nov 26, 2020

Course was very helpful in understanding clinical trial design.

By Sara H

Apr 30, 2020

Very informative and fruitful course with qualified instructors

By Naila M

Aug 24, 2019

Excellent course, I would recommend this to anyone interested.

By Roy Y C

Mar 29, 2016

Easy to read slide materials with concise presentation videos.

By Anna C

Apr 12, 2021

Clear, useful and fulfilling! Thank you for this opportunity!

By Jesús F B D

Jan 30, 2021

Excelent course! Very complete and clear, briefly recommended

By Ana T F

Dec 6, 2020

It really helped me to improve my knowledge about this topic!

By Turgan S

Jan 12, 2021

Excellent class. Learned a lot in a very contemporary topic.

By Eric A S

Aug 11, 2020

Very interesting material, clearly and concisely presented.

By Chintan B

Jul 29, 2017

Best course and nicely posted all videos and the material.

By Cliff

Jul 8, 2017

Great course, easy to understand. Good point of referral.

By jose p m c

Aug 14, 2020

great course, anyone in the Health field should take it.

By Jude C N

Jun 22, 2020

This was an excellent, well delivered course. Thank you.

By Ernest K

Aug 17, 2016

Great course. I am happy that I could participate.


By Dr G K

Sep 3, 2020

Excellant presentation and crisp sharing of knowledge..

By Vinusha G

Aug 11, 2020

it was very helpful to learn Design and clinical trails


Aug 3, 2020

thank you for these lectures, it was really very useful

By anahita e

Apr 21, 2020

Presented in an engaging and easy to understand format.