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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 Eman A

Jul 28, 2016

thanks alot for teaching us this great course

By Sharie C

Jun 22, 2020

Clear explanation all throughout the course!

By Jitendra S

Apr 23, 2020

Best course to know more about Key Points of

By Amit G

Feb 5, 2021

One of the best courses offered by Coursera

By Sathish S

Dec 30, 2020

One good and best course on clinical trials

By sharvari a s

Nov 7, 2017

Loved the course, super helpful! Thank you.

By Ricardo A M O

Aug 6, 2017

A very good course. I highly recommend it!

By Sanjaya C

Apr 22, 2018

Very informative course for the beginners

By Mindaugas Z

Nov 7, 2020

Simple course but very good for beginers

By Daniela H

Sep 29, 2020

Muy clara la información. Muy buen curso


Aug 12, 2020

Very Informative and Interesting Course.

By TarakaRamarao. C

Jul 30, 2020

Excellent course for practice clinically

By Ranganathan P

Jun 8, 2019

Excellent course, as usual from Stanford

By محمد ط م خ

Nov 8, 2016

well designed course and fair evaluation

By Emese B

Jun 1, 2016

Informative course also for clinicians!

By Svitlana K

Jun 16, 2021

Excellent Course! Thank you very much!

By Dr. S T

Nov 22, 2020

nice and effective learning plate form


Nov 21, 2020

Very Good introduction for a beginner.

By Herve M

Jul 13, 2020

I learned a lot about clinical trials!

By Vanessa P A

Jan 28, 2020

Amazing content, beautifuly explained.

By Emilio C S J

Mar 20, 2021

I was very satisfied with the course.

By Peter P

Feb 7, 2021

Excellent course! Highly recommended!

By Zhi M

Feb 1, 2021

Very good course, strongly recommend!

By Petre M

Mar 21, 2019

Useful and interesting course for me.

By Ralph T

Oct 20, 2017

The course was engaging and on topic.