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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

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.

Jun 4, 2020

I would highly recommend this course as I found it well-structured and helpful. After studying all the materials, I gained a great amount of knowledge in designing and interpretating clinical trail.

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By Paula C L

Feb 8, 2019

Excelente curso muy practico!

By Noor e m

Nov 20, 2016

simple, easy and to the point

By Melody R

Sep 16, 2016

Great course and instructors!

By Renata C N

Mar 31, 2021

Great course! Very engaging.

By Alaa m

Apr 1, 2018

excellent very useful course

By Anderson Q

Feb 12, 2021

excellent corse! thank you!

By Lilian C

Nov 27, 2020

A life changing experience.

By Manasvi G

May 4, 2020

Really it is a great course

By Laurence L

Jan 14, 2020

Synthetic and user-friendly

By JoonHo L

Apr 8, 2018

Good. easy, and informative

By Aya G

Jun 24, 2021

​very comprehensive course


Jan 8, 2021

Cours très complet, merci!

By Santiago G

May 16, 2020

Thorough and comprehensive

By Faisal A R A s

Dec 31, 2020

systematic and organized

By Rafael M - P

Feb 21, 2020

Awesome and clarifying.

By Mostafa R

May 28, 2020

Very informative course

By Zhanwu C

Aug 23, 2018

This is a great course!

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 Thi K T

Jun 3, 2021

g​reat course content

By Yu C L

Sep 5, 2019



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