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Clinical Research

Offered in collaboration with  UCI School of Medicine

In response to concerns of COVID-19, and consistent with guidance from the Chancellor's office, the Clinical Research Certificate program will provide the option of remote learning via prerecorded lectures or interactive online lectures in addition to in-person lectures. Exams will also be moved to an online format. Should students feel the need for in-person meetings with faculty, we will accommodate such meetings in a setting which will allow for appropriate social distancing. At this time, we have no plans to cancel classes and are currently accepting enrollments. As new information becomes available, we will share this with our students. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.



The Clinical Research Certificate Program developed in partnership with the UC Irvine School of Medicine, is designed to prepare medical students, academics, physicians, industry and hospital based researchers to conduct, implement and interpret clinical research at the intersection between basic science and clinical medicine. It is designed to bring diverse disciplines together to address the increasing gap between “bench” research and “bedside” application and from bedside application to improved healthcare quality.

Who Should Enroll

The Clinical Research Certificate is ideal for practicing physicians, junior faculty in clinical departments, residents, academics, industry, hospital based researchers, fellows and 4th year medical students and others who are interested in the conduct, interpretation and implementation of clinical research that translates biomedical discoveries into clinical practice, improves the delivery of high quality care and informs health care policies.

Courses within this certificate program carry full graduate course credit at UCI’s School of Medicine and most can be directly applied to the school’s MS degree in Biomedical and Translational Sciences (MS-BATS). Students will be able to concurrently enroll in these courses via Concurrent Enrollment through UCI Division of Continuing Education.

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Program Benefits

  • Acquire foundational skills and techniques to be able to collaborate successfully with colleagues in basic sciences and other disciplines in the effective conduct of high quality clinical research, and applied to a broad spectrum of clinical issues and settings
  • Develop competency in study design reflecting the breadth and complexity of clinical and translational science applications (i.e., beyond clinical trials)
  • Learn skills to facilitate critical appraisal of multidisciplinary research literature
  • Understand how to conduct and manage clinical research
  • Engage in activities that develop the skills required to lead multidisciplinary research teams
  • Understand the use of medical statistics, data analysis, and the use of data repositories
  • Develop skills in communication, problem solving, educational methods, research and management, related to a clinical translational research
  • Students are linked with mentors from more than one discipline appropriate to the students’ research interest

Course Schedule

The schedule for these courses is available at the UCI websoc website. Search for courses in the BATS department (Biomedical and Translational Science) and a list of courses in the department will be populated. If the schedule for a course is unavailable, please check again at a later date as the websoc site is updated by the graduate department.

Required Courses

      to be scheduled
to be scheduled      
BATS 232
BATS 232
  to be scheduled    
BATS 296
Ethics in Clinical Research (4.00 Units)
BATS 296

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full program.

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Academic Calendar

Event Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021 Winter 2022
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Jan 21 Apr 22 Jul 15 Oct 21
Courses Begin* (week of) Mar 29 Jun 21 Sep 20 Jan 3
Courses End* (week of) Jun 7 Sep 7 Dec 13 Mar 14
Parking Permits Expire Jun 30 Sep 30 Dec 31 Mar 31
Administrative Holidays Mar 26, May 31 Jul 5, Sep 6 Nov 11, Nov 25-26, Dec 23-24, Dec 30-31 Jan 17, Feb 21

*Actual dates may vary by program.


Learn How To Earn Your CertificateCertificate Eligibility and Requirements

A Certificate is awarded upon completion of four (4) required courses, 16 units (160 hours): Introduction to Medical Statistics, Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology and Medical Decision Making, Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials, Ethics in Clinical Research with a grade of “B” or higher in each course.

To become an official candidate in the program, students pursuing the certificate must submit a Declaration of Candidacy with a non-refundable $125 application fee. Students are encouraged to declare candidacy as soon as possible, but no later than after the third course in the program. To receive the digital certificate after completing all program requirements, students must submit a Request for Certificate. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course. Students not pursuing a certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

Admission Requirements

  • 3.0 Cumulative undergraduate GPA
  • Undergraduate degree (4 years minimum)
  • Original transcripts from all institutions attended
  • If undergraduate degree was earned at an institution where English is not the primary language of instruction, a TOEFL exam with a score of 100 is required

How to Enroll

Students who are not matriculating students in the UCI MS-BATS Degree Program should apply to the UCI Clinical Research Certificate Program administrated by UCI Division of Continuing Education via the Concurrent Enrollment program.*

For the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters:
Students should obtain the Concurrent Enrollment Form and complete sections 1, 2, and 5. Once these sections have been completed, submit the form to address below.

Postal Mail
UCI Division of Continuing Education
Student Affairs and Student Services
P.O. Box 6050
Irvine, CA 92616-6050

Once your completed form is received, you will be contacted by a representative from UCI Division of Continuing Education for submission of supplementary documents. Completed forms are not accepted via email, please submit via fax or postal mail. Please submit original forms only (photocopies will not be accepted).

For the Summer quarter:
Students should enroll through UCI Summer Session.


Dates & Deadlines

The following are the enrollment start & end dates for each quarter:

Fall Quarter

  • Enrollment period for new students: 7/26/21 – 9/6/21
  • Enrollment deadline for returning students: 9/13/21
  • Courses begin the week of September 9/27/21

*Note to new students: Enrollment forms and supplementary documents will only be accepted during the enrollment periods for each quarter.

Advisory Committee

  • Ralph V. Clayman, M.D., Professor, Department of Urology, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
  • Paul Curry, M.D., Past Chief of Staff, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian; Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Alan Goldin, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
  • Sheldon Greenfield, M.D., Donald Bren Professor of Medicine, Executive Director, Center for Health Policy Research, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
  • Zeev Kain, M.D., Associate Dean for Clinical Research Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
  • Sherrie H. Kaplan, Ph.D., MPH, Professor of Medicine, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Healthcare, Evaluation and Measurement, Executive Co-Director, Health Policy Research Institute, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
  • Scott Whitcup, M.D., Executive Vice President, Head R & D & Chief Scientific Officer, Allergan

On-site Training Available

Our Corporate Training specialists can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization’s specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.