Course Overview


The course should take on average 45 minutes to complete


A certificate is issued once a minimum of 80% is achieved in the final quiz section.


Introduction to Clinical Research is a peer reviewed and certified short course covering the basic concepts of clinical research. The course provides an introductory overview aimed at everyone involved in clinical research and focuses on the main areas of why and how clinical research is carried out, the importance of ethics in research, and an outline of the five main clinical study designs.


Upon completion of the course you will have gained an understanding of:

  1. The basic concepts of clinical research e.g. what it is, how it differs from standard care and why it is undertaken
  2. The purpose of ethics in research, what informed consent is and why it is necessary
  3. Five of the most commonly used study designs
  4. How high ethical standards, data quality and uniformity are maintained in a study


The Global Health Training Centre is built through the support and partnership of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World-Wide Antimalarial Resistance Network and the East African Consortium for Clinical Research.  


  • Mary Logan - Global Health Network Training Manager


  • Steve Wandiga - Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)/Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) - KEMRI/CDC Research and Public Health Collaboration, Kisumu, Kenya.
  • Andy Burke - CTSU, University of Oxford


This course has been funded by the WorldWide Antimalarial Resistance Network (WWARN)

Source Material:

The course content has been partly sourced from material provided by the East African Consortium for Clinical Research (EACCR)

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