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Essentials of Clinical Research Course

The Essentials of Clinical Research course is designed for Stanford and CTSA-affiliated faculty and staff engaged in clinical research and consists of 10 sessions. 


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This course provides an overview of basic principles of clinical research design, including biostatistics; study design and interpretation of diagnostic and predictive test studies; and required and desired elements of clinical trial protocols. Participants will be introduced to the regulatory aspects of clinical research conduct and oversight, Good Clinical Practice (GCP) principles, and ethical dimensions of clinical research.

Course Details

The On-Demand Essentials of Clinical Research will be available starting May 6, 2024. These are the recorded seminars from Jan – Mar 2024. This information is for learning purposes only. An evaluation is requested at the end of the course. Presentations and resources are available. A certificate will not be issued.

Registration open for the 2024 Essentials of Clinical Research The course will be held in person with zoom option for our out-of-state participants. Note, the course takes place from 4:00 – 6:00p pacific time. While the course is recorded for course participant viewing, participants should plan to attend the LIVE sessions. Enrolled participants may be dropped from the course if there are more than 3 absences. Please complete the knowledge tests and evaluations within the allotted time frame to receive a course completion certificate, and CME credit, if offered. Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit is applicable towards clinician and nurse license renewals. 

Faculty Director

Steve Goodman, MD, MHS, PhD
Professor (Epidemiology and Population Health)
Associate Dean of Clinical and Translational Research

Certification of Completion (Live Course)

A Certificate of Completion is available to those who meet the following requirements:

  • Attend a minimum of 8 sessions
  • Complete a minimum of 8 session evaluations
  • Take post-course knowledge assessment

Sessions are taught by Stanford faculty and staff who are experts in the field of clinical research.

Upon course completion, attendees will have an understanding of how to:

  • Design and analyze clinical research protocols.
  • Comply with “Good Clinical Practice” guidelines for study conduct, data management, and relevant regulations.
  • Apply the principles and practices underlying ethical and reproducible research.


If you have any questions, please contact Research Office Training 


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