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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. 


Register for the 2023 Essentials of Clinical Research course:


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

Sessions are held on Thursdays from 4:00PM–6:00PM during Stanford University’s winter quarter.

Faculty Director

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

Certification of Completion

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.


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