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Graduate Certificate in Clinical Investigation Boston University School of Medicine
Division of Graduate Medical Sciences


Clinical investigation is the fastest growing discipline in the burgeoning medical device and pharmaceutical industries. Keeping pace with the ever-increasing body of knowledge and new regulatory procedures generated by advances in clinical research is critical to career success.

The Boston University Online Graduate Certificate in Clinical Investigation—designed and offered by the Boston University School of Medicine—is an opportunity for clinical researchers, health professionals, and those interested in clinical research to gain an in-depth understanding of the scientific fundamentals of human research.  Courses in the curriculum provide an in-depth look at a number of the key elements in clinical investigation, including: trial design and conduct, clinical research regulations, good clinical practices of research, and the critical evaluation of clinical research in the medical literature.

The certificate program consists of four online courses that explore:

  • Designing Clinical Research Studies Fall Semester
  • Good Clinical Practices Fall Semester
  • Regulatory Issues Spring Semester
  • Critical Evaluation of the Medical Literature Spring Semester

Upon completion, students will have developed essential skills and understanding involving the elements and importance of good clinical research design, implementation and practices. Clinical and health professionals of all varieties—including physicians, research nurses study coordinators, managers in clinical research and site management, and professionals in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries, as well as CRO and SMO organizations—will benefit from this opportunity to:

  • Earn a graduate certificate from Boston University’s School of Medicine, a leading research institution.
  • Complete a valuable professional credential in just four full semesters of study.
  • Apply a portion of the credits earned toward a Master of Arts in Clinical Investigation (MACI).
    (Note: The MACI program is comprised of campus-based courses and is not available in an online format).
  • Increase skills and knowledge in clinical investigation.
  • Qualify to sit for the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) Clinical Research Coordinator exam

Getting Started: Students may apply to begin at any time. Requirements for the program include an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution and a completed application form