The master’s degree in Clinical Research helps students meet the demand for well-qualified clinical researchers in academia and industry. This critical need for individuals who are able to conduct credible patient-based research within stringent ethical and regulatory guidelines continues to grow. Current estimates point to the need for more than 50,000 qualified clinical investigators for industry-sponsored drug development in the United States alone. Furthermore, San Diego is one of the most advanced centers in the world for biotechnology and clinical research.
- Ideally suited for working professionals in the early to mid-stage of their careers.
- Features an interactive classroom environment where faculty help students apply knowledge gained in the course to current situations and challenges in their own research.
- Broad-based curriculum covers the principles of epidemiology, bio-statistics, patient-oriented research, health services/outcomes research, applied quantitative analysis, and professional development seminars for clinical researchers.
- High-level clinical research project in the student’s final term.
The degree requires 40 quarter units of study that can be completed in 12, 18, or 24 months. Students are admitted to the program with a summer quarter start (July).
Courses are taught at the UCSD Extension building at University City Center. Please visit their site for maps and transportation information.
New! Clinical Research students now have the option to earn a Concentration in Translational Science within the degree!
Increasingly, careers in clinical research demand that professionals have a solid understanding of translational research principles applied to the discovery and development of biomedical products.
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