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Certificate Programs

Clinical Trials Certificate Program

Sponsored By: Department of Epidemiology

Onsite or Online | Part-Time | 1-3 years

About This Program

Clinical Trials are a key tool in the evaluation of new strategies for prevention and treatment of disease. This certificate program focuses primarily on the design and analysis of randomized clinical trials for evaluation of licensed and non-licensed medical products and other health interventions, the regulatory framework for the conduct and evaluation of data from clinical trials, and ethical principles for the conduct of clinical trials.

Educational Objectives

After completing the certificate, students will be able to:

  • Summarize the history of clinical trials and describe the role they play in evaluation of health interventions;
  • Explain the key differences, advantages and disadvantages of experimental versus observational study designs;
  • Develop a protocol, consent statement, monitoring plan and data collection plan for a clinical trial;
  • Review and critique manuscripts presenting the results of clinical trials using CONSORT guidelines; and 
  • Explain the key ethical principles regarding the design, conduct and analysis of clinical trials


Please visit our Academic Catalogue to see the full certificate curriculum requirements. Please also review the certificate completion requirements.

Admissions Requirements

Degree Students

The certificate program is open to graduate students currently enrolled in any division of the Johns Hopkins University, with the exception of MAS students, who are not eligible to apply until they have completed their primary degree program. 

Applying to the certificate program as a JHU graduate student:

Applicants who are already enrolled in graduate programs at JHU must submit a letter of interest, CV/resumé, and anticipated course schedule to the Certificate Program Contact prior to starting coursework. Because of the requirement to work with a faculty mentor to complete the program, only a limited number of students will be accepted.

Email Certificate Program Contact

Non-Degree Students

Applying to the certificate program as a non-degree student:

Applicants who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at JHU are required to apply to certificate programs using SOPHAS Express. All non-degree applicants should review the general Certificates Admissions page for instructions on how to apply to a certificate program.

English Language Proficiency Test Results

Results are required.

Prerequisites or special requirements


Application for Non-Degree Students


Information regarding the cost of tuition and fees can be found on the Bloomberg School's Certificate Programs Tuition page.

Contact Us

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Sponsoring Departments

Certificate Program Contact
Sheila Small

Faculty Sponsor
Janet Holbrook