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Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research curriculum of 15 credits includes courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, health services research , and SAS statistical analysis computing. Courses are offered  on weekday evenings, enabling the student to continue work activity and engage in clinical and health services research coursework.  The course sequence begins each fall semester.  Completion of the certificate is excellent preparation for continuing in the Master of Science in Public Health Sciences (MS PHS) degree.

All certificate candidates are considered non-degree students.  Up to 15 Penn State course credits acquired as a non-degree certificate candidate may be applied toward fulfillment of graduate degree requirements.  Please review the requirements for non-degree students.

Admission Requirements:

For admission to the certificate program, an applicant must hold either:
(1) a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution, or
(2) a postsecondary degree that is equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree earned from an officially recognized degree-granting international institution.

International applicants must have a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree.  This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.  Additionally, all international applicants must meet the Graduate School’s English proficiency requirements.

To apply for the Clinical Research certificate:

Complete the application and submit materials online to the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research at the Hershey campus via the Penn State Graduate School Admissions Portal:

  • One official transcript from all colleges/universities who granted a degree
  • One letter of recommendation

Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2016, for the Fall 2016 semester.




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