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Clinical Research

Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Code: 07681 Length: 3 semesters

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To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in health science, pharmacy, some area in life sciences or a related field.

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

Selection Includes Secondary Requirements:

Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated and the result of the evaluation of additional secondary requirements. Secondary requirements may include a portfolio, audition, letter of intent, references, etc., and vary by program. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission.

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017OnlineClosedCheck Availability >

The 2017-2018 fee for 3 semesters is:

  • domestic: $7,368.06
  • international: N/A

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester 


Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Program Contact(s)

Mojgan Rezvani
Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 5253



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Phone 1-416-675-5067

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In order to continue with your application for Clinical Research, you must complete this step in the application process. Applicant selection is based on academic criteria and results of these secondary requirements. This document contains all the information you need to prepare and submit secondary requirements for consideration. If you have any questions, please contact Admissions.

Secondary Requirements

Applicants are required to submit a case study and attend an interview. A $50 assessment fee is required and will be payable at the time of registration for the interview.

i. Case Study

Applicants must submit a 500-750-word case study that will demonstrate their understanding of the profession.

“You are a current student in the postgraduate certificate program Clinical Research. Your neighbour has approached you regarding his wife. She has recently been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. One of the options she has been given for treatment is a new drug that she would receive by participating in a clinical trial. They are hoping you can help them make a decision and have a few questions for you.

  • What are some benefits that a person may experience by participating in a clinical trial?
  • What are some of the risks involved when participating in a clinical trial?
  • Who are some of the clinical research professionals that your neighbour would meet as part of participating in a clinical trial? What is the role of a Clinical Research Coordinator? What does a Clinical Research Associate do?
  • Why do researchers conduct clinical trials?"

ii. Interview

Applicants must attend an interview where they will be asked specific questions about their case study submission.

Submission Instructions for Case Study

Applicants must submit the case study through SlideRoom. SlideRoom is a secure site where secondary requirements are collected, scored and stored.  Log-in to SlideRoom and create your free account.  There will be additional instructions once your account has been created.

Registration Instructions for Interview

Applicants must register to attend this admissions event.  Log-in to MyHumber to register:

  1. Log-in to MyHumber
  2. Select the Applicant tab
  3. Select the Applied Programs tab
  4. Select your Year and Applicant Number from the drop-down menu, then click Submit
  5. Click on "Do I Have Any Missing Requirements"
  6. Click on "Go to Events" (located under the "Link" section, near the bottom right of the page)
  7. Choose from a list of available assessment dates and follow the prompts

Applicants must meet both academic and secondary requirements in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility does not guarantee an offer of admission.

All secondary requirements will be evaluated and a score will be calculated by the academic school.

Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail.  Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45N/A


Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45N/A


Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45N/A

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Our Program

Humber’s Clinical Research graduate certificate program focuses on developing the concepts, skills and techniques required to work in the clinical research field. You will gain knowledge and skills in the planning and management of clinical research including practices related to the organization, execution and monitoring of clinical trials. You will learn clinical trial protocol development as part of the principles and processes of clinical trial design.

There is a focus on maintaining good clinical practice (GCP), as presented by the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH), and the importance of data collection, analysis, recording, and auditing, for ensuring that clinical trial data are credible and accurate. You will become familiar with the many regulations and guidelines established to ensure trials are conducted ethically and in a way that respects the rights of clinical trial participants, while also ensuring that robust scientific research is done.

Teamwork and communication skills are emphasized throughout the program and you will acquire the necessary technological skills to assist with data management specific to the field.

Note: International applicants are not considered for the Clinical Research program.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Perform the duties of a clinical research professional, as part of a project team, at all phases of the product/treatment development and post-market processes.
  • Consider political, social, and economic factors when making decisions related to clinical research practices in order to plan responses for potentially challenging and complex outcomes.
  • Analyze clinical research processes and products from multiple perspectives to identify potential impacts on industry.
  • Synthesize scientific, regulatory, and business information from various sources to prepare effective clinical research documents.
  • Maintain ethical, legal, regulatory, and professional standards associated with clinical research.
  • Create a clinical development plan for a novel therapeutic product.
  • Evaluate clinical research practices according to recognized Quality Assurance Process.
  • Integrate effective technology and record-keeping practices within all stages of clinical research and post marketing processes to ensure compliance with research approvals and professional and ethical standards of practice.
  • Adhere to the principles and practices of specific Standard Operating Procedures to prepare and manage documentation and data in compliance with approved protocols.
  • Prepare and critique submissions for clinical trials and marketing approvals that meet regulatory and industry requirements.
  • Apply critical analysis, problem solving, and project management skills to recognize and respond to complex clinical research challenges.
  • Engage in knowledge translation to contribute to the advancement of the health care industry.
  • Collaborate with study participants, research teams, and regulatory and business professionals to contribute to high quality clinical research processes.


Work Placement

Following two online academic semesters, students complete a three-month placement that provides opportunities to apply and integrate theoretical knowledge and skills into real-world work settings. Most placements are in the following sectors: pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device organizations, government agencies and hospitals.

The Humber Advantage

Industry Recognition

Every year our program receives excellent feedback from the industry regarding the professional preparation of the graduates and the content of the program; our graduates are an important resource for the health care industry.  This is an outcome of our ongoing efforts to ensure that students have a solid science, medical, and clinical research knowledge.

An Education High Demand

The pharmaceutical industry is facing constant development. As society is aging more focus is being given to the development of new drugs and the improvement of health care. The comprehensive training we provide, combined with previous degrees and work experience, make our students highly marketable.

Clinical Trials

Clinical research involves human studies where products are tested in multiple phases to assess if they are safe and efficacious. Clinical research is a necessary step (ethical and regulatory) in the development of new therapeutic/diagnostic products.

Your Career

Our graduates typically pursue careers in the pharmaceutical, medical device, biotechnology industries or at hospitals and research institutes. Their work contributes to the development of new treatments and therapeutic approaches to disease.

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