Humber’s Clinical Research graduate certificate program prepares graduates with the transferable skills needed to build successful careers in a variety of clinical trial management and research sectors. This 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 an emphasis on maintaining good clinical practice (GCP) as presented by the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH), along with the importance of data collection, analysis, recording and auditing - all to ensure 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 ways that respect the rights of clinical trial participants, while ensuring the execution of robust scientific research.
Teamwork and communication skills are reinforced throughout the program and you will acquire the necessary technological skills to assist with data management specific to the field.
You will also benefit from:
This program is not available to international applicants.
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Following two online academic semesters, students complete a three-month (450 hours) internship work placement that provides opportunities to apply and integrate theoretical knowledge and skills into real-world work settings. Internship placements are conducted in a wide range of organizations such as pharmaceutical, natural health products (NHP), medical device and biotechnology companies, as well as contract research organizations, hospitals, government agencies/departments and scientific institutions.
To progress into Semester 3, students must have successfully completed the first two semesters. During Semesters 3, students complete their learning on placement sites, and assessments are carried out by assigned supervisors at the site of placement. Humber assists students in finding their placements by working with our industry partners to identify openings. Students are responsible for finding their own work placement that is aligned with the learning outcomes of our program.
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.
The medical, pharmaceutical, and natural products industry is facing constant development. As a society focused on health and wellness much attention is being given to the development of new interventions, supplements and drugs as well as improvement of health care. The comprehensive training we provide, combined with previous degrees and work experience, make our students highly marketable.
Clinical research involves human studies where products are tested in multiple phases to assess their safety and efficacy. Clinical research is a necessary step (ethical and regulatory) in the development of new therapeutic/diagnostic products. Industry has the responsibility to follow stringent international, federal, and provincial regulations when planning and implementing preclinical and clinical studies; along with the development and manufacturing of medical products.
Clinical Research Professionals are responsible for conducting clinical trials, which includes planning, designing and monitoring clinical experimentation and later, analyzing data to draw conclusions about the treatments. Furthermore they are responsible for carrying out clinical trials in compliance with Good Clinical Practices, clinical trial protocols, international and local regulations. When working for the industry, interactions with medical personnel (nurses and physicians) and plenty of travelling is a regular part of life for a Clinical Research Professional. When employed by a clinic or hospital the Clinical Researchers are responsible for conducting studies at that facility as well as interacting with sponsoring companies regarding planning and execution of clinical trials.
The Clinical Research Advisory Committee meets once or twice per year. Members have an opportunity to contribute to curriculum development and strategic program directions. As experienced professionals from government, biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceutical, and health services industries, our advisory committee members provide valuable input into the marketing and growth of our programs.
The committee is comprised of eight external members in addition to Humber Representatives. For a list of members, please contact the Program Co-ordinator Dr. Mojgan Rezvani.
Dr. Mojgan Rezvani, Program Co-ordinator
Clinical Research, Regulatory Affairs, Biotechnology
If you are science-oriented, self-regulated, have collaborative interpersonal skills and enjoy managing and working in variety of laboratory and research settings, the Clinical Research program and a career in this field may be for you.
The Clinical Research Graduate Certificate program at Humber is designed, developed and created so that it can be delivered online with high efficiency, during the first two semesters of the program. Subsequently, theoretical learning is extensively applied through hands-on experiences during the third semester, including a 450 hours internship placement.
The fundamental skills are taught, developed, and reinforced throughout the one-year comprehensive program. Work ready graduates are developed in this program to confidently transition into the workforce.
It is our vision and mission to offer our learners the means to excel in the field of clinical research, as Clinical Research Associate (CRA) or Clinical Research Co-ordinator (CRC), by providing industry relevant professional, technical, theoretical, and hands on experience. We strive to develop work ready learners upon graduation through a collaborative partnership between students and the program. The internship component of this program, which follows two academic semesters, provides students a practical environment and offers ample opportunities to integrate theoretical learning into real industry hands-on experience. Additionally, the internship placement will provide students an opportunity to expand their professional network through interaction with peers, faculty and colleagues. It is our hope that upon graduation students will effectively and confidently transition to work force, related to their field of study.
Our graduates typically pursue careers in research settings such as pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology industries, hospitals and research institutes. Their work may help lead to the development of new treatments and therapeutic approaches to enhance quality of life.
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