The field of clinical and translational research is expanding, driven by changing disease patterns and emerging therapeutic approaches from the laboratory, clinical, and population sciences.
However, there are growing concerns about the quality and safety of research in humans, as evidenced by public scandals and increasing regulations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The result is an increasing demand for well-trained individuals who bring knowledge to the design, implementation and interpretation of clinical research studies.
The need and demand reaches beyond Minnesota. The epidemiologic transition, which posits increasing numbers of chronic diseases throughout the developing world, expands the need for testing innovative and appropriate therapies.
The Clinical Research Certificate also provides an opportunity for health professionals outside of the U.S., especially South Africa and other developing countries, to receive proper training in clinical research methods as requested by the NIH.
The goal of the certificate is to increase the research skills of clinical research professionals in the U.S. and those overseas and to provide relevant, distance-accessible education programming.