FAQ

Why should I get a Certificate in Clinical Research (PHCert-CR)?

The certificate program offers an opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills in basic clinical research practices and applications.

Who is eligible for the program?

The certificate is designed for clinicians and other health professionals who have at least five years of relevant experience. Applicants with less than five years of experience must submit GRE scores. Please contact the program if you have questions about your specific eligibility.

How long does the program take?

The PHCert-CR must be completed within four years of matriculation. It can be completed in two years by taking one course per term. Due to sequencing issues, it takes a minimum of 3 terms (including one summer term) to complete.

Can I transfer credits from the certificate to a degree program at the School of Public Health?

If you apply for and are accepted to an MPH program, with the MPH director’s approval, your certificate credits can move with you into that program. Please note that the certificate program is not meant to be an entry point into the Clinical Research M.S. and the programs have significant differences.

Can I transfer credits into the certificate program?

The School of Public Health has policies in place governing transfer credit. If you wish to apply credits you have earned as a non-degree seeking student, from another institution, or from another degree program at the University of Minnesota, please contact the program staff for detailed information.  Credits may only be transferred if they appear on a graduate level transcript, were taken within the last 5 years, and have a grade of B- or better. In most circumstances, you can transfer in only up to 40% of your program credits (which translates into approximately 6 credits) that were taken prior to formal admission to the certificate. Some exceptions apply. Certificates are not awarded retroactively.

What if I’m already a student in the School of Public Health? Do I still need to apply?

Yes. All prospective students, regardless of their current status in the School of Public Health,  must apply and be admitted to the program before completing all program requirements if they wish to earn a certificate. Certificates are not awarded retroactively.

How must does the certificate cost?

The School of Public Health charges tuition on a per credit basis. Currently (2015-2016) the tuition rate is $910 per credit. At this rate, the whole certificate will cost approximately $15,000, including tuition, fees, and books.

Are scholarships available?

There are no current scholarship opportunities within the School of Public Health. Most students in the program finance their education through their employer’s education benefits, outside scholarships, and personal resources. Federal financial aid is not available.

Once my application is complete, how soon can I expect to hear from the School of Public Health?

It can take the admission committee two to four weeks to review your application. You will hear from the School of Public Health via email.

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