Clinical Investigation


This Distance Learning Graduate Certificate in Clinical Investigation offers students the opportunity to do graduate-level study that focuses on clinical investigation and advanced study in the field of clinical research. This coursework is designed to support the development and implementation of a clinical research education program for patient-oriented research. The curriculum will provide knowledge related to biostatistics, epidemiology, research methodology and bioethics. Students receive a graduate certificate upon completing the program.

Courses offered in the graduate certificate at or above the 6000 level may be applied toward a Master's or PhD program. The graduate certificate offers students flexibility in class scheduling and focused course work. Graduates will develop the specialized knowledge required in hospital, laboratory, industry, or university settings. It is anticipated that some students will apply for graduate Master's/PhD degrees offered by USF Health at the University of South Florida. In addition to medical residents, the certificate is also intended for students who are not yet committed to pursuing a graduate degree.

Course Location/Delivery

This 12-credit certificate is offered both online, or in traditional format at the Tampa campus.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in science, or its equivalent.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0

A personal interview may be required.

Application Process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.

In addition to your completed application form, transcripts, resume and letter of interest, you will need to submit the following documents:

  • A two to three page essay. Contact department for additional information.




12 credit hours

  • PHC 6000 - Epidemiology (3)
  • PHC 6050 - Biostatistics I (3)
  • GMS 6183 - Clinical Research Methods (3)


Students with advanced standing are required to take electives. If required, one or more electives may be chosen from those listed below as well as from courses being developed by USF Health.

  • GMS 7939 - Graduate Seminar in Neuroscience (1)
  • PHC 6930 - Public Health Seminar (1)
  • GMS 6843 - Scientific Communication (2)
  • GMS 6906 - Grantsmanship (2)
  • BCH 6888 - Special Topics - Bioinformatics (2)
  • GMS 6836 - Approach to Clinical and Behavioral Research in Adolescents: Focus on HIV (3)
  • GMS 6875- Ethical and Regulatory Issues of Clinical Research (3)
  • NGR 6135 - Ethical and Legal Policy Issues in Adv. Nursing Practice (3)
  • GMS 6905 - Grantsmanship (1)
  • GMS 6836 - Approach to Clinical and Behavioral Research in Adolescents: Focus on HIV (3)

Time Limit for Completion of Certificate

Per University Policy, all Certificates have a five year time limit; however, the approximate time to complete the Certificate is two years.

Credit toward Graduate Degree

Up to nine (9) hours, or three (3) courses of graduate certificate course credits at or above the 6000 level may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Standardized Tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


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