Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research

The Department of Quantitative Health Sciences (DQHS) will be offering a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research beginning Fall 2021. The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research is ideal for gap-year students, medical trainees, physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, and other health professionals with an interest in developing their skills for collaborative research. Students will gain knowledge of clinical research and trial design, clinical research protocol development, ethical conduct of clinical research, and the skill of statistical data analysis.

Students will be able to complete the required courses at their own pace if enrolled part-time or within 2 semesters if enrolled full-time. The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research enrolls for the Fall semester only. In Fall 2021, courses will be offered online and dual-listed under the University of Hawaiʻ i at Mānoa Outreach College.

Certificate Admissions Eligibility

Applicants need to possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or an equivalent degree from a recognized non-U.S. institution of higher education. Undergraduate-level course requirements include at least one semester of biology and one semester of algebra.

How to Apply

To apply for the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research, please visit the University of Hawaiʻ i at Mānoa Graduate Division website to fill out an online application:

Please include the following documents with your application:

  • Resume, curriculum vitae, or evidence of professional experience
  • Personal statement to show commitment, goals, and interests
  • At least 2 letters of professional references from individuals who can comment on the quality of the applicant’s educational or work experiences, ability to pursue graduate studies, and character

Certificate Required Core Courses

Students pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research need to complete the following courses:

  • QHS 600 – Biostatistics Concepts for Clinical Researchers (3 credits) or QHS 601 – Fundamentals of Biostatistics (3 credits)
  • BIOM 640 – Introduction to Clinical Research (3 credits)
  • BIOM 660 – Mentored Capstone Research Practicum (2 credits)

Certificate Electives

In addition to the 8 credits of required core courses, 7 credits of elective courses need to be completed.

Suggested elective courses include the following:

Offered in the Fall semester only:

  • BIOM 641 – Legal and Regulatory Issues and Bioethics (2 credits)
  • QHS 605 – Data Management and Visualization for Health Sciences (3 credits)
  • QHS 610 – Bioinformatics I (3 credits)

Offered in the Spring semester only:

  • BIOM 645 – Clinical Protocol Development (3 credits)
  • BIOM 647 – Cultural Competence in Biomedical Research (3 credits)
  • QHS 602 – Generalized Linear Models (3 credits)
  • QHS 611 – Bioinformatics II (3 credits)
  • QHS 620 – Introduction to Clinical Trials (2 credits)
  • QHS 621 – Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials (2 credits)
  • QHS 650 – Secondary Data Analysis (3 credits)

May be offered in the Fall or Spring semesters:

  • QHS 670 – Special Topics in Quantitative Health Sciences (1-4 credits)

Please see the Clinical and Translational Research Graduate Student Handbook and UH Mānoa Catalog for additional and updated course listings.


Resident and Nonresident tuition: $650 per credit

Application Deadline for Fall 2021: July 15

Last updated: 04/30/2021


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