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Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research

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The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research (GCERT-CR) 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.

The GCERT-CR is a fully online program, which accommodates the needs and time constraints of the busy professional learners.

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. Courses will be offered online and dual- listed under the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Outreach College. Through the Outreach College, students have the flexibility to take individual courses without enrolling into a graduate degree program right away.

Credits earned through the GCERT-CR can be transferred to the Master of Science in Quantitative Health and Clinical Research if a student opts to pursue a MS degree.

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 Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Graduate Division website to fill out an online application: UH Mānoa Graduate Division Clinical Research 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
  • Post-secondary institution transcripts
  • 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 GCERT-CR 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. Please check the UH Mānoa Class Availability website for available
courses each semester.

Suggested elective courses include the following:

  • BIOM 615 – Introduction to Clinical Nutrition (3 credits)
  • BIOM 641 – Legal and Regulatory Issues and Bioethics (2 credits)
  • BIOM 644 – Translational Research Methods (2 credits)
  • BIOM 647 – Cultural Competence in Biomedical Research (3 credits)
  • QHS 602 – Generalized Linear Models (3 credits)
  • QHS 605 – Data Management and Visualization for Health Sciences (3 credits)
  • QHS 610 – Bioinformatics I (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)
  • QHS 670 – Special Topics – Machine Learning for Data Science (2 credits)
  • QHS 670 – Special Topics – Literature Review and Clinical Writing (3 credits)
  • QHS 670 – Special Topics in Quantitative Health Sciences (1-4 credits)

Please see the UH Mānoa Catalog for additional and updated course listings.


GCERT-CR Academic Advising and Capstone Project Requirement

  • Initial Conference with Graduate Program Administrator
    • Discuss courses and identify permanent advisor. If you select an advisor from outside the program, you still need to identify a co-advisor from within the graduate program
  • During the first or second week of the first semester meet with permanent advisor and start planning your required mentored research project (Capstone Project).
    • Three potential options:
      • Literature review on a topic of your interest in clinical research
      • Data analysis project
      • Project guided by an external mentor, if you already have one
  • If you plan to pursue the MSQHCR, please inform the Graduate Program Administrator or Graduate Chair (qhcr@hawaii.edubefore the start of the second semester.



Graduate Resident and Nonresident tuition: $650 per credit

Information for Students

For more information regarding academic policies, student conduct and academic integrity, and transfer credits for online courses, please visit the following website: UH Mānoa Student Information

For additional information, please reach out to the Quantitative Health and Clinical
Research graduate program at

Application Priority Deadline: March 1

Apply Now!

Last updated: 06/19/2024

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