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Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR)

General Information

  1. This course is offered at no cost. The course is conducted via an online format through recorded lectures and an online discussion board for participants to submit questions to faculty.

  2. The course consists of approximately 40 lectures, ranging from 15-90 minutes each.

  3. Although not required, each registered participant is expected to take the online final exam, which consists of 50-80 multiple choice questions. Participants are permitted to use lecture handouts, videos, and the supplementary course textbook during the final exam.

  4. An electronic Certificate of Completion is awarded to each registered participant who achieves a score of 80% or higher on the final exam.

  5. There is no academic credit or continuing medical education (CME) credit offered for this course.

Important Dates for the 2023-2024 Course Year

OCRECO Step by Step: Register, Enter Course Site, Begin Learning, Complete Final Exam, Receive Certificate

Registration September 1, 2023 – June 28, 2024 (12PM US ET)
September 1, 2023 – August 1, 2024
Final Examination September 1, 2023 – July 25, 2024 (12PM US ET)

Course Modules

View the course syllabus here [PDF, 221KB].

  • Module 1: Introduction to Clinical Research
  • Module 2: Conceptualizing the Clinical Trial Study/Protocol
  • Module 3: Protocol Review, Implementation & Monitoring
  • Module 4: Data Quality & Results Reporting
  • Module 5: Topics of Special Interest

Supplemental Materials

The course textbook, Principles and Practice of Clinical Research, Fourth Edition (2018, ISBN: 978 0-12-849905-4) is available for purchase from several online book retailers and at the NIH Building 10 FAES book store.

Copies of the textbook can be purchased through Elsevier with a 30% discount and free shipping using the discount code BIOMED30.

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