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Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR)
The NIH Clinical Center's Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR) course trains registrants on how to effectively and safely conduct clinical research. The course focuses on the spectrum of clinical research and the research process by highlighting biostatistical and epidemiologic methods, study design, protocol preparation, patient monitoring, quality assurance, ethical and legal issues, and much more. This course will be of interest to physicians, scientists, medical and dental students, nurses, public health professionals, and others conducting or planning a career in clinical research.
|Registration (Participants and Remote Sites)||August 28-December 29, 2017|
|Course||September 18, 2017-June 30, 2018|
|Final Examination||February 5-June 30, 2018|
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.
The course consists of approximately 40 lectures, ranging from 30-120 minutes each. The course syllabus, videos, handouts, and other course material will be posted to the Registered Participant Site.
Although not required, each registered participant is expected to take the online final exam, which consists of 75-85 multiple choice questions. Participants are permitted to use lecture handouts, videos, and the course textbook during the final exam. There are no retakes.
An electronic Certificate of Completion is awarded to each registered participant who achieves a score of 75% or higher on the final exam.
There is no academic credit or continuing medical education (CME) credit offered for this course.
Provide an overview of basic biostatistical and epidemiologic methods involved in conducting clinical research.
Describe the principles involved in the ethical, legal, and regulatory issues in clinical human subjects research, including the role of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs).
Describe principles and issues involved in monitoring patient-oriented research.
Describe the infrastructure required in performing clinical research and the steps involved in developing and funding research studies.
Only registered participants are allowed to take the final exam and receive a certificate of completion. However, if you are not an NIH employee or affiliated with a registered remote site, you can view the archived course lectures using the IPPCR archive website or the NIH YouTube channel. This is a good option for the individual learner and for individuals who want to focus on part but not all of the course material.
The course textbook, Principles and Practice of Clinical Research, Third Edition (2012, ISBN: 978 0-12-382167-6) is available for purchase from several online book retailers and at the NIH Building 10 FAES book store. A Fourth Edition of the textbook is expected to be available in late 2017 or early 2018.
If you have any questions or need additional information regarding the Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR) course, please email the course coordinator at: IPPCR2@mail.nih.gov or call (301) 496-9425.
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This page last updated on 04/03/2018