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Global Clinical Research: The Process from Start to Finish

Acquire a thorough understanding of the clinical trial process from the ground up. Apply this knowledge within a highly-controlled and regulated work environment.

About the Course

The University of Chicago’s eight-week Global Clinical Research: The Process from Start to Finish online program will provide participants with a complete overview of the clinical trial process, from study start-up to trial close-out. Upon completion, you will be able to apply your new knowledge and skills to thrive in a highly controlled and regulated work environment

You Will Learn To:

  • Understand the clinical trial process from study start-up to trial close-out
  • Define historical events that led to the globalized standardization of research conduct
  • Explain the purpose of the clinical trial protocol and review standards for data collection to ensure quality and integrity throughout a clinical trial
  • Describe the clinical trial process from discovery to implementation, and visualize the timeline of the process
  • Use relevant terms, concepts, and acronyms to effectively communicate with stakeholders
You Will Be Able To:
  1. Define clinical research and understand the current landscape of the industry
  2. Describe core ethical principles that ensure the rights, safety, and protection of human subjects
  3. Define the ethical principles that guide the informed consent document and process
  4. Understand the role of Data Safety Monitoring Boards (DSMB) and identify regulations that guide them
  5. Determine key factors that trigger a protocol amendment
  6. Be awarded a certificate of completion from the University of Chicago and become part of the UChicago network

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Career Outlook




The average base pay for a clinical trial associate in the US


The number of clinical studies registered globally between February and May of 2021

  • Analyst
  • Clinical Operations Director
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Clinical Research Manager
  • Clinical Trial Assistant
  • Clinical Trial Associate
  • Data Manager
  • Drug Safety Associate
  • Research Nurse

Meet Your Instructors

lauren wall
Lauren Wall, MSc
Director of Clinical Research Operations, University of Chicago Medicine Global Clinical Research: The Process from Start to Finish

Lauren Wall has more than fifteen years of experience in hematology/oncology clinical research operations spanning industry and academic healthcare. She currently oversees the clinical research operations in the hematology/oncology section at the University of Chicago. Her primary responsibilities include planning, organizing, directing, and managing daily clinical research operations for over 300 clinical trials.

Prior to taking her role in the academic setting, Wall worked at an oncology clinical research organization, where she gained clinical trial monitoring and project management experience. In addition, Wall traveled to several NCI-designated cancer centers to conduct site visit audits.

She holds an MS in clinical research administration from George Washington University. Wall has a strong passion for teaching and mentoring others about exciting career opportunities in the field of clinical research.

University of Chicago

“By directly involving students in the challenge of securing the right data and exploring potential solutions, we’re equipping them with the foundational skills required to deliver tangible results to clients.”

– Greg Green, PhD, Associate Senior Instructional Professor and Director of the MScA Program at the University of Chicago

The University of Chicago Approach to Online Learning

Our online learning programs are crafted with your specific needs in mind. Programs combine e-learning with live, interactive sessions to strengthen your skill set while maximizing your time. We couple academic theory and business knowledge with practical, real-world application. Through online learning sessions, you will have an opportunity to grow your professional network and interact with University of Chicago instructors and your classmates.

What Our Participants Say

This is one of the best courses on the fundamentals of clinical trials. One is able to perfectly understand the detailed flow of content. Everyone is friendly and prompt in replying to your queries.
Joydeep Ghatak
MIT Media Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
USA, June 2021
It is a very enriching and engaging program. The instructors provide great real-life examples of how to best implement the protocols and standards. They share comprehensive explanations of why the guidelines have been established.
Luma Mahairi
Clinical Pharmacy at Enhanced Medication Services
USA, June 2021

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