ATCR is a four academic quarter program intended for graduate and professional students, clinical residents, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty members who desire rigorous training in the methods and conduct of clinical research, which is defined broadly as any research where individual human beings or groups of human beings are the unit of observation. This includes instruction in the epidemiologic and biostatistical methods used in observational or experimental patient-oriented, translational epidemiologic, comparative effectiveness, behavioral, outcomes, or health services reseach. In addition to required coursework, scholars are expected to develop and implement their own research projects throughout the year and will have access to TICR faculty for methodologic guidance. Trainees achieving program objectives are granted a Certificate of Program Completion.
The ATCR Certificate Program can either be taken as a stand-alone educational program or as a stepping stone to more advanced degree programs such as the UCSF Master's Degree Program in Clinical Research or Ph.D. Program in Epidemiology and Translational Science.