Online Graduate Certificate Program

Important Dates – for information regarding registration and start dates for distance courses, please see here.

Getting Started:  Requirements for this non-Degree program include an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution and a completed application.


Boston University Online programs are filled with activities, animations, and simulations to ensure that students get the most out of their experience. Students participate actively in each course through a variety of means, including online discussions, quizzes, and assignments.


Versatility is a key feature of Boston University Online courses and programs. Online course materials are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, from any location. Which means that students can learn where and when it works best—for them. Each student determines which hours are best for studying, attending lectures, and completing assignments. Though students must complete course requirements within an established time frame, the actual hours spent meeting those requirements are mostly at the convenience of each individual.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the ability to design a clinical research protocol.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to read and critique the clinical research literature.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to interpret and apply the research regulations, and practices that guide good clinical practice in clinical research.

The certificate program consists of four online courses that explore:

GMS CI 675 OL     Designing Clinical Research Studies – Fall Semester

This course covers important scientific and epidemiologic principles necessary for designing clinical research studies.  Topics include bias, confounding, developing the research question, defining an appropriate study population, choosing outcome measures, clinical research ethics and regulation, and statistical analysis issues. [4 cr]

GMS CI 660 OL     Good Clinical Practices – Fall Semester

Introduces regulatory responsibilities of sponsors, monitors, and investigators conducting clinical trials. Practical information and exercises are designed on GCP compliance from an industrial perspective. Topics include: selecting qualified investigators; obtaining ethical approval for patients, and initiating sites successfully.   [4cr]

GMS CI 640 OL     Regulatory and Compliance Issues – Spring Semester

Explains the regulatory requirements for healthcare products, that is, drugs, biologics, diagnostics, and devices. Intended for those interested in regulatory affairs or in the clinical evaluation, development, manufacture, testing and/or commercialization of these products. Provides in-depth review of pertinent FDA regulations and guidelines and relationship to scientific and logistical activities involved in taking a product from research to market. Content and preparation of regulatory submissions, including an Investigation New Drug Application (IND), and Investigational Device Exemption (IDE), a New Drug Application (NDA), a Biologic License Application (BLA), a Pre-Market Approval Application (PMA), and a 510K Pre-Market Notification are described. International requirements for health care products are also reviewed.   [ 4 cr.]

GMS CI 789  OL    Critical Evaluation of the Medical Literature – Spring Semester

Provides students experience in reading and critically evaluating current research published in the  medical literature pertinent to the origination, design, implementation and evaluation of   clinical research.                                     

**CI 675 OL is a prerequisite for this course. [4cr]

Students have the potential to complete the non-Degree program in one academic year if they opt to take two courses in the Fall, and two courses in the Spring. Students may also opt to take just one course per semester, thus requiring two years for program completion.

For online programs, fees are as follows:

  • Cost/credit hour = $985/credit hour = $3940/course
  • Technology fee = $ 60/credit = $ 240/course
  • Student Services fee = $ 60
  • Total cost per course = $4240/course

Questions??  If you have any questions about the Online Graduate Certificate program, please contact the Program Director, Stacey Hess Pino at