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Clinical trials are an essential tool for establishing the safety and efficacy of medical treatments and are integral to evidence-based medicine and the regulation of therapeutic goods. Understanding how to interpret clinical evidence is important for a range of professions in pharmaceutical, clinical practice and health research and policy fields.
In this course, participants will learn to identify different trial designs along with their advantages and limitations and develop skills in the interpretation of evidence from clinical trials. They will also learn how this evidence is used for drug development, clinical care and the approval of therapeutic goods.
The following content will be covered during the course:
This microcredential aligns with the 2-credit point subject in one of the following postgraduate offerings: Master of Science (C04241) or Master of Medical Biotechnology (C04390). This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions.
Anyone with an interest in the clinical trials sector would benefit from this course, and in particular, science and medical graduates, medical researchers and allied health professionals who wish to learn more about the clinical trials process and how the evidence from clinical trials is implemented.
The learning objectives for this course are:
This course incorporates a range of teaching and learning strategies, including live presentations, discussions, case studies and group activities. Online workshops are scheduled throughout the four-week teaching period for participants to interact with instructors and peers.
Participants must achieve 50% or more of total marks overall.
Recommended background in Health or Science.
All materials will be provided online.
Access to a computer and reliable internet.
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