Clinical Research

Tutorial: From clinical data management to clinical data science: Time for a new educational model

May 12, 2023 by Stephen Sonstein

The following tutorial was recommended to the COAPCR members.

Ittenbach RF. From clinical data management to clinical data science: Time for a new educational model. Clinical and translational science. 2023.


The purpose of this article is to propose and provide a blueprint for a graduate-level curriculum in clinical data science, devoted to the measurement, acquisition, care, treatment, and inferencing of clinical research data. The curriculum presented here contains a series of five required core courses, five required research courses, and a list of potential electives. The coursework draws from but does not duplicate content from the foundational areas of biostatistics, clinical medicine, biomedical informatics, and regulatory affairs, and may be reproduced by any institution interested in and capable of offering such a program. This new curriculum in “clinical” data science will prepare students for work in academic, industry, and government research settings as well as offer a unifying knowledge base for the profession.

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Achieving Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Clinical Research

Mar 3, 2021 by Admin

The Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard (MCRT Center) published in August 2020 and revised in January 2021 the “Achieving Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Clinical Research,” a comprehensive Guidance Document and Toolkit that aims to clarify the importance of, advance the goals of, and provide practical and actionable ways to improve diverse representation of participants in clinical research.

Website is interactive and has access to the downloadable guidance document, toolkit, webinars, and book ordering information. 

Survey for Institutional Members and Students

Aug 15, 2018 by JoAnn Pfeiffer

Research: Competency Index for Clinical Research Professionals (CICRP): Measuring Competencies of CoAPCR Students

Letter to CoACPR Institutional Members

Good day. There is a team of CoAPCR institutional members who have developed a survey to measure the acquisition of competence and evaluate readiness of students or graduates of academic programs teaching clinical research from our various member institutions. The research study is entitled, "Competency Index for Clinical Research Professionals (CICRP): Measuring Competencies of CoAPCR Students".  Jared Kerr, Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington (UNCW), is serving as the study's Principal Investigator. This research study was approved by the UNCW Institutional Review Board #18-0003. Jared Kerr has been granted access to the CoAPCR institutional member email distribution list. Jared Kerr will use CoAPCR email distribution list to provide each institutional member the survey recruitment materials. The recruitment materials include an email, paper flyer, and web message. The survey is anonymous and personal identifiers of students are not collected in the survey.

We would like CoAPCR institutional members to distribute information about the study using the approved survey recruitment materials to the qualifying student population at your respective institutions. Participation by you and any students is voluntary. Potential study participants will qualify for the study if they are current students or a graduate of an academic program teaching clinical research. You should distribute the survey recruitment materials using your institution's appropriate email distribution list, bulletin board, website, or social media site.

If you do participate in distributing the survey recruitment materials to your students, please let Jared Kerr know the total number of students who qualify to receive the recruitment materials. We need to know when survey recruitment messages are sent to your students and the number of potential survey participants. The number of undeliverable recruitment messages (e.g., email) will be counted, so the total potential number of survey participants is accurate.

Any questions regarding the study or survey including any questions from potential student participants should be directed to Jared Kerr.

Open Survey of CoAPCR Institutional Members


Principal Investigator:
Jared Kerr, JD, MPH
College of Health and Human Services, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Study Co-Chairs:
Carolynn Jones, DNP, MSPH, RN
Carlton Hornung, PhD, MPH
Consortium of Academic Programs in Clinical Research (CoAPCR)

Survey Invitation to Students of Academic Programs in Clinical Research

Students or graduates of academic program teaching clinical research, please take a few minutes to complete an anonymous survey. This research study was approved by the UNCW Institutional Review Board #18-0003. Researchers need your help to measure the utility of a new competency index called the Competency Index for Clinical Research Professionals (CICRP). The CICRP aims to estimate perceptions of confidence and readiness in clinical research competencies.

Open Survey of Students

Moving from Compliance to Competency

Oct 1, 2014 by JoAnn Pfeiffer


Presentation - Harmonized Core Competencies for the Clinical Research Professional

Oct 1, 2014 by JoAnn Pfeiffer