2014/15 Program

Clinical Research

Our Program

Humber’s Clinical Research Ontario graduate certificate program prepares graduates for employment in managing and administering clinical trials, both in Canada and around the world. In just three semesters, gain the skills and strategies needed to work for hospitals, research industries, government agencies, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and more.

Many Humber Clinical Research faculty work for large biopharmaceutical companies in Toronto or have strong connections to government and industry, so students learn relevant content and can use these connections when applying for jobs. The program covers international guidelines, with a balanced em­phasis on Canadian, U.S. and European regulations and processes.

Courses include the drug development process; regulations, guidelines and standards; research methodology and biostatistics; clinical trial organization, monitoring and documentation; and project management.

A work placement provides experience and industry contacts. The Clinical Research program is also offered part time without the work placement component.

“I chose to study Clinical Research because there are good career prospects in this field. I selected Humber because I know people who work in the industry, and they all said that Humber is the best school at which to study Clinical Research. Plus, Humber offers a long work placement, so I get important experience.”

Brittany, student 

Your Career

Graduates of Humber’s Clinical Research certificate work on the design, administration and management of clinical trials, which take place in Canada and internationally. These trials test the safety and efficacy of medications, medical devices and other health products in order to safely introduce them to the market.

Graduates work for organizations and companies in Toronto and throughout North ­America, including companies such as Apo­Pharma, Pharma Medica Research, Bayer, Health Canada, Janssen, The Hospital for Sick Children, Princess Margaret Hospital, Sanofi, University Health Network and others.


Based on experience, graduates can work as a:

  • clinical research associate (CRA)
  • clinical research co-ordinator (CRC)
  • monitor
  • medical writer
  • pharmacovigilance specialist
  • clinical project management assistant
Work Placement

A three-month placement provides students with an opportunity to apply and integrate gained knowledge and skills in a real-world work setting. Most placements are in the following sectors: pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device organizations, government agencies and hospitals.

Admission Requirements
  • A Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Health Science, Pharmacy, some areas in Life Sciences or a related field. Internationally educated individuals must have the equivalent of a Canadian Bach­elor of Science degree. Degrees completed outside of Canada must be evaluated by one of the following: International Credential Assessment Service or World Education Service
  • Testing in English writing skills and reading comprehension
  • Additionally, applicants must submit a detailed resumé describing their background (academic and experience) and cover letter outlining their understanding of the field of clinical research and what they would bring to the field
  • Applicants are ranked based on the testing results and the best qualified are invited in for an interview/information session where the final selection is made for admission into the program

Note: For more information, refer to Selection Procedures.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.


The 2014/2015 fee for three semesters is

  • domestic $6,970.59
  • international $21,312.50.

Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first three semesters of the 2014/2015 academic year. Fees are subject to change. For further information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.


Semester 1

Course Code Course Name
CLIN 5200 Introduction to Clinical Research
CLIN 5210 ICH and Legislation Governing Clinical Research
CLIN 5220 Interpersonal Skills
CLIN 5230 Clinical Laboratory Procedures
CLIN 5240 Pharmacology
CLIN 5250 Physiology and Pathophysiology

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name
CLIN 5300 Non-drug Products
CLIN 5310 Organization and Monitoring of Clinicals Trials
CLIN 5320 Data Management and Biostatistics
CLIN 5330 Clinical Trials and Therapeutic Areas
CLIN 5340 Clinical Project Management
CLIN 5350 Clinical Documentation

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name
CLIN 5400 Internship
CLIN 5410 Integrative Seminar