Methods in Clinical Research, Pharmacoepidemiology and in the Assessment of the Efficacy of Medicines

Practical Information

Commencing Date:
World Wide (Distance Learning)

Teaching Methodology:
Distance Learning
Credits :
Short courses (CPD): 3 ECTS credits

European Fees:
3000 EUR
Scholarship Possibilities:

Course Contact

Eu2P Office

+ (33) 5 57 57 92 57


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University Accreditation: Yes

PharmaTrain Centre


Objectives: To develop a robust knowledge and familiarity with the methods used in clinical research and pharmacoepidemiology to evaluate the efficacy and effectiveness of medicines and therapeutic interventions. To develop a robust knowledge and familiarity with the methods used in randomised clinical trials. To analyse and discuss ethical and legal issues in clinical research and randomised clinical trials. To understand principles of synthesizing scientific data through systematic review and meta-analysis of clinical trials. To acquire a specialised and robust knowledge of specialized requisites in the design and interpretation of clinical trials in specific areas Topics covered: Scientific methods and causality. Statistical and methodological issues for the design and analysis of clinical trials. Ethical issues in the development of clinical research and clinical trials. Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised clinical trials. Other methods for the evaluation of the effectiveness of medicines and therapeutic interventions.

IMI Standards

  • A predefined set of teaching objectives, leading to defined learning outcomes
  • Assessment of the students' achievement in accordance with the agreed learning outcomes of the training offered
  • A system for collecting, assessing and addressing feedback from learners, teachers, technical / administrative staff and programme / course / module managers
  • Availability of appropriate and regularly reviewed reference material (e.g. published articles, links, book chapters, scripts, etc)
  • Defined and transparent admission criteria
  • Quality assurance of teaching staff
  • Regular review of the QA/QC process and demonstration that the training is further developed in light of this review
  • The facilities, infrastructure, leadership and competences available for the support of student learning
  • University accreditation OR a system for approving, monitoring and reviewing the training offered