Clinical Research Certificate

The Clinical Research Certificate provides training in research methods for faculty members, postgraduate residents, international fellows and community-based health care professionals who want to improve their knowledge and skills in research methodology and quality improvement.

Completion of the certificate will significantly enhance your ability to understand, effectively use, engage in and collaborate in research. It is not intended as a substitute for a research-based graduate degree, nor is it intended to lead to independent research projects (i.e., to take on a Principal Investigator role on large projects).

Program Objectives

After completing this certificate program, students will be better able to:

  • Construct meaningful research questions applicable to primary care research
  • Compare and describe qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
  • Design and contrast quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis procedures
  • Appraise and critique data reported in the literature from research studies
  • Identify, discuss and complete a grant proposal for submission to a research ethics board

Target Audience

Clinicians seeking greater expertise and confidence in the use of research in their practice

Applicants must be health care professionals licensed and in active practice in their country of primary residence.

As of 2021 term admission cycles, we will be considering applications from Internationally-trained Family Physicians or General Practitioners who are citizens or permanent residents of Canada and intending to re-position their careers with a research focus.

Program Length

This 4-module program can be completed within 8-12 months up to a maximum of 24 months.


A Departmental Certificate of Completion will be issued by the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, to participants who satisfactorily complete the program.

Learners are evaluated on each component on a pass / fail basis. There is no terminal examination or thesis. All components must be passed.

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Program Requirements

Required Course

Choose one(1) of:

  • FD05: Research Issues in Family Medicine and Primary Care
  • FD01: Appraising and Applying Evidence to Assist Clinical Decision-Making (online course)

Required Practicum

The practicum provides an opportunity for reflective hands-on practice of knowledge and skills in clinical research.

  • FD91: Clinical Research Practicum

Two Elective Courses

The elective courses allow students to learn more about a relevant topic of clinical research.

Choose two from the following list:

  • FD01: Appraising and Applying Evidence to Assist Clinical Decision-Making (online course)
  • FD05: Research Issues in Family Medicine and Primary Care
  • FD13: Leading Improvement in the Quality of Health Care for Community Populations
  • FD16: Applied Survey Methods for Health Care Professionals
  • FD18: Family Medicine and Interprofessional Primary Care in the Global Health Context
  • FD23: Practical Management Concepts and Cases in Leading Small Health Organizations

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