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The ICRE prides itself on the superior quality of its degree and training programs, which are distinguished by:

  • A practical, hands-on approach to skill building
  • Short courses for working professionals
  • Top-tier faculty
  • Interdisciplinary peer networking
  • Flexible learning options
  • Competency-based curricula
  • A long-standing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Practical, Hands-on Approach

ICRE courses are designed to have immediate, pragmatic relevance to students’ professional lives. Students in our courses engage in stimulating, hands-on exercises and produce real-world work products, including research protocols, components of grants and manuscripts, presentations, data plans, training curricula, and more.

Short Courses for Working Professionals

The ICRE offers short courses (one to two months long) designed to work around clinical service, professional obligations, and family life, and focused on one topic at a time. This allows busy professionals to gain valuable competencies and achieve their academic goals.

Cutting Edge Content

The ICRE’s curriculum is continually evolving to address emerging topic areas. We have recently added an Innovation track and an Implementation Science track, and are poised to offer new courses in machine learning.

Top-tier Faculty

ICRE faculty are among the best in the University, consistently receiving high ratings for their teaching. They are skilled, experienced educators who employ adult learning principles, cutting-edge teaching techniques, and a range of educational technologies to provide rich learning opportunities for students.

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Scott Rothenberger, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine,
Associate Director for Early-Career Collaborations,
CRHC Data Center

"He went out of his way to help, mentor, and guide his students in the right direction, and his expertise, compassion, and patience are to be commended. What a wonderful professor and person!"

Interdisciplinary Peer Networking

ICRE students represent dozens of departments across the health sciences, constituting a rich peer network of accomplished, interdisciplinary scholars. Many ICRE graduates report that the best part of their ICRE experience was building strong professional relationships and collaborations with their classmates.

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Flexible Learning Options

The ICRE provides a rich array of face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses and programs, built in accordance with the learning sciences, best practices in online education, and the help of our Innovative Design for Education and Assessment (IDEA) Lab.

Dedication to Inclusive Learning

The ICRE is proud of its long-standing commitment to inclusive excellence. We have a robust and active Diversity Committee and are actively engaged in ensuring that our courses and learning climate are anti-racist and inclusive of all learners.

Competency-Based Education

The ICRE has identified a set of specific competencies we expect learners to have upon completion of their studies. In the Master of Science in Clinical Research Program, these competencies are reviewed midway through, via the Comprehensive Competency Review.

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Institute for Clinical Research Education
200 Meyran Avenue, Suite 300
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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