NIH Registered Training 


This course is an online lecture series covering the fundamentals of clinical pharmacology as a translational scientific discipline focused on rational drug development and utilization in therapeutics. The course focuses on the following core principles of pharmacology: pharmacokinetics; drug metabolism and transport; drug therapy in special populations; assessment of drug effects; drug discovery and development; pharmacogenomics and pharmacotherapy.

Course Objectives

  • Provide an in-depth look at drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion.

  • Describe the impact of age, pregnancy, and disease on pharmacokinetics.

  • Describe the basic principles in the assessment of drug effects.¬†

  • Describe the process of drug discovery and development.

  • Provide an overview of clinical pharmacotherapy including pharmacogenomics and medication safety.

Intended Audience

This course will be of interest to graduate students, posts-doctoral scholars, medical and pharmacy students, scientists, and health professionals interested in expanding their pharmacology knowledge base.


The NIH Clinical Center's Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR) course trains registrants on how to effectively and safely conduct clinical research. The course focuses on the spectrum of clinical research and the research process by highlighting biostatistical and epidemiologic methods, study design, protocol preparation, patient monitoring, quality assurance, ethical and legal issues, and much more.

Course Objectives

  • Provide an overview of basic biostatistical and epidemiologic methods involved in conducting clinical research.

  • Describe the principles involved in the ethical, legal, and regulatory issues in clinical human subjects research, including the role of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs).

  • Describe principles and issues involved in monitoring patient-oriented research.

  • Describe the infrastructure required in performing clinical research and the steps involved in developing and funding research studies.

Intended Audience

This course will be of interest to physicians, scientists, medical and dental students, nurses, public health professionals, and others conducting or planning a career in clinical research.