Clinical research is a branch of medical science that determines the safety and effectiveness of drugs, devices, diagnostic products, and treatment regimens intended for human use. It is also concerned with investigating the influence of population and biological diversity as well as disease states on responses to treatment. The results of clinical research studies (especially clinical trials) are essential for gaining approval for marketing new drugs and devices or new indications of existing products from regulatory agencies throughout the world.
The term clinical research embraces all research that is conducted in humans, to provide clinicians with evidence-based information to help them determine the best treatment options for their patients. In this manner, individuals involved in clinical research help provide clinicians with critical results that have a direct impact on their patients’ well-being.
This novel program, developed through the efforts of Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (CPHS), provides students with the didactic and experiential training necessary for the development of careers as clinical monitors or coordinators to work in contract research organizations (CROs), pharmaceutical companies, or academia.
The objective of the major is to prepare students for distinguished careers in clinical research. Graduates of this program are expected to play a wide variety of roles in the clinical research and drug development process. Clinical research has emerged as a multidisciplinary enterprise that requires a highly trained team of clinical investigators serving a variety of functions.
Students complete a semester-long internship during their final semester, providing hands-on experience and preparation for a career in clinical research. The growing demand for high-quality clinical monitors and coordinators suggests students from this program will receive excellent employment opportunities immediately following graduation.