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Department: International Health
Term: 4th term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Karen Charron
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructors:

Provides students with background and tools needed to implement Phase I and II clinical vaccine trials in a healthy population according to the standards of Good Clinical Practice (GCP). Addresses both FDA Code of Federal Regulations and ICH GCP Guidelines needed for domestic and international clinical trials. Includes the following topics: review of vaccine history and types; discussion of phases of vaccine trials; development and implementation of a vaccine protocol; GCP guidelines; roles and responsibilities of the investigator and designees; ethical review committees and sponsors; budget development; product management; human subjects protection; and data collection and management, recruitment, community outreach, and overall trial conduct.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Approach the vaccine trial process as a dynamic team effort conducted within ethical and regulatory guidelines
Identify the primary objectives of a vaccine trial and explain how they are evaluated
Describe the components required to conduct a successful clinical vaccine trial
Explain the regulatory requirements and their application in clinical vaccine trials
Identify key ethical issues in human subjects protection in clinical trials
Identify key considerations in the development of an informed consent form
Examine principles of community education and recruitment of vaccine trial volunteers
Formulate clinical vaccine protocol documents
Explain how vaccine development impacts public health
Explain and apply the practical aspects of designing and enrolling a clinical trial

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on participation and completion of individual and group projects.
Location: Internet
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses..

Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: No auditors or undergraduates.