CAS Clinical Research in Health Care Organisations of the University of Bern

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Clinical research is a branch of healthcare science that determines the safety and effect of medications, medical devices, diagnostic tests or procedures, and treatment regimens used in humans and patients.

In the CAS Clinical Research in Bern you’ll learn to plan and conduct clinical research projects and communicate their results. Clinical research also covers how to make prognostic assessments, to develop and validate prognostic models, and to assess how reliable diagnostic procedures or tests are in terms of, for example, sensitivity and specificity. Also covered will be how to conduct systematic reviews of multiple studies and meta-analyses of their results.

Clinical research uses epidemiological and biostatistical methods to analyze and interpret data. The CAS also covers how to use statistical software for study planning and data analysis. The ultimate aim is to draw reasonable and appropriate conclusions from clinical studies while acknowledging methodological limitations and statistical uncertainty.


Degree «Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Clinical Research in Health Care Organisations» (15 ECTS)
Next start The next cohort is expected to start in April 2025.
Duration 2 years
(8 basic modules of 3 days each, 2 elective modules of 3 days each, 1 written and  oral exam)
Location Bern
Language English
Course fees CHF 9’600.–


For this CAS, the requirement for admission is a master degree.

Exceptions to the admission requirements can be approved by the programme management “sur dossier”. In the case of persons without a university degree or professional experience, it can impose further requirements for admission to ensure that they can successfully complete the programme.

Admission to the programme is decided by the course directors at the request of the program management. There is no entitlement to admission.

Note for PhD students: Please be aware that you can either use the CAS course’s ECTS points for your PhD or acquire the CAS diploma. The course credits cannot be used to acquire both certificates (PhD and CAS) at the same time.

Make sure to note in the registration form whether you want to use course credits for your PhD, or the CAS diploma.

Course dates 2023/2024

  • 4 April 2023
  • 12 + 15 May 2023
  • 17 – 18 August + 31 August – 1 September 2023
  • 20 – 22 September 2023
  • 22 – 24 November 2023
  • 24 – 26 January and 15 – 17 + 19+ 26 April 2024
  • 5 – 7 June 2024
  • 26+28+30 August 2024
  • 4 – 6 September 2024
  • 14 – 16 October 2024 (voluntary: 17+18 October 2024)
  • tbd 2025

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