PREP Course #8: Design of Randomized Clinical Trials

  • Review fundamentals of study design when interpreting medical publications.
  • Discuss research problems requiring the design of a randomized clinical trial (RCT).
  • Provide examples of best practices for conducting design of clinical trials


At the end of this class, the student will be able to:

  • Recognize the fundamentals of study design when interpreting medical publications
  • Distinguish between observational and experimental study designs
  • Differentiate between cross-sectional, case-control, cohort designs and randomized clinical trials
  • Evaluate a single research problem can be addressed by different designs
  • Identify sources of bias in proposed or published studies
  • Discus the essential tools that will assist in the appropriate interpretation of study results
  • Describe characteristics of a well-designed randomized clinical trial


Martin L Lesser, PhD and staff

The Public Research Education Program (PREP) is a series of courses developed by various research support offices in conjunction with other health system offices. The courses offer CME credits and are designed to increase quality of research throughout the health system and streamline the process of conducting research.

PREP courses also aim to enhance and expand investigator capacity to conduct research. PREP courses are free and open to all Northwell Health employees, students, and volunteers. In addition, interested research collaborators and community partners are welcome to attend.

Light refreshments will be served at the courses held at the Goldman B Conference Room.

Don’t forget to check out select videos of PREP courses online.

For additional information, please visit:
Martin L Lesser, PhD and staff
350 Community Drive
Goldman International Conference Center - Room B
Manhasset, NY 11030