The Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Education

CTR Education and Training Guide

Online courses

Learn clinical research essentials - from biostatistics to public health - through available online courses and videos.


Contact Information

Anandi Krishnan, PhD  email


What is a Verified Certificate? How can I use it? Student who complete a course on the Signature Track earn a Verified Certificate (pictured below), which includes the following information and features:

University and Coursera affiliation: Please note that this affiliation does not make you a student at the issuing university. Your name and identity: Coursera confirms your identity on the Verified Certificate. Certification code URL: This unique certificate code lets others check the authenticity of your Verified Certificate on Coursera's website.

You can use your Verified Certificate to advance in your career, gain valuable credentials, or build on what you already know. You can list your Verified Certificate on your resume/CV and include it on social media/career profiles.

What are the differences between a Statement of Accomplishment and a Verified Certificate? Statements of Accomplishment are signed by the course instructor and include the Coursera logo, the student's name, the title of the course, and a brief course description. You can currently earn a Statement of Accomplishment by successfully completing almost any of our free courses (some courses may not offer a Statement of Accomplishment; check your course's info page and policies to see if your course offers a Statement).

If you take a course in the Signature Track, you will have the opportunity to earn a Verified Certificate in place of a Statement of Accomplishment. Verified Certificates are issued jointly by Coursera and the partner university offering the course, and include a written statement confirming that the student has verified their identity while completing work in the course. The Verified Certificate also includes the student's name, a description of the course, the instructor's signature, and the logo of the university offering the course.

Please note that neither Statements of Accomplishment nor Verified Certificates represent college credit from the university offering the course.


What types of certificates does edX offer? EdX offers honor code certificates of achievement, verified certificates of achievement, and XSeries certificates of achievement. Currently, verified certificates are only available in some courses. Honor code certificates are available in others. XSeries certificates are earned by successfully completing a series of courses that make up an XSeries.


How are your verified certificates awarded? Udacity verified certificates will be awarded based on successful completion of course projects. After successfully completing your final project, your identity will be verified through a live exit interview during which you will need to show government-issued identification and chat with one of our project evaluators to verify your independent work on your final project. Upon successful completion of this process, you will receive an official Udacity verified certificate.

Can I earn a Udacity verified certificate from the free courseware without enrolling in the course? No. In order for us to verify your success in the course and award you an official Udacity verified certificate you must be enrolled in the course.

Call for Innovation Seed Grant Proposals

Spectrum is reviewing research proposals for novel health-related solutions in the areas of medtech, therapeutics, diagnostics, population health and community engagement. Awards from $15K to $50K per year. Details here.

Spectrum Research Symposium on Sept. 26th
Spectrum Research Symposium on Sept. 26th

New translational research in drug discovery, medical devices, diagnostics, population health, and community health. Li Ka Shing Center, 9/26, 8:30am-11:30am. Details here.

Population Health Event Draws a Crowd

More than 250 researchers and clinicians attended a colloquium to share ideas on new approaches to population-level health research.
Download agenda here.

Online "Writing in the Sciences" course

In this free online course, Kristin Sainani teaches scientists to become more effective writers, using practical examples and exercises. Register here.