Begin Your Medical Research Journey

Every vaccine, drug, and treatment used in medicine is the result of evidence-based research. For a cancer therapy to succeed, medical researchers have to ask a question. Will it work? In this course you will learn the process researchers use to formulate, conduct, and evaluate the evidence they gather. You will be tasked with developing your own study using professional methods. For any high schooler thinking about a future in STEM, medical research, pharmaceuticals or medical school, this course is for you.

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Program Dates

Multiple two- and four-week sessions throughout the year


For students completing grades 9–12, ages 13+



Learn how medical research gives birth to groundbreaking treatments

Introduce yourself to clinical research

How is clinical research applied? Why is it critical to medicine? Discover the process of a clinical trial and familiarize yourself with the way a study is organized, and how to navigate online research databases.

Learn the steps of evidence-based medicine (EBM)

Explore the 3 Principles of EBM. Discover how it leads to better patient outcomes and how EBM is applied to leading medical diagnoses. Study the 5 steps used in the EBM process and how to create a research question using the Population, Intervention, Control, Outcomes (PICO) method.

Consider the ethical considerations of medical research

Compare and contrast ethical versus unethical research practices through case studies. Learn the basics of biostatistics and epidemiology and their relevance in medical research. Create an outline for your own medical research question.

Learn how to turn your research study into a scientific article

Study peer reviewed journal articles. Understand how to interpret a research article and how this content can affect innovations in medicine. Learn the components of a research article and begin to think about your own research question.

Delve into medical research in cancer

Define cancer in scientific terms and describe types and common causes of cancer. Discover how medical research has impacted cancer prevention, diagnostic advances, and how EBM is used to improve outcomes for those impacted by the disease.

Explore college majors and future careers

Topics covered in this course offer a good background for potential college majors and career paths related to medical research, pharmacology, biostatistics, and the sciences.

How You Will Benefit

  • You will comprehend the key elements of medical research
  • You will be able to define and discuss evidence-based medicine (EBM)
  • You will understand the ethics and integrity essential to clinical research
  • You will gain insights into basic biostatistics and epidemiology and their role in medical research
  • You will learn how clinical trials drive innovations in healthcare
  • You will be able to assess if medical research is a field you might like to study in college and beyond

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Three learning advantages designed for you

Final Capstone Project — Cancer Research

The course culminates with a special Capstone project where you will create a video presentation showing the components of the scientific method for clinical trials. You will:

  • Use 2-3 research papers of your choosing around topics such as cancer research, prevention, screening, diagnosis, therapy survivorship/quality of life.
  • Demonstrate what you’ve learned in this course
  • Get feedback from your mentors on your work


You’ll receive guidance from a University mentor who can support you and answer questions as you deepen your learning experience. You can expect:

  • Encouragement and direction on all assignments
  • Inspiration, motivation and confidence to help you succeed
  • Brainstorming and ideation help as you prepare for your final Capstone project

Flexible Learning

All online courses culminate in a final project that allows you to:

  • 100% online, works with your schedule
  • 20 to 30 hours of total instruction and coursework, including engaging multimedia, simulations, and assignments on which you will receive guidance and support through dynamic videos featuring Georgetown University professor Dr. Malika Danner 
  • Regular live group online sessions with a university Mentor
  • Meet fellow students from around the world

Apply now for the next available course

July 11 - July 25

Medical Research: Clinical Trials Resulting in Medical Discoveries

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1495

Application Deadline: Sunday, July 4, 2021

July 25 - August 8

Medical Research: Clinical Trials Resulting in Medical Discoveries

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1495

Application Deadline: Sunday, July 18, 2021

August 1 - August 29

Medical Research: Clinical Trials Resulting in Medical Discoveries

Length: 4 weeks

Cost: $1495

Application Deadline: Sunday, July 25, 2021

All course options, whether two or four weeks, have the same educational content, learning materials, and number of assignments. We are offering a condensed version of the course in order to accommodate students’ individual schedules.

Course designed by Georgetown University faculty

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Dr. Malika Danner

Academic Director and Curriculum Developer, Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Dr. Danner has an extensive background in teaching, biomedical research and applied clinical knowledge. She has spent over 15 years teaching health and science and served as an instructor for the U.S. Department of Education’s Upward Bound/TRIO summer programs. Dr. Danner received a Master’s Degree in Microbiology and Immunology from Georgetown University in 2002. She subsequently worked for the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center where she co-authored many publications in peer-reviewed journals for cancer research. In 2013, she earned a Doctorate of Medicine from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, WI. Dr. Danner currently works for MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Department of Radiation Oncology, where she leads clinical studies assessing Patient-Reported Outcomes of patients undergoing cancer treatment.

How to Apply

It’s easy. No transcripts or letters of recommendation are required. Our application asks you to provide the following:

  • Basic contact information for you and your parent or guardian.
  • Why you wish to take this course, and a bit of your story, through writing, video, photos—any media you prefer

Begin the guided process. It should take only a few minutes to answer the questions.

Begin the process.

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