OHSU

About

The Human Investigations Program (HIP) at OHSU, a curriculum resulting in a Certificate in Human Investigations or Master of Clinical Research degree, is designed to meet the growing need for clinical and translational investigators. A non-degree track allows enrollment in individual courses. With increased knowledge of the basic science of disease, clinical and translational scientists can translate these concepts from the bench to the bedside and to the community. HIP at OHSU is supported by the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI) funded through the National Center of Research Resources and is sponsored by the School of Medicine, the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center and by divisions and departments at OHSU.

This program is targeted to medical or dental residents and fellows, postdoctoral research fellows, faculty of the medical, nursing and dental schools, clinicians and researchers from Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research and community clinicians interested in developing research skills in human investigation. In addition, we are pleased to accept graduate students in any doctoral program at OHSU (PhD, MD, DMD) who are interested in training in clinical and translational research. 

 

Goals of the Program

HIP strives to provide an educational foundation for successful, comprehensively trained researchers based upon the competencies of clinical and translational research. This competencies include:

 

  • identify major clinical and public health problems and relevant research questions;
  • interpret and critique literature to assess the state of knowledge regarding a clinical or public health problem;
  • design and write a protocol for a clinical and translational research study;
  • understand different study design options as to their feasibility, efficiency, and ability to derive unbiased inference;
  • use valid and reliable measures and identify and assess threats to study validity such as bias;
  • use descriptive and inferential statistics appropriate for the study design;
  • identify, evaluate and minimize risk to research subjects in a clinical and translational research project;
  • effectively communicate scientific information to the public and to scientific peers;
  • develop and adapt clinical research approaches to engage a diverse population;
  • work effectively in a multidisciplinary team