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Note: As of summer term 2017, the University fee increases to $273 and is charged each term enrolled.  Tuition for elective courses that are subject to tuition is $500 per credit.  See more about HIP tuition and fees and the Employee Tuition Benefit program.

Information for Non-degree students:

Non-degree students will be enrolled according to individual plans for the 2017-18 year.  Any changes to this plan should be communicated as early as possible to the HIP program in order to plan for student enrollment.
 

Information for Continuing Certificate and MCR students:

The HIP program will automatically register continuing 1st year certificate students for the core required courses in the 2nd year certificate curriculum, beginning with HIP 514 Molecular and Cellular Approaches to Disease on September 26th.
More information about the Certificate track

Once you have successfully completed this first year, you may apply to the Master of Clinical Research track.  All new applicants to the MCR track should set up a meeting with the MCR program coordinator to plan a course of study. 
More information about the MCR track.


Course Plans:

All Certificate and MCR students have a course plan that has been entered into Degree Audit.  Please take a moment to check this plan, particularly if you have veered off the typical course plan.  This plan will be used to register you in the coming terms

You can access your plan via your student self-serve account in SIS.  This is the same location where you review your account information.  It takes only three clicks from the main menu; click on 'Student Services', click on 'Degree Audit', and then click on 'View Degree Audit'.  Once you have entered your degree audit,  the "worksheet" will show the courses you have taken and what's left to do and the "planner" will show the courses you have planned.

If you have any questions about your plan, please contact Karen as soon as possible so that it can be updated.

Capstone Projects

The Sakai Capstone site is the go-to place for information about capstone projects.  If you are finishing the first year this term, you will need to meet with the program director, Cindy Morris, about your capstone plans.  If you haven't signed up to meet with her, please do so as soon as possible.  Once you meet with Cindy, we will be in touch to confirm your plans and distribution of capstone credits.  

View capstone information in Sakai

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Summer Term 2017 Electives

To ensure registration, contact Karen before June 20th.
Note: As of summer term 2017, the University fee increases to $273 and is charged each term enrolled.  Tuition for elective courses subject to tuition is $500 per credit.

HIP 520 Medical Informatics (2 credits, elective subject to tuition)
Course Director: William Hersh, MD
Online, June 26 - August 16, 7 sessions with final exam to be scheduled shortly after sessions end.
Format: Online lectures and threaded discussions. Medical informatics is described as "the rapidly developing scientific field that deals with the storage, retrieval, and optimal use of biomedical information, data and knowledge for problem solving and decision making." An understanding of medical informatics is crucial to clinical researchers.  the widespread adoption of electronic medial records and the emerging standards on which they are based will influence how researchers acquire and use patient data; the revolution in bioinformatics may fundamentally alter how we view and research disease; and growing concerns over confidentiality of health information, most notably HIPAA regulations, determine how patient information is stored and used. Course topics include fundamental of medical computing, electronic medical records, data interchange and terminology standards, information retrieval from databases, security and confidentiality, and bioinformatics. The course consists of on-line lectures with assignments that include hands-on use of electronic medical records, decision support applications, and information retrieval systems; reading assignments; and threaded on-line discussions.

HIP 522 Fundamentals for RCTS (1.5 credits, elective tuition-free)
Course Director: Cynthia Morris, PhD, MPH
Tuesdays, June 27- Aug 8, 4:30-6:30, location TBD
Format: Large group lectures, interactive exercises, interactive discussion.
This course covers the principles of clinical trial design, implementation, and management, including single- and multi-center trials and new trial designs (pragmatic, adaptive). Each trainee is expected to develop a working protocol for a clinical trial as a result of this class, and to read and critically appraise published trials. Conventional trials of drug treatment will be discussed, with some emphasis on conducting trials of alternative medicines, surgical or device therapy, and nutritional and other interventions requiring counseling. Each class period includes discussion, in a journal club format, of a recently published clinical trial that illustrates the lecture topic.
Prerequisites: HIP 511, 512 and 513.

HIP 533 Community-based Research (2 credits, elective subject to tuition)
Course Director: Somnath Saha, MD, MPH
Wednesdays, June 28, July 5, July 12 and July 19, 1:00 to 5:00 pm, location TBD
Format: Didactic learning paired with interactive discussion
The goal of Community-based Research is to educate students about: 1) the rationale and benefits of engaging in the end-users of research in study design and conduct; 2) differing levels of community engagement and participation in research project; 3) different roles that community stakeholders and members can plan in research; 4) challenges and opportunities in conducting research with and in communities; and 5) logistical issues when involving community partners in research. Faculty with experience in clinical, health services, and community-based research will discuss theoretical and practical aspects of these topics. The course will employ didactic lectures, small group discussions sessions, interactive exercises and field trips.  Homework assignments will include directed reading and the development of a brief (2-page) protocol for a community-based research project.

Fall Term 2017 Electives

Planning ahead for Fall term?  Consider adding one of the following electives to your plan. 
Registration begins August 14 for Fall term. Contact Karen for registration in one of these electives!
HIP 527 Systematic Reviews (2 credits, elective subject to tuition)
Course Directors: Marian McDonagh, PharmD,
Tuesdays, Sep 27-Nov 15; 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Format: Didactic learning, interactive exercises, interactive discussion
This course will introduce students to the methodology of systematic reviews by working through the steps of a review using examples and discussion to explore various methodological approaches and identifying quality standards. Students will be asked to read and evaluate systematic reviews, discuss the process of reviews, and to consider various methodological approaches, including the pros and cons or suitable context for each. At the end of the course, students will feel comfortable reading, evaluating and applying systematic reviews from the perspective of a user.
Prerequisites: HIP 511, 511A and 512.
 
HIP 530 Leadership Skills for Team Science (2 credits, elective subject to tuition)
Course Directors: Nicole Steckler, PhD

Offered over 2 Fri pm (3:00-7:00 pm)/Sat am sessions (9:00 am-1:00 pm)
Format: short lectures, discussion, self-assessment and group exercises, and experiential learning. 
This course combines practical skill building with the opportunity for students to contribute personal experiences in leadership and to learn from other students in a structured collective learning process.

BMI 523 Clinical Research Informatics (3 credits, elective subject to tuition)
Course Directors: Tim Burdock, MD, MD; Robert Schuff, MS; Nicole Weiskopf, PhD
Online, Sep 25-Dec 15 with discussion group to be scheduled
Format:  Online with weekly on-campus or virtually, synchronous discussion sessions
This class will introduce the student to the principles of clinical research informatics. Topics include the design of clinical research, clinical trial administration, good clinical data management, clinical trial registration and publication, subject recruitment, use of administrative databases, registries and electronic health records in research, practice-based research networks, standards in terminology and messaging for clinical research, and research collaboration.