Information for Non-degree students:

Non-degree students will be enrolled according to individual plans for the 2014-15 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 Oct 1st.

More information about the Certificate track

Once you have successfully completed this first year, you may apply to the Master of Clinical Research track.  I would like to meet with applicants 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 is what I will use to register you in the coming terms

You can access this plan via your student self-serve account in ISIS.  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 go-to place for information about capstone projects.  If you haven't submitted your proposed plans to us you can do do on this Sakai site.  Typically, first year students will submit their plans sometime during the summer before Fall Term. Once you have a plan in place, we can figure out the best way to distribute your credits.  

View capstone information in Sakai

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Summer Term 2014 Electives

To ensure registration, contact Karen before June 20th.

HIP 520 Medical Informatics (2 credits*, elective; an increase from 1.5 to 2 credits is pending approval)
Course Director: William Hersh, MD
Online, Jun 30 - Aug 18, 7 sessions

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.

Note: Subject to HIP tuition at $500 per credit.
HIP 534 Health Disparities Research (1 credit*, elective)
Course Direct: Somnath Saha, MD, MPH
Tuesdays, Aug 12-Sept 9, 2 to 4 pm, MacHall 2136 (4 two-hour sessions)

Format: Didactic learning paired with interactive discussion.
The goal of Health Disparities Research is to educate students about: 1) disparities in health, healthcare and research participation; 2) the social and cultural determinats of health and health  disparities; and 3) challenges and opportunities in working with disadvantaged populations.  Faculty with experience in clinical, health services, and disparities research will discuss theoretical and practical aspects of these topics.  The course will employ primarily didactic methods, but small group breakout sessions and interactive exercises will also be employed.  Homework assignments will include directed reading and preparation for class discussions. 
Note:  Subject to tuition at $500 per credit.

Fall Term 2014 Electives

Planning ahead for Fall term?  Consider adding one of the following electives to your plan. 
Registration begins 8/19 for Fall term. Contact Karen for registration in one of these electives!


HIP 527 Systematic Reviews (2 credits)
Course Directors: Marian McDonagh, PharmD,
Tuesdays, Sep 30-Nov 18; 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.
Note: Subject to HIP tuition at $500 per credit.


HIP 530 Influence and Effective Communication for Leading Research Teams (2 credits)
Course Directors: Nicole Steckler, PhD

Dates and times to be determined - two Fri PM/Sat AM weekends, 4 hours each day
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.
Note: Subject to HIP tuition at $500 per credit.


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