Time Commitment

Class Schedules

  • Core courses are generally scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 PM, one evening each week during the academic year.  Electives are also scheduled in the evening or weekends.
  • For the convenience of 2-year certificate track students, classes are scheduled on the same day for both the first and second year.  In general, if you are admitted in an even year, classes are scheduled on Tuesday evening over the two years.  If admitted in an odd year classes are scheduled on a Wednesday evening over the two years.  See course schedules for more details.
  • Trainees should expect an average of 4 hours of homework and reading per week.

Attendance Requirement

  • Individuals accepted into the certificate track program will be asked to sign a contract of commitment to regular attendance (no more than 20% absences, or about 8 absences per each year) and completion of homework assignments.

Mandatory Orientation

  • Mandatory one-time, half-day orientation for certificate and MCR track trainees, Friday, September 25, 2015 from 8:30 am-12:30 pm. Non-degree trainees are strongly encouraged to attend. This orientation is combined with an online course, HIP 510 Introduction to Clinical Research, for one credit.

Mentored Capstone Project

  • Certificate and MCR track trainees will need sufficient protected time to work on a mentored research capstone project. The capstone is typically started in the spring of the first year. The amount of time required for this work will depend on the scope of the project and the student-mentor relationship.

Time to Degree Completion

  • Most trainees are full-time working professionals and will generally take one or two sequential classes per term.
  • Certificate track trainees will typically need 2 years to complete degree requirements but are allowed up to 6 years to complete the program. A flexible option may be constructed with approval of the HIP director.
  • MCR degree candidates will typically need 3 years to complete degree requirements. Candidates are allowed 6 years to complete the program from matriculation to the MCR program. While the HIP curriculum is scheduled one evening each week, courses offered through other graduate programs are not necessarily scheduled at convenient times and are not offered every term. This track will take advanced planning and will require some flexibility in clinic schedules.