Clinical Research & Human Investigations Program

Program Information

Program/Department Chair: Cynthia Morris, PhD, MPH

Program length: Three Years

Admit by cohort: Yes

Authorized Award(s): Master of Clinical Research (MCR), Graduate Certificate

Minimum number graded credit hours: 45 units

Minimum acceptable GPA: Passing GPA (courses graded pass/no pass)

Program Purpose Statement

The Human Investigations Program strives to provide an educational foundation for successful, comprehensively trained researchers based upon the competencies of clinical and translational research. 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.

Students in the Certificate track of the program must have a doctoral degree, work in an environment with clinical responsibilities or have interest in patient-oriented research. Course work is intended to expand skills and experience in clinical research.

The Masters track focuses on formal training for clinicians and scientists who desire to make clinical or translational research either their predominant focus or a substantial part of their long-term career goal.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the MCR curriculum, graduates will be able to:

1. Generate a hypothesis and specific aims for a clinical or translational research study.

2. Identify, interpret, and critique the state of knowledge regarding a research question.

3. Propose an appropriate study design and protocol for a clinical and translational research study.

4. Identify appropriate study methods (study design) for a research question as to feasibility, efficiency, and bias-free inference.

5. Evaluate the reliability and validity of measures, threats to study validity (bias).

6. Describe the basic principles and practical importance of random variation, systematic error, sampling error, measurement error, hypothesis testing, type I and type II errors, and confidence limits..

7. Describe trends and best practices in informatics for the organization of biomedical and health information and research data.

8.  Identify the fundamental principles of the protection of human subjects and essential elements of voluntary informed consent; minimize risks to human subjects; and protect vulnerable populations.

9.  Communicate clinical and translational research findings to different groups of individuals, including colleagues, students, the lay public, and the media.

10.  Recognize the relevance of demographic, geographic, and ethnographic features within communities and populations when designing a clinical study.

11.  Recognize the principles of building and managing an interdisciplinary/ intradisciplinary/ multidisciplinary team that matches the objectives of the research problem.

12.  Manage a research project across its fiscal, personnel, regulatory compliance and problem solving requirements.

13.  Incorporate adult learning principles and mentoring strategies into interactions with beginning scientists and scholars in order to engage them in clinical and translational research.

14.  Appraise the role of community engagement as a strategy for identifying community health issues, translating health research to communities and reducing health disparities.