Application Information

Application deadlines - Applications for Fall 2022 are now open!

  • Certificate and non-degree admissions for Fall term by July 15
  • M.C.R. admissions - Submit after completion of first year as a certificate candidate in the HIP program
    • By July 15 in summer after first year for admission for Fall term
    • Or on revolving cycle by opening date of registration for any other term based on the OHSU academic calendar (typically early November, February and May).

Applications for fall term admissions are reviewed at one time and applicants will be notified of admission decision by mid-August.

Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered if space is available.


  • Applicants must have acquired an M.D., M.D./Ph.D., D.O., D.D.S., D.M.D., D.C., Pharm.D., O.D., or an N.D.; have a Ph.D. with clinical responsibilities or interest in patient-oriented research; or be a doctorally-trained nurse. Graduate students already enrolled in doctoral programs at OHSU (Ph.D., M.D., D.M.D.) may apply with approval from student's program director.
  • Applicants should be graduate students, faculty or staff at OHSU,  VA Portland Health Care System or at other health care facilities or institutions of higher education in Oregon or the Northwest that do not have similar training programs.
  • Applicants to the M.C.R.* must be enrolled in the certificate program and have completed the first year curriculum successfully.  Graduates of the HIP certificate are still eligible to apply.

* Students, trainees and scholars in the Physician-Scientist Experience, OSLER TL1, OCTRI KL2 and other pre-approved training programs may apply directly to the M.C.R. without starting in the certificate program. 

For applicants that are not affiliated with OHSU, there is a one-time background check fee and requirement for an ID badge if admitted to the program.  Students must use OHSU's backgrounds check vendor and are responsible for any fees associated with this background check.


The HIP certificate and MCR program are different from many traditional graduate programs and are designed for enrollment concurrent with active participation in research.  This allows the education to be “just-in-time” such that students can use the training and skills close to the time these are learned.  Three important things that must be in place for students to fully engage in either degree program:

  • Active involvement in research or planning for research at matriculation into the program and have a research question for a study that will be developed or must have an active research study.
  • Have an identified research mentor in their field who can advise the student on the research study.  For new clinical fellows, this may be somewhat flexible in the early weeks of the HIP program. 
  • Have dedicated time to complete a degree. See here for more information about the time commitment.

Application materials

Be sure to submit application materials indicated for all programs (Certificate, M.C.R. and non-degree) in addition the the materials requested for the specific program to which you are applying.

All applicants must submit the following items PLUS the additional materials listed for the program to which you are applying.

Online application form

  • You will need to create a new account to apply.  If you were a previous or current student at OHSU, you can still create a new application account and it will match to your previous student record.
  • After logging in, select Human Investigations Program  and choose appropriate term (i.e. Fall 2021) and begin to fill out application.
  • Under Planned Course of Study choose Certificate, Non-Degree or M.C.R. accordingly.
    • Certificate students must apply for Fall Term
    • Applicants to the M.C.R. must be enrolled in the certificate program and have completed the first year curriculum successfully.
  • Important: To avoid confusion and possible duplication with your OHSU employee account, it is recommended to enter your social security number in the application form where requested in order to match with your employee record even though this is optional if not requesting financial aid.  Social security numbers are kept securely in the student system with limited access.

    College transcripts

    Arrange for your official transcripts to be submitted directly from only your highest degree granting program (doctoral degree, masters or bachelors degrees) to the HIP program.

    Official transcript may be sent by:

    • email direct from the university or college to (preferred)
    • mail direct from the university or college to Human Investigations Program, Mail code: SN4N, Oregon Health & Science University, 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland OR 97239-3098
    • bring transcripts in original sealed (unopened) envelope to OCTRI office 437 in School of Nursing
    • Graduates from a doctoral degree program at OHSU do not need to submit a transcript.
    • Current HIP non-degree or certificate students submitting an application to the certificate or M.C.R. do not need to submit a transcript again.

    Graduates from a foreign institution:

    • If you are an applicant on faculty or staff at OHSU and have a degree from a foreign institution, you can submit a notarized copy of your highest degree. 
    • If you are not on faculty or staff, and have a degree from a foreign institution, you are required to provide World Education Service (WES) International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP) credential evaluations for all foreign colleges attended. Applicants need to consult WES's website for instructions and fees at The applicant will be responsible for the full cost of this service. All students with degrees from foreign institutions of all countries of origin will need to complete this service. If the applicant has already completed a similar credential evaluation through WES or another company, the Graduate Studies Office may evaluate on a case-by-case basis whether a WES ICAP will be needed.
    • Additionally, if you are not on faculty or staff and are a graduate of a foreign institution you may be required to submit a TOEFL score.

    Submit the following material by email to HIP:

    1. A current curriculum vitae which includes education, residencies and fellowships.

    2. A supporting document answer the following questions (please keep each question to under a page in length).

    1. Please discuss your research focus for the next two years, including specific proposals you plan to submit or implement. (If you have a research mentor, please note this.)
    2. What are your career goals for the next 5-10 years and how will this program help you achieve these goals?
    3. What are your professional responsibilities for the next 2 years? (Specify clinical, administrative and research time.)
    4. List all research proposals or grants that you have submitted, including those that have not been funded.
    5. List all publications (if any) in journal format. Do not list abstracts. 

    3.  A letter of recommendation from your department chair or training director is required. In addition to requesting comments that will assist us in evaluating your application, we will also ask for a commitment of protected time to complete the program. 

    Please download the letter of reference waiver form and send to the person providing the letter of reference. The letter of recommendation should be sent by email to HIP  or directly to the program office. If the letters are delivered by the applicant, the recommender should return the completed letter to you in a sealed envelope with their signature across the flap.

    Submit the following material by email to HIP:

    1. A current curriculum vitae, which includes education, residencies and fellowships.

    2. A supporting document answering the following questions (please keep each question to under a page in length). 

    1. How will the M.C.R. degree help you to meet your short and long term career goals?
    2. What mentoring experience do you plan for the M.C.R. to help you meet those goals?
    3. What course work do you plan to take to meet these goals.  Be specific if possible by providing a list with the terms in which you plan to take each course. These plans can be changed but will be used to help with registration.

    Note, if not already enrolled in the HIP certificate program, you may also need to answer questions A-E for the certificate application supporting document and well as these questions below for the M.C.R.  Check with the program office if you have questions.

    Submit the following material by email to HIP:

    1. A current curriculum vitae, which includes education, residencies and fellowships.

    2. In a supporting document, please answer the following questions. 

    1. After carefully looking over the non-degree track information, course descriptions, pre-requisites and the class schedule, list each class that you wish to take including the term, year and whether you wish to audit the course or take for academic credit.  List your planned courses for each year that you plan to participate.  Note that you will receive a confirmation of courses that you may enroll in when you receive acceptance into the program.  More information for non-degree participation
    2. Indicate if you are required by your fellowship program to take classes in the HIP program. 

    Graduate students currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program at OHSU should contact the HIP program before applying to learn  about additional material requirements. Some programs require approval from the program director before enrollment in HIP classes.

    OHSU COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

    OHSU requires immunizations for its students in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and from the State of Oregon. Students must comply with OHSU pre-entrance immunization requirements per Policy 03-30-150 and Policy 02-90-010   and remain in compliance for the duration of their enrollment at OHSU.

    This means that all admitted students must provide proof of full COVID-19 immunization or receive an approved medical or religious exception 21-days prior to the start of the academic term. Admission into OHSU academic programs are considered conditional until proof of full vaccination is provided or a medical or religious exception is approved by OHSU.  If students have not met the COVID-19 policy requirements at least 21 days prior to the start of the academic term, their offer of admission to OHSU will be rescinded and they will be unable to take courses or start their programs of study or other academic activities. 

    Students admitted into non-clinical programs who have received exceptions will be required to complete COVID-19 testing as specified by OHSU and will receive additional direction related to required safety standards and practices. OHSU does not allow unvaccinated students to participate in in-person direct patient contact or in simulation activities involving in-person direct contact with standardized patients, and as such, entry into clinical programs for unvaccinated students will be prohibited.

    New admits who have already demonstrated compliance as an employee or student in another program do not need to resubmit proof of compliance.