Workshops & Non-Credit Courses

img_0629ICTR, along with its Marshfield Clinic Research Institute partner, offers a variety of courses, workshops and presentations on specific topics related to clinical and translational research, including study design, grant and manuscript writing, overviews of conducting clinical and translational research, stakeholder engagement,  biomedical informatics, and qualitative research methods.

Many of these resources are housed online, either as training modules or as archived videos and readings.

Online/Video Trainings

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Basics of Conducting Clinical Research at UW-Madison - Online Training

The Basics of Conducting Clinical Research at UW-Madison course offers information to both new and experienced research staff that can be applied during their daily activities while conducting clinical research within the UW Health environment. This course is available online through Learn@UW and is restricted to those with a UW NetID.

Although this training has been developed specifically to address clinical research conducted within the UW Health environment, most of the content is applicable to all UW clinical research settings.

  1. To enroll in the online training course, go to: and click on the “Enroll in Course” button.
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  2. Click the “Go to your Dashboard” button.
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  3. Select the “Basics of Conducting Clinical Research at UW-Madison” course available on the bottom of the screen to get started.

Fundamentals of Clinical Trials - Online Training

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These training modules consist of recorded slide presentations prepared by David DeMets, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics. They provide an overview of the fundamentals of clinical trials and can be viewed at your own pace.

Note: You will need to have the Adobe Flash Player installed to view these modules.

Clinical Trials Basics

This training module provides a brief introduction on various aspects of clinical trials.

Basics part 1: Types of studies, study questions, outcome measurements and study population choices (32 minutes)
Basics part 2: Study design, conduct and data collection (33 minutes)
Basics part 3: Study monitoring and analysis (24 minutes)

Clinical Trials Advanced

This series of lectures covers similar topics as the basics course, but explores each topic in greater detail.

Advanced lecture 1: Background and history of clinical trials (35 minutes)
Advanced lecture 2: What is a clinical trial and why bother? (40 minutes)
Advanced lecture 3: Exploring the questions, responses and population choices of clinical trials (50 minutes)

Advanced lecture 4: Clinical trial design (37 minutes)
Advanced lecture 5: Sample size estimation (52 minutes)
Advanced lecture 6: Trial monitoring for safety and benefit (61 minutes)
Advanced lecture 7: Issues in data analysis (34 minutes)
Advanced lecture 8: Trial reporting (20 minutes)

Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR) - NIH Webinar - 2020-2021 Course & Registration OPEN

Information for the 2020-2021 course year:

  • The course is free, self-paced and online. Please review the updated NIH course webpage:
  • Course and registration are open NOW through July 1, 2021.
  • The final exam will be available on the course website starting September 1, 2020, and close on July 28, 2021 at 12pm US EST
  • Participants who successfully complete the final exam and score at least 75% will receive a certificate of completion for the course.

Please email any questions or feedback to the NIH course coordinator at

Contact Peggy Hatfield ( at ICTR for more information.

In-Person Trainings & Workshops (Currently Virtual)

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Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI) - Weeklong Workshop


In partnership with the Maryland Center for Health Equity in the School of Public Health, University of Maryland College Park, the Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI) is a weeklong research and leadership immersion program focused on increasing the number of investigators, particularly minority investigators, engaged in health disparities/health equity research that are successful in tenure track academic appointments in schools of public health, medicine and other health and behavioral health science disciplines, assisting them in achieving research funding through the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Minority (i.e., African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, and Native Americans) investigators are underrepresented in the healthcare and public health workforce. These investigators often face unique obstacles to their success including feelings of loneliness and isolation, difficulty securing research funding and research mentoring, and limited research collaboration opportunities. Thus, the mission of HELI is to support and advance the career development of underrepresented minority investigators committed to the elimination of health disparities. A publication on the HELI model is available here: The Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI): Developing workforce capacity for health disparities research

HELI is offered annually in June, with applications typically released in late January. For most up-to-date information on the next iteration of HELI, please visit


If you’re interested in HELI 2021, contact us at

Learn more on the HELI website.

Culturally Confident Engagement for Translational Research: A Building Trust Curriculum Workshop

Culturally Confident Engagement for Translational Research: Building Trust Curriculum Workshop is a unique educational program created specifically for researchers and research team members to strengthen their capacity to effectively recruit and retain participants typically underrepresented in research. The program is composed of seven interactive modules where participants respond to trigger films, discuss complex ethical issues, and practice skills for enhancing recruitment, retention, informed consent, and the development of community partnerships. Unique features of this program include: a formative exploration of how past research abuses contribute to a legacy of mistrust today; tools useful for opening the dialogue about sensitive topics such as race, racism and discrimination; and information on how and why to build community relationships.

This workshop is offered by the UW Collaborative Center for Health Equity (CCHE); the curriculum is presented by UW-Madison experts in research recruitment and retention and led by Susan Racine Passmore, PhD.

Learn more about the Building Trust Initiative & workshop offerings here.

For more information or questions, please contact

Dissemination & Implementation Research Short Course - November 7-8, 2019 Event Passed

The 2019 ICTR D&I Short Course took place Thursday, November 7  – Friday, November 8, 2019 in Madison, WI.

The 2019 D&I Short Course provided a forum for researchers and community stakeholders to explore the emerging field of dissemination and implementation with national and local experts. Participants joined us for interactive sessions that addressed issues from across the research to practice continuum, with an overarching focus on advancing health equity.

Full program archives from the 2018 UW ICTR CAP D&I Short Course are available

Short-Course in Stakeholder Engagement - Event Passed

Engaging Key Partners to Design & Conduct High Quality Clinical Research is a short course is designed for investigators and research teams who have received, or are thinking about applying for, research grants that will involve stakeholder engagement. For more information, contact Thuy Dan Tran at

Date: June 5-6, 2018
Cost: $50 registration fee per person or $100 for research teams of up to 4 members
Registration Link
Download the Flyer (041918, PDF)

K Grant Writing Group

The K writing group is for junior investigators (faculty, postdocs, other trainees) submitting a K01, K08, or K23 application, ideally within the coming two to 12 month period. Participants must have identified a primary mentor who is at the Associate or Professor level, with a history of independent R-level funding.

The group is small, eight to 12 participants, and meets seven to eight times over a three month period. The goal of the group is to assist participants with preparation of the non-scientific elements of their K application, namely the specific aims page, biosketch, career development and training plan, candidate statement, and mentor letters. Each session consists of a short didactic portion (20-30 minutes) to emphasize the critical elements of each component and important observations about grantsmanship. Following this, participants read and critique each other’s writing.

Current faculty leaders are either Amy Kind, MD, PhD, or Christie Bartels, MD, MS. Drs. Kind and Bartels provide positive and insightful commentary, meant to model appropriate and constructive review approaches for participants.

Register online to be placed on a waiting list.

Please email Peggy Hatfield about joining a current group.

Research Staff Training Course in Qualitative Methods

This course is aimed at masters-prepared research staff in the health sciences. Participants work through a 13 module online self-study course, Introduction to Qualitative Research for the Applied Health Sciences, and meet for short lectures and group discussions. Participants complete one practice data collection activity (an interview or an observation) and a developmental assignment in which they write a mini-proposal. Upon completion of the training program, participants will have a basic understanding of qualitative research approaches, recognize the kinds of research questions to which these approaches are appropriately applied, be familiar with the main data collection methods used for qualitative work, and have some familiarity with data analysis. As part of a research team, they will be well positioned to contribute to study design, proposal development, and manuscript preparation. Participants who satisfy all course requirements will receive a certificate of completion.

The course is offered once every other year, usually in the late winter/early spring. It was held in 2018 from January-May. The next offering is planned for 2020. For more information, please contact Nora Jacobson at

Online Resources

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Online Lectures Related to Community Outcomes Research

Online Video Lectures

You can find lectures grouped by the following topics on the Video Library web site of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Additional Resources on Community Research Partnerships

Qualitative & Mixed Method Research Educational Resources

Qualitative Research Group

A working group for ICTR-affiliated PIs and their research staff members who are actively engaged in collecting and/or analyzing qualitative data. The group meets twice a month for two hours each time. All participants must commit to regular attendance. For more information, please contact Nora Jacobson at


Consultation is available to ICTR-affiliated researchers in the proposal or project development stage for:

  • Selecting the appropriate qualitative method
  • Knowing when and how to use qualitative methods in a mixed methods study
  • Combining qualitative and quantitative research methods, when appropriate
  • Check out the Community Academic Research Consult Form
Introduction to Qualitative Research for the Applied Health Sciences: A Self-Study Course

This Canvas course is geared to the novice qualitative researcher. It includes modules devoted to topics like data collection, data analysis, and critical appraisal and is designed to be cumulative from module to module. However, individuals wishing to find information about a particular topic can dip into single modules as needed. There is no cost for the course and no credit is offered. To enroll contact Nora Jacobson at

Online Lecture Series

Lectures devoted to the basics of qualitative and mixed methods research. A full listing of lectures is available here:

Other Websites

SMART IRB Learning Center

The SMART IRB (Streamlined, Multisite, Accelerated Resources for Trials IRB Reliance platform) Learning Center includes videos and companion resources designed to help investigators and study teams successfully plan for and navigate single IRB review arrangements for their studies.

Downloadable SMART IRB Start-Up packages contain all the resources needed to prepare NIH grant applications that require single IRB. Each package provides a guide describing how and when to use the included resource as well as links to online tools and further information.

Questions about UW-Madison processes and policies are best addressed by our local Point of Contact:

Michael Bingham
(608) 265-9792