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

In-Person Trainings & Workshops

  • 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 an intensive weeklong “research boot camp” 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

    2019 News

    The applications for HELI 2019 are now under review.

    The 2019 Health Equity Leadership Institute will take place June 17-21st in Madison, WI.

    Learn more on the HELI website.

    HELI 2018

  • Dissemination & Implementation Research Short Course - November 1 - 2, 2018

    The 2018 ICTR D&I Short Course will take place Thursday, November 1 – Friday, November 2, 2018 in Madison, WI.

    The 2018 D&I Short Course will provide a forum for researchers and community stakeholders to explore the emerging field of dissemination and implementation with national and local experts. Join us for interactive sessions that address issues from across the research to practice continuum, with an overarching focus on advancing health equity. Register Now

    We are excited to be joined by two national D&I experts:

    • Leopoldo J. Cabassa, MSW, PhD
      Director, National Institute of Mental Health Training Program
      Center for Mental Health Services
      Washington University in St. Louis
    • Russell E. Glasgow, PhD
      Director, D&I Program
      Adult & Child Consortium for Health Outcome Research & Delivery Service
      University of Colorado

    The Short Course will also feature health equity and D&I experts on the UW-Madison campus:

    • Sheri Johnson, PhD
      University of Wisconsin Population Institute
    • Jane Mahoney, MD
      Associate Director
      Institute for Clinical & Translational Research (ICTR) Community-Academic Partnerships (CAP) for Implementation Science
    • Andrew Quanbeck, PhD
      Assistant Professor
      Department of Family Medicine & Community Health

    Full program archives from the 2017 UW ICTR CAP D&I Short Course are available.

    Speakers featured in the 2013 UW ICTR Short Course were originally part of the 2012 Training Institute for the Dissemination and Implementation of Research in Health (TIDIRH). Video capture & materials from the 2012 and 2013 TIDIRH Institutes are below.

  • Short-Course in Stakeholder Engagement - June 5-6, 2018

    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


  • Community-Based Research Learning Opportunities - Online Videos & Resources
    Online Learning Modules

    ICTR has compiled the following on-line video and/or audio recordings of recent lectures on methods and issues related to community & clinical outcomes research.

    • Collaboration in Research – Interdisciplinary researchers in these videos share insights for developing productive collaborations.
    • Community & Clinical Outcomes Research – The videos in this module provide reasons for the growing interest in Community Engagement and Research, how it differs from Basic & Clinical Translational Research, definitions of terms, methods, challenges, and examples of Community Engagement and Research projects.
    • Community-Academic Research Partnerships – This module offers a foundational overview of community-academic research, approaches, strategies in overcoming obstacles, and research examples.
    • Finding Evidence-Based Research Resources – In this 2-part series, librarian Ulrika Dieterle shares an overview of evidence-based research, including how and where to find evidenced-based materials, the research process, formulating questions, executing effective searches, and evaluating results.
    • Grant Writing – Barbara Bowers and Nancy Kaufman share successful grant writing strategies. They discuss preparing for grant writing, writing the actual proposal, required parts of the proposal, and packaging of the proposal.
    • IRB Issues and Answers – This module was developed for community and university investigators interested in partnering in community-based research. Content includes a video-captured panel discussion of IRB procedures and responsibilities and issues relevant to community-based research.
    • Program Planning and Evaluation – Christine Maidl Pribbenow, from the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, facilitated an overview for faculty and community research partners on the essentials of program planning and evaluation.
    • Research Methods – This module includes data-gathering and analysis techniques for qualitative research and focus groups.
    • Translating Research and Policy – The videos in this module discuss the relationship between research and health policy.
    • Community Engagement and Research in Action – A collection of lectures by various Community & Clinical Outcomes researchers, plus a lecture summary on the introductory page.
    Additional Resources on Community Research Partnerships
    • Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) – A nonprofit organization that promotes health through partnerships between communities and higher educational institutions. The website is a clearing house of resources on service-learning, community-based participatory research, broad-based coalitions, and other partnership strategies.
    • Cooperative Extension Web Site on Program Development and Evaluation – Provides training and technical assistance for campus and community-based faculty and staff to plan, implement, and evaluate programs.
    • Outreach @ Ebling Library – Information professionals provide workshops on general and specific topics including health information literacy, evidence-based resources, evaluating health information, effective search techniques, PubMed Savvy Alerts, updates and RSS feeds, consumer health resources, information management tools, and public health resources. Ebling also offers a document delivery service for a fee.
    • Webinar: Using Evaluation to Reduce the Burden of Asthma: a Web-Based Introduction to CDC Framework for Program Evaluation – Nationally recognized experts present a general introduction to program evaluation; note challenges in conducting useful evaluations as well as methods for overcoming those challenges; and introduce the six steps of the CDC Framework for Program Evaluation using examples relevant to state partners of the National Asthma Control Program.
    • Wisconsin Partnership Program Web Site – Provides successful grant writing tips, resources on outcome evaluation, resources on evidence-based practices, and data on state, regional, and county health priorities.
  • Qualitative & Mixed Method Research Educational Resources
    Qualitative Research Group

    A working group for UW researchers 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 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
    • Request a Consultation 
    Introduction to Qualitative Research for the Applied Health Sciences: A Self-Study Course

    This Learn@UW 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. To enroll in the course, contact Nora Jacobson at

    Quarterly Workshops and Online Lecture Series

    Quarterly workshops are devoted to the basics of qualitative and mixed methods research.

    A full listing of video captured workshops & lectures is available here: Quarterly Workshops & Online Lecture Series (PDF)

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