Workshops, Short Courses & Other Training

ICTR, 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. One-time events and meetings can be found in our ICTR calendar.

Many of these resources are housed online, either as training modules or as archived videos and readings. At the current time, we are conducting all listed in-person trainings virtually.

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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  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 consisted of recorded slide presentations prepared by David DeMets, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics. They provided an overview of the fundamentals of clinical trials and could be viewed at your own pace.

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 - Offered Annually

This free course from NIH is offered online to train registrants in how to effectively and safely conduct clinical research. The course focuses on the spectrum of clinical research and the research process by highlighting biostatistical and epidemiologic methods, study design, protocol preparation, patient monitoring, quality assurance, ethical and legal issues, and much more.

  • The course is free, self-paced and online.
  • Please review the updated NIH course page for the most up-to-date description and deadlines.
  • Participants who successfully complete the optional final exam and score at least 75% will receive a certificate of completion .
  • There is no academic credit or continuing medical education (CME) credit offered for this course.

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

Last updated Sep 15, 2021

Introduction to Qualitative Research for the Applied Health Sciences - 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

More information about Qualitative & Mixed Method Research Educational Resources.

In-Person and Virtual Trainings & Workshops

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Just Research

Created from a decade of experience with community engagement, inclusive research practices, and the Building Trust initiativeJust Research is a partnership between the Collaborative Center for Health Equity (CCHE) and the Milwaukee-based Center for Community Engagement and Health Partnerships (CCE). Just Research workshops cover challenging topics such as the role of bias in research participation, principles of healthy community engagement, and effective communication within teams and in community. This full day workshop includes interactive exercises, skills practice, and discussion.

Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI)


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 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 traditionally offered annually in June, with applications typically released in late January. Usual practice has changed in light of the ongoing pandemics; for most up-to-date information on the next iteration of HELI please visit

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 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 - Oct 20-21, 2022; REGISTRATION CLOSED

The Dissemination and Implementation Short Course is a 2-day event typically offered in the Fall for those interested in dissemination and implementation science. It is a forum for researchers and community stakeholders to explore the emerging field of dissemination and implementation with national and local experts. Attendees attend lecture, panel, and interactive sessions that address issues from across the research to practice continuum.

More Information and Registration for the Oct 20-22, 2022 Event

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.

The current faculty lead is Nicole Rogus-Pulia, PhD. She provides 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 designed for research staff in the health sciences.  It is not appropriate for graduate students, postdocs, junior faculty, or others who may be on track to become PIs. Over four months, the participants will work through 10 modules of the ICTR-CAP online self-study course, Introduction to Qualitative Research for the Applied Health Sciences, which includes modules on the uses of qualitative research, qualitative methodologies, study design, data collection and analysis, ethics, and critical appraisal. Participants will also meet face-to-face (F2F) via Webex every two weeks for project work and group discussions.

Participants will complete one practice data collection activity (an interview or an observation) and a project in which they will work through the process of designing a qualitative study. Upon completion of the training program, participants will have a basic understanding of a range of qualitative approaches. They will recognize the kinds of research questions to which these approaches are appropriately applied and be familiar with the main qualitative data collection methods and with the goals and practices of qualitative data analysis. They will have developed skills that allow them to contribute to study design, proposal development, data collection and analysis, and manuscript preparation. Participants who satisfy all course requirements will receive a certificate of completion.

This course requires significant time for thoughtful engagement with the material and with other participants. The estimated time commitment is ~4-8 hours/week. PIs are asked to make a tangible investment in the professional development of their staff members by allowing them to use work hours for at least part of this time. 

Minimum enrollment of 6; maximum enrollment of 20. The RSTC will be offered in 2024.

For more information and/or to enroll please contact Nora Jacobson at

More information about Qualitative & Mixed Method Research Educational Resources.

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

More information about Qualitative & Mixed Method Research Educational Resources.

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

Summer Research Programs

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MCRI Summer Research Intern Program

Marshfield Clinic Research InstituteThe primary goal of the 12-week summer internship program is to provide a hands-on research experience for college undergraduate or graduate students. Interns are mentored by a research scientist and contribute to the development, data collection, analysis, and presentation of results phases of a research project.

Areas of research concentration include biomedical informatics, clinical & laboratory research, cultural & medical anthropology, epidemiology, genetics, interactive clinical design, and oral & systemic health. Students receive an hourly wage, plus housing  near the medical complex. Additional information is available via the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute Summer Research Internship Program.