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A new programme, run by the Nuffield Department of Population Health in partnership with the Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Foundation Trust, launches in April 2022. 

The OxREIN programme consists of two online short courses, and an optional short part-time research placement. It is designed to help OUH nurses, midwives and allied health professionals (NMAHPs) with little or no research experience access the skills necessary for a clinical research career pathway.

Two online part-time short courses

1. Introduction to Epidemiology

Epidemiology is the science underpinning public health, which centres around the study of the patterns, causes and effects of diverse health problems in the population.

This week long course will provide a foundation to the research methods underlying modern evidence-based medicine. It is fully online with approximately three hours of contact time a day plus one hour of homework.  

  • Course fees: £250 

Find out more.

2. Practical Statistics for Health Research Using R

This two week course is fully online, with approximately three hours of contact time a day plus one hour of homework.

  • Week 1 covers the basic skills required to explore, organise, and present data and how to evaluate statistics in medical studies.
  • Week 2 covers more advanced regression techniques and the presentation skills required to analyse and publish real world health-related research.


The course introduces and employs the freely-available statistical package R, to explore and analyse data.

  • Course fees: £450

Further details to follow.

Short part-time research placement with Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Oxford

Following completion of the two short courses, students have the option to apply their new research skills to a real dataset by completing a short part-time research placement over 12 weeks. Participants will work one-two days a week with supervisors from the hospital trust and the University to analyse real hospital data and answer a question relevant to their practice and department.

Students will submit a 1,500-3,000 word report formatted for an academic publication and be supported to publish an abstract or present a poster at an annual conference and, if applicable, a final report to a peer-reviewed journal.


Please email Jennifer Carter to express your interest or ask a question, and you will be notified when registration opens in December 2021.

Webinar hosted by OUH on 1 July 2021 on the value of clinical academic careers for NMAHPs and the OxREIN programme. Speakers in senior and junior roles address how they had navigated clinical academic pathways.