SHARP Training: Skills for Health and Research Professionals

The SHARP (Skills for Health And Research Professionals) Training Program at Columbia University offers short, intensive boot camps and workshops led by field experts to teach in-demand skills on the hottest topics in research and education.


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Several scholarships are available for our summer trainings! Application deadlines vary by training.


2019 SHARP Training Dates

July 10-12, 2019 
Causal Mediation Analysis Training: 3-days of concepts, data analysis methods used to investigate mediating mechanisms.
August 19-20, 2019
Environmental Mixtures Workshop: 2-days of environmental mixtures concepts, techniques, and data analysis methods used in health studies. 
June 10-11, 2019
Epigenetics Boot Camp: 2-days of concepts, techniques, and data analysis methods utilized in human epigenetics studies.
July 25-26, 2019
The Exposome Boot Camp: 2-days of concepts, techniques, and data analysis methods used in untargeted exposomics studies.
June 27-28, 2019
Functional Genetics Boot Camp: 2-days of concepts and data analysis methods for computational integration of genome and transcriptome data to characterize molecular effects of genetic variants.
July 22-23, 2019
GIS Workshop: 2-days of fundamental concepts and hands-on techniques of health data visualization and analysis using publicly available open source GIS programs.
June 6-7, 2019
Machine Learning Boot Camp: 2-days of concepts, techniques, and R data analysis methods with Machine Learning applications in biomedical research.
August 5-6, 2019
Mendelian Randomization Boot Camp: 2-days of concepts, techniques, packages, data sources, and data analysis methods needed to conduct MR studies.
July 15-16, 2019
NIH Grant Writing Boot Camp: 2-days to help you powerfully frame your grant proposal so that it generates enthusiasm in your reviewers and- to get you funded.
June 24-25, 2019
Principal Investigator (PI) Crash Course: 2-days of exposure to fundamental leadership and management skills and tools needed for success in your lab. 
June 19-21, 2019
Comfort Care Training: 3-days of the methods, elements, and strategies needed to create a comprehensive palliative care plan for the entire perinatal team. CME/CNE credits available.
July 12-14 & July 19-21, 2019
Radiation Safety Officer Training: 40hrs training requirement for a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) type C license to become a RSO and successfully implement a radiation protection program in different settings.
August 1-2, 2019
Single Cell Analysis Boot Camp: 2-days to launch students on a path towards mastery of scRNASeq data analysis methods used in health studies.


Getting Around


LocationAll SHARP Trainings take place on the Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) campus, located approximately 20-25 minutes by subway north of Columbia University's main Morningside campus. Specific workshop location details and maps can be found on the respective training page above.


TransportationThree subway trains are convenient to the CUIMC campus: the 1*, A, and C trains. We recommend you book your lodging convenient to one of these train lines if you plan to take public transportation. *Please note that for summer 2019, the medical campus stop at 168th Street for the 1 Train will be closed, requiring you to get off at 157th.


HotelsA list of hotels with Columbia-affiliated discounts can be found on this page. The Edge Hotel is the closest hotel to the CUIMC campus (5-minute walk to Mailman School of Public Health) and offers a discounted rate for workshop participants on non-blackout summer dates. For the Edge Hotel, on weekdays from 9am-5pm call the Sales Department at (917) 409-2560, and on weekends call the hotel main number (212) 543-0005 to inquire about the Columbia rate when making a reservation. 


NYC SurroundingsThe city offers an array of activities and places to explore. More information can be found here.