Developing Capacity in Patient-Oriented Research

Capacity for patient-oriented research means all partners – patients, researchers, health system professionals, policymakers, and more – are trained and working collaboratively towards the common goal of high quality health care and improved patient outcomes within an integrated learning health system.

In line with CIHR’s Capacity Development Framework, AbSPORU offers diverse, responsive and integrated training opportunities designed to create a culture of learning and collaboration within Alberta’s health system and research communities. Our training environment includes a suite of eLearning modules, certificate courses, graduate studentships, an annual conference, and more.

eLearning Modules and Videos

AbSPORU’s collection of eLearning modules and videos provide introductory literacy, skills and knowledge on key topics in patient-oriented research.

NorthWest SPOR Collaborative Forum (Annual Conference)

Join us for the 2024 NorthWest SPOR Collaborative Forum on Patient-Oriented Research, hosted by the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit. This year’s theme is Reflect, Reimagine, Refresh: The Future of POR and will be hosted in-person in Calgary, Alberta from May 23 – 24. The conference will include a live stream, plenary panel sessions, workshop presentations, networking activities, a poster session, highlighted oral abstract presentations, and much more!

AbSPORU Graduate Studentship in Patient-Oriented Research

The highly competitive AbSPORU Graduate Studentship funds Master’s and PhD students to train in patient-oriented research. The program provides an award of $30,000 towards a thesis-based degree, along with a comprehensive year-long training component. Through embedded learning and mentorship, recipients gain the knowledge, experience, and connections needed to build exciting careers that leverage their expertise in patient-oriented research.

Certificate Courses and Patient-Oriented Research Microcredential

Our certificate courses provide a deeper dive into patient-oriented research topics and approaches. Delivered primarily online, each course concentrates on a specific content area and offers practical and applied learning for you to advance patient-oriented research in practice. Participants benefit from opportunities for networking, mentoring and connecting with others across the research and health system community. Courses are offered annually and vary in length from 2 to 6 months.

Receive a Certificate of Completion for each course you successfully complete. Complete all of our certificate courses to earn the AbSPORU Leadership in Patient-Oriented Research Microcredential.

AbSPORU Foundations of Patient-Oriented Research (POR) Certificate

Patient Engagement in Patient-Oriented Research Certificate

Implementation Science in Patient-Oriented Research Certificate

Data for Health Analytics Certificate

Graduate Courses in Patient-Oriented Research

SPH 566: Fundamentals of Patient-Oriented Research Graduate Course

This 3-credit graduate course is offered each Spring/Summer semester by the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. The course is open to graduate students outside the School of Public Health. Students not enrolled at the University of Alberta may register for this course through the Western Deans’ Agreement.

SPH 566 provides a critical