People who are interested in solving problems in community health, health services, or health policy, may want to supplement their training with the Capstone Certificate in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research.
Current research investments reflect an emphasis on research that looks for ways to translate what has been learned in controlled settings into positive outcomes in clinical practice and community health. This research requires the ability to:
- consider multiple factors that interact to influence a community or organization;
- form and manage research partnerships with communities and organizations;
- evaluate whether a health intervention or prevention method works or will be used; and
- articulate policy implications of health issues and interventions.
The Capstone Certificate in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research focuses on the development of these skills.
The certificate curriculum consists of five courses and one project for a total of 13 to 15 credit hours. Depending on a student's course load, requirements can be completed in two to three years. The certificate requirements are flexible in that you may propose qualifying courses to be considered as elective credit. All courses are face-to-face and taught on the UW–Madison campus during weekdays.
Further detail, including tuition and costs, is available at the Clinical & Community Outcomes website or by contacting the institute which hosts the program:
Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
University of Wisconsin–Madison
4240 Health Sciences Learning Center
750 Highland Avenue Madison, WI 53705
Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree and not be currently enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program.
Note: This capstone certificate is not a full-time program and therefore cannot admit international students needing an F–1 or J–1 visa.
A complete application includes the following:
- An online application for admission as a University Special student. On your application, select UNCS Capstone Certificate and the program: Clinical and Community Outcomes. This application is received and processed by Adult Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS). The final admission decision is made by the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.
2. Submission of the following materials to the capstone certificate program coordinator : Sharon Schumacher, 701 Highland Ave., University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53705, email@example.com:
- The fillable downloadable program application form;
- A photocopy of official transcripts from each college attended;
- A CV or resume; and
- If English is not your native language or your undergraduate instruction was not in English, please send your official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). An admitted Capstone applicant must have a TOEFL (paper-based) test score above 580; TOEFL computer-based test (CBT) score above 237; or MELAB score above 82.
Notification of admission to the capstone certificate program:
Within three weeks after submitting a complete application, the applicant receives notice of the admission decision. Questions regarding the status of the application should be directed to the certificate program coordinator: Sharon Schumacher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon admission, the Certificate Faculty Advisory Committee reviews the student's stated research interests and recommends an advisor. At a meeting with the advisor, the program curriculum will be developed in relation to the student's learning and career objectives.
The certificate in clinical and community outcomes research curriculum consists of five courses and one project for a total of 13 to- 5 credit hours. Depending on course load, students may be able to complete course requirements within two years.
|Translational and Outcomes Research in Health and Health Care|
Select one of the following
|Research (Access, Quality, and Outcomes Research Network) 2|
|Graduate Seminar in Industrial Engineering 3|
See course lists below
See "Project" under "Course Requirements" on the program website.
POP HLTH 990 Research. Choose section 990-092. This is the AQORN seminar (Access, Quality, and Outcomes Research Network), offered through the Health Innovations Program (HIP). AQORN is an informal lunchtime seminar that is open to University of Wisconsin faculty, staff, and students interested in health services research. AQORN meets for 90 minutes, sometimes as frequently as twice a month. At each meeting, someone who has a research project in progress presents information about their project. Then the group discusses and exchanges information and ideas relevant to the project. See the program website for course-credit requirements and enrollment procedures.
I SY E 961 Graduate Seminar in Industrial Engineering is offered through the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Since I SY E 961 is not offered on a regular basis, the alternative is for a student to sign up for a one-credit independent study with Professor Pascale Carayon (carayon@ engr.wisc.edu). The student will be required to watch all of the patient safety seminars (SEIPS—Systems Engineering Initiative for Patient Safety) that have been videotaped over the years. The student will write two one-page summaries of two seminars that are due on the last day of class. The SEIPS seminars are available on the Video Library website > Series > Community Academic Partnership (CAP) Patient Safety.
The certificate advisor can help students choose courses that qualify as fulfilling the three elective areas: (1) Working with Communities, (2) Quantitative, and (3) Qualitative Research Methods Relevant to Translational and Outcomes Research. At least one of the courses must be from outside the student's major. Students may propose to their certificate advisor an alternative course (i.e., not on the list of approved electives) for consideration as elective credit, including a course that also fulfills a requirement for their degree program. For criteria and procedures, see CCOR Handbook on the program website.
Integrated courses. Some courses suggested for elective credit cover a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods. To fulfill course requirements in the areas of both “Quantitative” and “Qualitative Research Methods Relevant to Translational and Outcomes Research,” students must complete one of each type of course or one integrated Quantitative/Qualitative course and an additional course from either the “Quantitative” or “Qualitative Research Methods Relevant to Translational and Outcomes Research” areas.
pre-approved Electives Course Lists
Three courses are required from the electives course lists; one course from each of three of the four course lists. One course must be taken from the Working with Communities course list.
Working with Communities
|HDFS 872||Bridging the Gap Between Research and Action||3|
|HDFS/ED PSYCH/NURSING/SOC WORK 880||Prevention Science||3|
|I SY E 417||Health Systems Engineering||3|
|I SY E/PSYCH 653||Organization and Job Design||3|
|I SY E/POP HLTH 703||Quality of Health Care: Evaluation and Assurance||1-3|
|NURSING 702||Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Diverse Communities||3|
|NURSING 761||Health Program Planning, Evaluation, and Quality Improvement||3|
|OTM 753||Healthcare Operations Management||3|
|OTM 758||Managing Technological and Organizational Change||3|
|OTM 770||Sustainable Approaches to System Improvement||4|
|S&A PHM 652||Pharmacist Communication: Educational and Behavioral Interventions||2|
|POP HLTH/I SY E 703||Quality of Health Care: Evaluation and Assurance||1-3|
|POP HLTH 780||Public Health: Principles and Practice||3|
|SOC/C&E SOC 573||Community Organization and Change||3|
|SOC/C&E SOC/URB R PL 617||Community Development||3|
|CURRIC 715||Design of Research in Curriculum and Instruction||3|
|ED PSYCH 762||Introduction to the Design of Educational Experiments||3|
|NURSING 803||Advanced Quantitative Design and Methods||3|
|S&A PHM 711||Research Methods for Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy Research||3|
|POP HLTH 796||Introduction to Health Services Research||3|
|POP HLTH 803||Monitoring Population Health||3|
|PUB AFFR 818||Introduction to Statistical Methods for Public Policy Analysis||3|
|PUB AFFR 819||Advanced Statistical Methods for Public Policy Analysis||3|
|PUB AFFR/POLI SCI 871||Public Program Evaluation||3|
|SOC WORK 650||Methods of Social Work Research||2-3|
|SOC WORK/URB R PL 721||Methods of Planning Analysis||3|
|SOC 751||Survey Methods for Social Research||3|
|SOC 752||Measurement and Questionnaires for Survey Research||3|
|URB R PL/SOC WORK 721||Methods of Planning Analysis||3|
|URB R PL/DS/F&W ECOL 955||Practical Research Design and Methods of Empirical Inquiry||3|
|ANTHRO 909||Research Methods and Research Design in Cultural Anthropology||3|
|COUN PSY/CURRIC/ED POL/ED PSYCH/ELPA/RP & SE 788||Qualitative Research Methods in Education: Field Methods I||3|
|CURRIC/COUN PSY/ED POL/ED PSYCH/ELPA/RP & SE 719||Introduction to Qualitative Research||3|
|ELPA 824||Field Research Designs & Methodologies in Educational Administratn||3|
|MED HIST 728||Biomedical Ethics and Society||1-3|
|NURSING 804||Advanced Qualitative Design and Methods||3|
|SOC/ED POL 955||Seminar-Qualitative Methodology||3|
Integrated Research Method 5
One integrated course may be substituted for one quantitative course or one qualitative course.
|CURRIC 714||Research and Evaluation Paradigms in Curriculum and Instruction||3|
|ELPA 725||Research Methods and Procedures in Educational Administration||3|
|MED PHYS/I SY E 559||Patient Safety and Error Reduction in Healthcare||2|
|POP HLTH/I SY E 875||Cost Effectiveness Analysis in Health and Healthcare||3|
|SOC/C&E SOC 750||Research Methods in Sociology||3|
|GEN&WS 900||Approaches to Research in Women's Studies/Gender Studies||3|
1. Develop a research question about a health concern of an actual community.
2. Select an evidence‐based approach to addressing the health concern.
3. Involve investigators from two or more disciplines and/or stakeholders from two or more sectors as partners in the project.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of collaboration skills for sustainable partnerships, e.g., benefits to the community partner(s) are built into the project; evidence of partner input to project design.
5. Employ data gathering and analysis methods that respect community partners' organizational culture, values, staffing, and work flow.