The UW–Madison Certificate in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research was designed to accommodate the training needs of researchers from a variety of disciplines at early stages of their careers. A certificate objective is to encourage innovative approaches to solving community health problems by involving faculty and students of diverse backgrounds and by providing course options from a range of disciplines. Participants have come from business, education, engineering, kinesiology, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and population health. The certificate coursework covers a range of research methods and practical knowledge for use in finding solutions to real-world health problems facing our communities and clinics. 

The certificate in clinical and community outcomes research 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 are 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. Adult Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS) is the admitting office for all University Special students. However, the department offering the capstone certificate program makes the final admission decision upon review of all applicant materials.

Note: This capstone certificate is not a full-time program and therefore cannot admit international students needing an F–1 or J–1 visa.

Application steps

A complete application includes the following:

  1. An online application for admission as a University Special student, selecting UNCS Capstone Certificate and the program: Clinical and Community Outcomes. This application is received and processed by ACSSS with final decision held for approval from the specific capstone certificate coordinator. 

2. Submission of materials to the capstone certificate program coordinator : Sharon Schumacher, 701 Highland Ave., University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53705,

  • The fillable downloadable program application form
  • A photocopy of official transcripts from each college attended,
  • ACV/resume
  • If English is not the native language or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English, 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 receiving 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


Upon admission, the Certificate Faculty Advisory Committee reviews the student's stated research interests and recommends an adviser. At a meeting with the advisor, the program curriculum will be developed in relation to the student's learning and career objectives. 

The Adult Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS) ACSSS will assist with enrollment questions, connecting with other departments and offices on campus, and University policies and procedures (e.g., add, drop, and withdrawal process).
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.000
Required Introductory Course
POP HLTH 709 Translational and Outcomes Research in Health and Health Care3
POP HLTH 990 Research1-8
or I SY E 961 Graduate Seminar in Industrial Engineering
Required Project
Enroll in 1 credit through certificate advisor.1
Required Electives
See course lists below
Total Credits5-12

Required Electives Course Lists

Three courses are required from the electives course lists; one course from 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 Action3
HDFS/​ED PSYCH/​NURSING/​SOC WORK  880 Prevention Science3
I SY E 417 Health Systems Engineering3
I SY E/​PSYCH  653 Organization and Job Design3
I SY E/​POP HLTH  703 Quality of Health Care: Evaluation and Assurance1-3
NURSING 702 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Diverse Communities3
NURSING 761 Health Program Planning, Evaluation, and Quality Improvement3
S&A PHM 652 Pharmacist Communication: Educational and Behavioral Interventions2
OTM 753 Healthcare Operations Management3
OTM 758 Managing Technological and Organizational Change3
OTM 770 Sustainable Approaches to System Improvement4
POP HLTH/​I SY E  703 Quality of Health Care: Evaluation and Assurance1-3
POP HLTH 780 Public Health: Principles and Practice3
SOC/​C&E SOC  573 Community Organization and Change3
SOC/​C&E SOC/​URB R PL  617 Community Development3

Quantitative Methods

CURRIC 715 Design of Research in Curriculum and Instruction3
ED PSYCH 762 Introduction to the Design of Educational Experiments3
ED PSYCH 861 Statistical Analysis and Design in Educational Research3
NURSING 803 Advanced Quantitative Design and Methods3
PUB AFFR 818 Introduction to Statistical Methods for Public Policy Analysis3
PUB AFFR 819 Advanced Statistical Methods for Public Policy Analysis3
PUB AFFR/​POLI SCI  871 Public Program Evaluation3
S&A PHM 711 Research Methods for Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy Research3
POP HLTH 796 Introduction to Health Services Research3
POP HLTH 803 Monitoring Population Health3
SOC WORK 650 Methods of Social Work Research2-3
SOC WORK/​URB R PL  721 Methods of Planning Analysis3
SOC 751 Survey Methods for Social Research3
SOC 752 Measurement and Questionnaires for Survey Research3
URB R PL/​SOC WORK  721 Methods of Planning Analysis3
URB R PL/​DS/​F&W ECOL  955 Practical Research Design and Methods of Empirical Inquiry3

Qualitative Methods

ANTHRO 909 Research Methods and Research Design in Cultural Anthropology3
COUN PSY/​CURRIC/​ED POL/​ED PSYCH/​ELPA/​RP & SE  788 Qualitative Research Methods in Education: Field Methods I3
CURRIC/​COUN PSY/​ED POL/​ED PSYCH/​ELPA/​RP & SE  719 Introduction to Qualitative Research3
ELPA 824 Field Research Designs & Methodologies in Educational Administratn3
MED HIST 728 Biomedical Ethics and Society1-3
NURSING 804 Advanced Qualitative Design and Methods3
SOC/​ED POL  955 Seminar-Qualitative Methodology3
SOC WORK 949 Proseminar1-3

Integrated Research Method

One integrated course may be substituted for one quantitative course or one qualitative course.

CURRIC 714 Research and Evaluation Paradigms in Curriculum and Instruction3
ELPA 725 Research Methods and Procedures in Educational Administration3
SOC/​C&E SOC  750 Research Methods in Sociology3
GEN&WS 900 Approaches to Research in Women's Studies/Gender Studies3
MED PHYS/​I SY E  559 Patient Safety and Error Reduction in Healthcare2
POP HLTH/​I SY E  875 Cost Effectiveness Analysis in Health and Healthcare3

Students will learn to:

  • Frame research questions, design research studies, and implement research methods that provide direct benefits to communities or organizations
  • Formulate quasi-experimental and experimental field research designs
  • Devise data gathering methods that are cognizant of organizational culture, values, staffing, and work flows