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.
A complete application includes the following:
- 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, firstname.lastname@example.org:
- The fillable downloadable program application form
- A photocopy of official transcripts from each college attended,
- 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 email@example.com.
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.
- Must have a minimum GPA of 3.000
|Required Introductory Course|
|POP HLTH 709||Translational and Outcomes Research in Health and Health Care||3|
|POP HLTH 990||Research||1-8|
|or I SY E 961||Graduate Seminar in Industrial Engineering|
|Enroll in 1 credit through certificate advisor.||1|
|See course lists below|
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 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|
|S&A PHM 652||Pharmacist Communication: Educational and Behavioral Interventions||2|
|OTM 753||Healthcare Operations Management||3|
|OTM 758||Managing Technological and Organizational Change||3|
|OTM 770||Sustainable Approaches to System Improvement||4|
|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|
|ED PSYCH 861||Statistical Analysis and Design in Educational Research||3|
|NURSING 803||Advanced Quantitative Design and Methods||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|
|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|
|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 955/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|
|SOC WORK 949||Proseminar||1-3|
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 Instruction||3|
|ELPA 725||Research Methods and Procedures in Educational Administration||3|
|SOC/C&E SOC 750||Research Methods in Sociology||3|
|GEN&WS 900||Approaches to Research in Women's Studies/Gender Studies||3|
|MED PHYS/I SY E 559||Patient Safety and Error Reduction in Healthcare||2|
|POP HLTH/I SY E 875||Assessment of Medical Technologies||3|
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