Students who are interested in solving problems in community health, health services, or health policy, may want to supplement their training with the 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 Certificate in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research focuses on the development of these skills.

The certificate addresses a well-documented gap in what should be a continuum between basic health and medical research discoveries and the application of those discoveries in clinical and public health practice. To bridge this gap new discoveries must move beyond efficacy studies to research that tests effectiveness in real-world settings, exploring factors that facilitate or impede positive health outcomes. This research requires engagement among community members, organizations, clinicians and researchers as partners in the research process and draws on a distinct set of skills. This certificate focuses on the development of skills to engage successfully in clinical and community health outcomes research.

Application Guidelines

The Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) is the administrative home of the Certificate in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research. Detailed information about the curriculum, admission requirements, application procedures, and student services coordinators is posted on the ICTR website.

Whether a student enrolls in the graduate/professional certificate or capstone certificate program will depend on their educational goals. (Course requirements are the same for all.) 

Graduate/Professional Certificate Prerequisites and Application and Enrollment Procedures

Graduate and professional students from any discipline are eligible to apply for enrollment in the graduate/professional certificate program. To be considered for admission, complete the following application procedures.

  1. Print and complete the certificate application form (available on the program website).
  2. Send the completed application to Deidre Vincevineus, 2112T HSLC, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53705;
  3. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by the certificate advisory committee.
  4. Notification of admission to the certificate program: If the student has completed the application procedures described above, notification of the admission decision will be received within three weeks. Students with questions about the status of the application should contact Deidre Vincevineus at
  5. After the student is admitted, the certificate advisory committee will review the stated research interests and recommend an advisor. An objective is to match students with an advisor from a discipline other than their own, to expose students to a variety of perspectives. Students will be notified with the name and contact information of their advisor. They should schedule a meeting with the certificate advisor within the first month after being admitted to identify learning and career objectives, and to discuss the program in relation to student goals.
  6. Note to Ph.D. students: Ph.D. students may want to start the graduate/professional certificate program early enough to be finished before starting the dissertation because university policy states: “If a dissertator wants to pursue a graduate degree or certificate in another area, the dissertator fee status will be discontinued and regular graduate fees will be assessed, with possible consequences listed above.” See the Graduate School's policy on Dissertator Status.
Core Requirement3
Translational and Outcomes Research in Health and Health Care
Select one course from each of the following areas: 17-9
Working with Communities
Bridging the Gap Between Research and Action
Prevention Science
Health Systems Engineering
Quality of Health Care: Evaluation and Assurance
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Diverse Communities
Health Program Planning, Evaluation, and Quality Improvement
Healthcare Operations Management
Managing Technological and Organizational Change
Sustainable Approaches to System Improvement
Pharmacist Communication: Educational and Behavioral Interventions
Quality of Health Care: Evaluation and Assurance
Evidence-Based Decision-Making
Community Organization and Change
Community Development
Quantitative Methods Relevant to Clinical and Community Outcomes Research
Introduction to the Design of Educational Experiments
Public Health Surveillance and Analytics
Research Methods for Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy Research
Introduction to Health Services Research
Introduction to Statistical Methods for Public Policy Analysis
Advanced Statistical Methods for Public Policy Analysis
Public Program Evaluation
Methods of Social Work Research
Methods of Planning Analysis
Survey Methods for Social Research
Statistics for Sociologists I
Measurement and Questionnaires for Survey Research
Methods of Planning Analysis
Practical Research Design and Methods of Empirical Inquiry
Qualitative Methods Relevant to Clinic and Community Outcomes Research
Research Methods and Research Design in Cultural Anthropology
Qualitative Research Methods in Education: Field Methods I
Introduction to Qualitative Research
Field Research Designs & Methodologies in Educational Administratn
Biomedical Ethics and Society
Advanced Qualitative Design and Methods
Seminar-Qualitative Methodology
Integrated Quantitative and Qualitative Methods Relevant to Translational and Outcomes Research 2
Research and Evaluation Paradigms in Curriculum and Instruction
Research Methods and Procedures in Educational Administration
Patient Safety and Error Reduction in Healthcare
Cost Effectiveness Analysis in Health and Healthcare
Research Methods in Sociology
Approaches to Research in Women's Studies/Gender Studies
Project 3
Complete 2 credits 22
Select one of the following:1
Research 4
Research and Thesis (Section 030) 5
Total Credits13-15

The Graduate Program Handbook is the repository for all of the certificate program's policies and requirements.

additional resources and opportunities

UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

Resources to support clinical, translational and outcomes research


Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research Resources

Video lectures on topics relevant to translational and outcomes research (After you open this page, scroll to the bottom.)

HIP Xchange

Tools, videos, and data downloads to identify socioeconomic disadvantaged locations, improve patient engagement in research, identify patients with chronic conditions, and more.

Training-grant opportunities

  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 your 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.

Faculty Advisors

  • Barbara Bowers, Ph.D., R.N., School of Nursing, Certificate Program Director
  • Douglas Wiegmann, Ph.D., College of Engineering, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Betty Chewning, Ph.D., School of Pharmacy
  • Tracy Schroepfer, Ph.D., School of Social Work
  • Barbara King, Ph.D., School of Nursing
  • Maureen Smith, M.D., MPH, Ph.D., School of Medicine and Public Health

For online profiles, visit Handbook, Advisement.