Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Education in Health Sciences

Graduate Certificates in Health Services and Outcomes Research

The Health Services and Outcomes Research program offers two graduate certificates with the goal of providing targeted analytical training and topical instruction to clinicians and researchers. Certificates are self-paced and can be pursued alongside a full-time position. At least five courses must be successfully completed to earn each certificate.   

Applying to the Certificate Program

Visit the program Admissions page for application instructions. Applicants to the certificate program should have at least two years of relevant research experience. Certificate students may apply for admissions in any term, but entering during the summer or fall quarters is recommended due to the annual sequence of courses. 

Methodology Certificate (Hybrid Format)

The Methodology Certificate is designed to provide targeted training for scientists and clinicians who wish to expand their knowledge of research methods and design. The Methodology Certificate can be completed in one or two years.  Its courses are offered in the hybrid format like the master's degree, so students can pursue the certificate remotely by participating in online coursework and attending the quarterly on-campus residency sessions.

By successfully completing the Methodology certificate, students demonstrate an understanding of multidisciplinary health research methods and an ability to employ these methods to design their own studies. Certificate coursework includes applied instruction in Stata statistical software and will involve independent research papers and proposals.    

Methodology Certificate Curriculum

The Methodology Certificate is comprised of 4.5 course units: 2.5 required units and two electives. The numbers in parentheses below indicate the number of course units assigned for that course. 

Elective Courses (Choose Two)

Contemporary Issues Certificate (Traditional Campus Format)

This certificate sequence aims to familiarize students with the contemporary challenges and areas of inquiry in the fields of health services and outcomes research. The curriculum and courses are designed for pre- and post-doctoral trainees, including methodologists (e.g., statisticians and informatics specialists), who have graduate-level research experience but who would benefit from further training in health services research and outcomes-related content.

Students who pursue the Contemporary Issues certificate will enhance their capabilities as independent scientists through new and deeper understanding of the relevant contemporary issues in healthcare. 

Students must reside in Chicago to pursue the Contemporary Issues certificate, as many courses are offered only in the traditional on-campus format. 

Contemporary Issues Certificate Curriculum

The Contemporary Issues Certificate is comprised of 4.5 course units: 2.5 required units and two electives. The numbers in parentheses below indicate the number of course units assigned for that course. 

Elective Courses (choose two)

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Upcoming Admissions Deadlines

November 13, 2018
Winter 2018 Certificate Application Deadline

February 5, 2018
Spring 2018 Certificate Deadline;
1st Round Summer 2018 Master's Deadline

May 7, 2018
Summer 2018 Master's and Certificate Application Deadline

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Center for Education in Health Sciences
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