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Methodology Certificate

The Methodology Certificate is designed to provide targeted training for scientists and clinicians who wish to expand their knowledge of research methods and design. It 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.    

The Methodology Certificate is comprised of 4.5 course units. The numbers in parentheses below indicate the number of course units assigned for that course. 

Suggested Course Plan

  • HRS 461: Topics in Health Services Research: Methods & Measurement (0.5)
  • HSR 302: Introduction to Biostatistics (1.0)
  • HSR 425: Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Health Services & Outcomes Research (1.0)
  • HSR 421: Intermediate Biostatistics (1.0)
  • HSR 465: Intermediate Quantitative Methods in Health Services & Outcomes Research (1.0)

Alternative Courses Requiring Permission from Program Director

  • HSR 456: Applied Qualitative Methods & Analysis for Health Researchers (1.0)
  • HSR 433: Health Economics and Healthcare Financing (1.0)
  • HSR 460: Ethical Issues in Health Services Research (0.5) 
  • HSR 470: Topics in Health Services Research: Federal Policy Making and Healthcare Reform (1.0)
  • HSIP 401: Introduction to Health Measurement Science (1.0) 
  • PUB_HLTH 425: Introduction to GIS and Spatial Analysis for Public Health (1.0) (requires Chicago-area residence)
  • PUB_HLTH 438: Survey Design & Methodology (1.0) (requires Chicago-area residence)