Solve problems in community health, health services, or health policy with a Certificate in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research from UW–Madison. Learn to translate research into positive outcomes for people.

Is this program right for you?

The UW–Madison Certificate in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research covers a range of research methods and practical knowledge for use in finding solutions to real-world health problems facing our communities and clinics. This program is ideally suited for current and future health researchers who wish to acquire a working knowledge of the various methods of translational and outcomes research, including qualitative, dissemination, implementation, effectiveness, and community-based participatory research methods. All courses are taught on the UW–Madison campus during weekdays.


Recent grants for health research reflect the urgent need to find ways to translate what has been learned from controlled experiments into positive outcomes for clinical practice and community health (translational research). This research requires people who can form and manage research partnerships between academic researchers and community-based health stakeholders; consider multiple factors that interact to influence a community or organization; evaluate whether a health intervention or prevention method works or will be used; and articulate policy implications of health issues and interventions.


Our program helps you develop these skills. You also acquire the knowledge to design effective studies and develop competitive funding proposals. You learn how to determine which research methods are appropriate for different research objectives and how to properly collect and analyze your data.


Our current students include UW–Madison students in graduate and professional programs, post-doctoral trainees and fellows, research project assistants, and professional development grant awardees from among the fields of medicine, nursing, industrial and systems engineering, pharmacy, and population health. We also welcome students and professionals from non-health fields, such as public policy, social work, and business.


What you Learn

  • 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

Where & How you learn


  • Face-to-face


  • Classes meet on campus during weekdays
  • Certificate requirements are flexible; you may propose qualifying courses for elective credits and you may adapt your master’s or PhD project to meet the required project criteria

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All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent from an accredited college or university
  • Complete an online application
  • Non-native English speakers must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 580 (paper-based) or 237 (computer-based) or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) score above 82
  • NOTE: This is not a full-time program and therefore cannot admit international students needing an F-1 or J-1 visa.
  • Some of the required courses have pre-requisites; for example, POP HLTH 709 is recommended for those with at least one or two courses in research design and/or analysis; for more information, visit the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.

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