Clinical & Community Outcomes Research

Solve problems in community health, health services, or health policy with the 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 Capstone 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 clinics and communities.

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.

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 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.

Is this program right for you?

The UW–Madison Capstone 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 clinics and communities.

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.

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 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.

Admissions Requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  • Have completed at least one or two courses in research design and/or analysis (recommended).
  • 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 a Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) score above 82.

To apply:

  • Online application to UW–Madison as University Special Student.
  • Supplemental Institute for Clinical and Translational Research application.
  • Official transcripts.
  • CV/Resume.
  • Two letters of reference.

Applications accepted for fall enrollment. Note: This is not a full-time program and therefore cannot admit international students needing an F-1 or J-1 visa.

Program Highlights

  • Certificate requirements are flexible. You may propose qualifying courses for elective credits and can change your master’s or PhD project to fit our research requirement criteria.
  • Many of our current students include research project assistants, post-doctoral trainees and fellows, and more. You connect not only with current professionals in a wide variety of fields, but also with accredited, knowledgeable instructors.
  • Our program is face-to-face, giving you the chance to work alongside UW–Madison’s renowned faculty in the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.

How You'll Learn

  • Two to three years of study on campus to earn your certificate; classes taught on weekdays.
  • Certificate requirements are flexible. You may propose qualifying courses for elective credits and can change your master’s or PhD project to fit our research requirement criteria.

Sample Curriculum

Required Courses

  • Translational and Outcomes Research in Health and Health Care
  • Research Project
  • Seminar

Elective Areas (choose from approved electives)

  • Working with Communities
  • Quantitative Methods Relevant to Translational and Outcomes Research
  • Qualitative Methods Relevant to Translational and Outcomes Research

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