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Clinical and Community Outcomes Research


Administrative Unit:Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
College/School: School of Medicine and Public Health
Minors and Certificates:Graduate/Professional Certificate

Overview

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 and application procedures is posted on the ICTR website.

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 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.

Foundational knowledge to be acquired

  • Evolution and history of clinical and community outcomes research in health and health care
  • Significance and specific contributions of clinical and community outcomes research to health care system development and, more specifically, patient health
  • Research designs and methods appropriate for clinical and community outcomes research
  • Common obstacles faced by clinical and community outcomes researchers and strategies to overcome them
  • Presenting clinical and community outcomes research findings to various audiences
  • Implications of organizational context of research
  • Developing community partnerships
  • Designing research that is compatible with identified organizational goals and values
  • Understanding communities and community partners

Application/performance skills to be acquired

  • Framing a research question and designing a study that is consistent with clinical and community outcomes research in health and health care
  • Distinguishing clinical and community outcomes research from other types of research
  • Determining appropriate research design and methods for identified clinical and community outcomes research questions
  • Formulating quasi-experimental and experimental field research designs
  • Devising data gathering methods for working in community organizations that are cognizant of organizational culture and values, staffing, and work flow
  • Implementing research and design methods that provide direct benefits for the community/organizational site

Human dimension (ethics and transdisciplinarity) skills to be acquired

  • Committing to relationship accountability with community partners through the research process, which encompasses consent, recruitment, retention, compensation, data reporting, dissemination of results, and provision of sustainable resources and programming
  • Recognizing the value of collaborating with researchers in other disciplines
  • Identifying sources and resources for collaboration with researchers across disciplines

Interdisciplinarity

An objective of this certificate program is to enroll students and professionals from a variety of disciplines and workforce sectors, including non-health fields such as education, public policy, anthropology, sociology, social work, and business. Course participation will be enriched by the perspectives of people who will have a variety of approaches to community health research questions.

Curriculum

The Certificate in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research curriculum consists of five courses and one project for a total of 14-to-15 credit hours. Depending on your course load, you may be able to complete course requirements within two years.

Translational and Outcomes Research in Health and Health Care, 3 credits
Course number: Pop Hlth 709

Electives, 8–9 credits
Students must take one course from each of three areas: (1) working with communities, (2) quantitative methods relevant to clinical and community outcomes research, and (3) qualitative methods relevant to clinical and community outcomes research. The certificate advisor can help students choose courses that qualify as fulfilling these requirements. At least one of the courses must be from outside the major. For important details and a list of suggested courses, see "Electives: Certificate in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research," under "Curriculum" on the program website.

Project, 2 credits
See "Project" under "Curriculum" on the program website.

Seminar, 1 credit

To fulfill the seminar requirement, students may choose from the following two seminars.

  1. Access, Quality, and Outcomes Research Network (AQORN) Seminar (POP HLTH 990-092), offered through the Health Innovations Program (HIP). AQORN is an informal lunchtime seminar that is open to University of Wisconsin faculty, staff, and students interested in health services research. AQORN meets for 90 minutes, sometimes as frequently as twice a month. At each meeting, someone who has a research project in progress presents information about their project. Then the group discusses and exchanges information and ideas relevant to the project. See the program website for course-credit requirements and enrollment procedures.
  2. The Patient Safety Research Seminar (ISyE 961), offered through the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Since ISyE 961 is not offered on a regular basis, the alternative is for a student to sign up for a one-credit independent study with Professor Pascale Carayon (carayon@ engr.wisc.edu). The student will be required to watch all of the patient safety seminars (SEIPS—Systems Engineering Initiative for Patient Safety) that have been videotaped over the years. The student will write two one-page summaries of two seminars that are due on the last day of class. The SEIPS seminars are available on the IME video library website > Series > Community Academic Partnership (CAP) Patient Safety.

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 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 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 Sharon Schumacher, Box 2455 Clinical Science Center, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, WI 53792; scschumache2@wisc.edu.
  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 questionss about the status of the application should contact Sharon Schumacher at scschumache2@wisc.edu.
  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 of the certificate program 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 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.

Capstone Certificate Prerequisites, Application and Enrollment Procedures, Tuition

1. Prerequisites

  • Students not currently enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program may enroll in the Capstone certificate program through Adult Career and Special Student Services. ACSSS is part of the UW Division of Continuing Studies.
  • Note: The Capstone certificate program is not a full-time program and therefore cannot grant admission to international students needing an F–1 or J–1 visa.
  • An earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university is required for enrollment in the Capstone certificate.
  • Every applicant to the Capstone certificate program whose native language is not English, or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English, must provide official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). An admitted Capstone applicant must have a TOEFL (paper-based) test score above 580; TOEFL computer-based test (CBT) score above 237; or MELAB score above 82.

2. Application process for Capstone Certificate students

  • Step 1: Apply for admission through Adult Career and Special Student Services. Carefully read ACSSS’s information about the application process for Capstone certificate programs at  this link.
  • Step 2: After the application has been received and processed by ACSSS, the student will receive additional application materials and instructions from the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR). ICTR will ask the student to submit an application for admission for the Capstone Certificate in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research, along with the following materials.
  • A photocopy of the student's official transcript from each college you have attended
  • The student's CV/resume
  • Two letters of recommendation

3. Notification of admission to the Capstone Certificate program

Within three weeks after the program receives the completed application, the student will receive notification of the admission decision. Students with questions about the status of their application, should contact Sharon Schumacher, scschumache2@wisc.edu.

4. Tuition

The fee structure for the Capstone certificate will be the same as that of credit-based graduate tuition rate, which is posted atthis link.

For information about the possibility of financial aid, see Capstone FAQs for Prospective Students.

5. Advisement

After admission, the certificate advisory committee will review the student's research interests and recommend an advisor. Following that, the student will be notified with the name and contact information of the advisor. The student must schedule a meeting with the certificate advisor within the first month of the certificate program to identify learning and career objectives and to discuss the program in relation to the student's goals.

6. Contacts

Capstone students will be working with two offices on campus:

  • Adult Career and Special Student Services. ACSSS can assist students with determining which University Special student status that best fits their needs, enrollment questions, connecting with other departments and offices on campus, and university policies and procedures (e.g. add, drop, and withdrawal process).
  • The Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR). ICTR can assist students with course requirements specific to the Certificate in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research program, matching students with a certificate advisor, and other matters concerning the certificate program. Contact Sharon Schumacher, scschumache2@wisc.edu, 608-262-1415.

For more information: UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, Box 2455, Clinical Science Center, 600 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI 53792; scschumache2@wisc.edu; ictr.wisc.edu/T2TRCertificate.