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Graduate Certificate Programs

Investigators trained in patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and comparative-effectiveness research (CER) are needed to carry out studies that improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities in society. This research is conducted at academic health centers, in healthcare systems, in the pharmaceutical industry and in the private sector and is funded by agencies such as Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

The Graduate Certificate Program in Patient Centered Research is designed to train students in the principles and methods of patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and comparative effectiveness research (CER). Students in the program may come from clinical or scientific backgrounds.

Program Objectives

The objectives of this certificate are to educate and train the next generation of health service researchers in the principles and methods of:

  • Patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR)
  • Comparative effectiveness research (CER)

Qualified Applicants

Persons with an undergraduate degree who want to expand their knowledge base and career opportunities in patient-centered research should consider this certificate. Students may come from clinical or scientific backgrounds. Faculty, medical fellows and residents and employees engaged in basic, clinical and translational research would benefit from this training.

This certificate introduces students to the methods associated with comparative effectiveness research and patient-centered outcomes research. It would be relevant for individuals who want to be involved in patient-centered research, either as an investigator or a team member. No thesis research is required for the certificate.

About Graduate Certificate Programs

Health-related industries are projected to continue their steady growth for years to come, increasing the need for highly-qualified professionals. In response, Jefferson College of Life Sciences (JCLS), through the Graduate Center for Education & Training, has developed certificate programs, offered at times convenient to practicing professionals and focused on growth areas in healthcare industries.

The certificate programs comprise about one-third of the requirement for a Master of Science degree. They use courses selected from our existing programs in the Graduate School:

As there are fewer course requirements for certificate programs than for formal degree programs, degree candidates may also pursue certificates as part of their graduate curriculum. Courses within certificate programs must be taken for academic credit and may be applied to appropriate existing Master of Science programs. These programs make completing or enhancing a degree or getting new skill sets accessible and affordable.

Additionally, courses completed for a certificate program may later be applied toward a graduate degree program. Please note that acceptance to and successful completion of a Certificate program does not guarantee admission to a JCLS degree program. 

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