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Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology (Certificate)

This program will serve as a certification for a variety of Northwestern trainees who already have doctorate degrees (e.g., MD, PhD) but require further graduate education in specific research methodology.

These trainees include clinicians and scientists at Northwestern University and who may have received a NIH K-award or foundation career development awards. While these awards typically require and provide support for some formal research training, however, the time allotted for training and level of funding are more consistent with certificate requirements rather than a Master’s degree.

Who to contact

Please contact the program director, listed below, with questions about this program. Or, explore the Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology website for more information.

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.


Total Units Required: 5

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.    

Course Requirements:

Course Title
Suggested Course Plan
Topics in Health Services Research: Methods & Measurement
Introduction to Biostatistics
Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Health Services & Outcomes Research
Intermediate Biostatistics
Intermediate Quantitative Methods in Health Services & Outcomes Research
Alternative Courses Requiring Permission From Program Director:
Applied Qualitative Methods and Analysis for Health Researchers
Health Economics and Healthcare Financing
Applied Ethical Issues in Health Services Research
Federal Policy Making and Health Care Reform
Introduction to Health Measurement Science
Introduction to GIS and Spatial Analysis for Public Health
Survey Design & Methodology