Students who complete the Certificate in Clinical Effectiveness will develop the strong methodological skills needed for clinical outcomes research. Students will achieve competency in designing clinical and observational studies, conducting secondary analysis of existing data, and evaluating clinical epidemiology or clinical research projects of clinical or public health significance.

Requirements include:

  • Minimum Degree including a Doctoral degree, MD, DO, DPT, PhD, PharmD. Will accept students concurrently enrolled in a MD or doctoral degree program.
  • Minimum 15 total credits, including two core courses and three additional elective courses. All electives will be reviewed and approved prior to registration to ensure relevance to the certificate.

Credit: All core courses must be taken for a letter grade, and elective courses may be taken pass/fail.

Required Core Courses:

  • Introductory clinical epidemiology (3 credits, Fall 1)
  • Introductory biostatistics for clinical research (3 credits, Fall 1)

Elective Courses:

  • Intermediate clinical epidemiology (3 credits, Fall 2)
  • Randomized Controlled Trials (3 credits, Fall 1 & 2)
  • Decision Analysis for Clinical Investigation and Economic Evaluation (3 credits, Fall 1 & 2)
  • Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis (3 credits, Spring 1 & 2)
  • Development, Validation and Application of Risk Prediction Models (3 credits, Spring 1 & 2)
  • Using Administrative Data for Health Services Research (3 credits, Spring 1 & 2)
  • Multilevel and Longitudinal Data Analysis for Clinical and Public Health   Research (3 credits, Spring 1 & 2)
  • Introduction to Health Disparities and the Structural and Social Determinants of Health (2 credits, Fall 1 & 2)
  • Introduction to Propensity Score methods (1 credit, Spring 1 & 2)


Applications for the 2023-24 academic year are due no later than June 15, 2023. Please contact the MPHS Coordinator ( to make arrangements.