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Certificate Programs in Health Policy and Research

The Department of Healthcare Policy and Research offers a number of certificate programs that are specialized into various sub-domains of healthcare research. Health-related organizations of all kinds are generating more data than ever before and they increasingly need individuals with skills in quantitative methods and policy analysis to transform data into information that can support effective decision-making.

By combining evening course offerings with world-class faculty, our certificate programs are oriented towards working professionals who are seeking cross-training for their current position or are seeking professional development to make a career transition.

Information about each certificate specialization area can be found below:

The Certificate in Health Analytics is designed to prepare students for careers in the state-of-the-art analysis of health data. Health analytics is an interdisciplinary research field focused on identifying and improving analysis techniques used on data collected from various areas of healthcare delivery, operations, and research. Examples include data from electronic health records, administrative claims from public and private insurers, vital records, surveys, and data from wearable health technologies (for example FitBit). Students learn to use rigorous statistical methods and computation tools, to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of data sources, and gain hands-on experience in data analytics.

The Certificate in Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes Research trains students in the tools and methods used to evaluate the impact of health interventions on effectiveness outcomes, benefits, and harms to patients and populations. Additionally, students learn how to analyze the impact of healthcare interventions on costs to the healthcare system and society, and ways to measure economic value to different stakeholders.

The Certificate in Health Informatics trains students in the effective use of informatics and information technology to organize, coordinate, manage, and deliver high quality care. Health Informatics is the field that is concerned with the optimal use of information, often aided by the use of technology and people, to improve individual health, healthcare, public health, and biomedical research. The ultimate goal of this specialization is to improve quality and value in healthcare through data-driven decision-making, by optimizing the use of currently available information technologies or by creating new tools and methods.

Lastly, the Certificate in Health Policy and Economics is designed to train students to identify the most effective ways to organize, manage, finance, and deliver high quality healthcare. The program provides a strong foundation in economic concepts and current policy issues pertaining to healthcare. Understanding how current incentives influence the cost and quality of care in the US healthcare system is essential to keep up with the changing healthcare landscape and to provide the best care possible to patients. Students learn to develop and evaluate policies and programs under the guidance of nationally renowned experts.