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Graduate Certificate in Comparative Effectiveness Research

*Eligibility restricted to current University of Washington graduate students*

Program Features

Comparative effectiveness research is a growing field that aims to generate evidence to improve health care decisions for patients and providers. It examines the benefits and risks of different medical or healthcare interventions, including drugs and medical technology. The results of these comparison studies are used by medical professionals to make better informed healthcare decisions and thereby improve patient care.

Learning Objectives

The Graduate Certificate in CER provides University of Washington pre-doctoral graduate students with multidisciplinary support and training that will enalbe them to:

  • Use rigorous, state-of-the-art research methods to conduct CER projects,

  • Design and execute well-designed CER studies,

  • Disseminate the results of CER studies to local, regional and national stakeholders through presentatons and publications in the peer reviewed and gray literature,

  • Engage a variety of stakeholders (clinicians, payers, patients, caregivers, employers) in discussions about CER,

  • Understand appreciate, and perhaps be involved in policy discussions around implementing the results of CER studies at the local, regional and national levels.

Within the CER Certificate there are two opportunities:

  1. Enroll to complete the course work for the Certficate;
  2. Apply for the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship


1. Register to Enroll in the CER Certificate

You may register at any time during the year. There is no deadline for registering. By registering, your name will be added to the list of those completing the Certificate. We will use a listserv to communicate with you. You will receive an electronic welcome letter. In addition, so that we can provide information to our funding agency, each June, you will be asked to update your profile to indicate your progress toward obtaining the CER Certificate. Your profile includes a record of the coursework you have completed; information about your capstone project, or any CER-related projects, posters and presentations you have spearheaded; and any other important CER-related activities you would like to report.

Click here to view the instructions and to complete the registration form.


2. Apply for the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

Application Deadline May 23, 2014
Applicants Notified: June 6, 2014

One pre-doctoral fellowship will be awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The one year pre-doctoral fellowship will consist of an RA-ship for the Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015 and Summer 2015 quarters. The RA'ship pays a stipend and tuition for the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters; and health benefits for all four quarters. The student must be enrolled for at least 10 credits in the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters.

Each pre-doctoral fellowship will be awarded to a pre-doctoral student who plans to both complete the CER Certificate and to conduct CER-related dissertation work; each student must be concurrently enrolled in the CER Certificate program. The pre-doctoral fellowship is primarily intended for students going into the second or third year of their program. The application is merit-based, and considers a personal statement outlining the student's intent to conduct a CER-related dissertation, scholarship, and previous work and publications in CER.

Click here to view the instructions and to complete the application for the pre-doctoral fellowship.








Graduate Certificate in CER Credit Totals, per PhD Program
This table reflects requirements for PORPP and HSERV students. Curriculum can be tailored to interested students in other UW PhD programs on an individual basis.
Pre-requisites for the CER Certificate include the following classes:
BIOSTATS 511/512/513 OR 517/518
EPI 512/513

Course Title PORPP HSERV
HSERV 523: Advanced Health Services Research Methods, quarter 1 Core Core
HSERV 524: Advanced Health Services Research Methods, quarter 2 4 Core
HSERV 525: Advanced Health Services Research Methods, quarter 3 4 Core
PHARM 534/HSERV 583: Economic Evaluation in Health & Medicine Core 3
PHARM 535/HSERV 584: Assessing Outcomes in Health & Medicine Core 3
PHARM 536 Advanced Methods in CER 3 3
EPI 541/HSERV 529/MEBI 541: Introduction to Meta Analysis 3 3
BIOSTAT/STAT 578A: Bayesian Statistics for the Health Sciences 4 4
CAPSTONE Project 1 1

Capstone Project

Several courses in the CER Certificate coursework, core PhD coursework, and elective coursework require scholars to complete a class project within each quarter; these courses are so designated. CER scholars may use any of these class projects as a springboard to their capstone project. What will distinquish the capstone project from a class project is that the capstone project is to be of publishable quality and is to be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal for publication. The capstone project may be used as a cornerstone to thesis or dissertation research, but will constitute, at most, a part of this larger degree requirement.

Health Sciences Fields Involved in CER


Leadership Team:

Louis P. Garrison, Jr., PhD, Director, Certificate Program, Professor, Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research & Policy

Beth Devine, PharmD, MBA, PhD, Associate Professor, Pharmacetuical Outcomes Research & Policy

Anirban Basu, PhD, Associate Professor, Health Services

Additional Steering Committee Members:

David Grembowski, PhD, Professor, Health Services

Larry Kessler, ScD, Professor and Chair, Health Services

Sean Sullivan, PhD, Professor, Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research & Policy

David Veenstra, PharmD, PhD, Professor, Pharmaceutical Research & Policy


Penny Evans

Graduate Program Advisor

Phone: 206-616-1383