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Applied Public Health & Medical Education Research Certificate

 Certificate Description 

This 15-credit (5 courses) Graduate Certificate in Applied Public Health and Medical Education Research aims to improve the understanding and skills of medical education faculty allowing them to blend public health, research, and teaching. Courses are selected based on individual needs addressing topics such as formulating research questions and designing studies, measuring health and educational outcomes with reliability and validity, competency-based evaluation, program evaluation and evaluation research, adult learning theory and training, curriculum development and assessment, and qualitative and quantitative research methods. Medical faculty will learn alongside MPH and Education graduate students to apply principles to the healthcare and medical education fields.  

Student Learning Outcomes

Medical faculty who complete certificate will be able to:

  • Construct research questions and study designs for healthcare and educational scholarship
  • Summarize basic quantitative principles in research: hypothesis testing, Type 1 and Type 2 errors, power, sample size, confidence interval, and statistical significance
  • Execute principles of reliability and validity in measuring healthcare and educational outcomes
  • Design, implement and analyze questionnaires and surveys for healthcare and education
  • Explain qualitative research techniques such as focus groups, interviews, observation field notes, and open-ended questions that can be used for curriculum, program, or performance evaluation
  • Produce curricula designed for adult learners
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of educational strategies or programs utilized in teaching adults