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Education (courses, webinars, etc.) and training (general, fellowship and postdoctoral opportunities) in HSR.

Education and Training Opportunities - Federal (U.S.)

  • AHRQ Institutional Training Programs - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - AHRQ funded institutions that recruit and train predoctoral and/or postdoctoral health services researchers.
  • Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit (CHEAR) - (University of Michigan (U-M))  - Research conducted by the CHEAR Unit provides information to improve the delivery of child health care and enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of public and private health care programs.
  • CMS Research Data Assistance Center (ResDAC) - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - Provides free assistance and training to academic and non-profit researchers interested in using CMS data for research.
  • Effective Communication Tools for Healthcare Professionals - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))  - Online interactive training course that aims to raise the quality of provider-patient interactions by teaching providers and their staff how to gauge and respond to their patients' health literacy, cultural background, and language skills.
  • Genetics and Social Science: Expanding Transdisciplinary Research - (Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH (OBSSR))  - The overarching goal of this course is to improve social and behavioral scientists' genetics literacy in several key areas, broadly grouped into conversation, imagination, evaluation and integration. The course will provide sufficient knowledge to support the integration of genetics concepts in the behavioral or social scientist's own research and will allow for collaborative studies with geneticists. The course will provide users with the ability to conceive of progressive but feasible studies. Scientists will develop the skills necessary to assess genetics research for validity and utility.
  • HCUP On-line Tutorial Series - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - The HCUP Online Tutorial Series provides HCUP data users with information about HCUP data and tools, and training on technical methods for conducting research with HCUP data.
  • Health Indicators: a 4-Part Webinar Series - (National Library of Medicine, National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology)  - Recorded webinar series that provides an overview of health indicators, an in-depth review of a county-level indicator project, practical approaches in using health indicator data to engage with communities, and an exploration of several important new indicator efforts.
  • Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - Free web-based course to educate public health professionals on the importance of health literacy and their role in providing health information and services and promoting public health literacy.
  • How to Apply for a HRSA Grant - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))  - This site is an online technical assistance resource, offering webinars, application and submission guidance, as well as tips for writing successful proposals to HRSA.
  • HSR Core Competencies - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - In November of 2005, AHRQ held a conference to define the knowledge-based and skills-based competencies common to all health services research professionals trained at the doctoral level. Access Table 1, highlighting 14 HSR Core Competencies.
  • HSR Training Opportunities for Minorities - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - Information on training opportunities for health services researchers, with a special focus on minorities.
  • HSR&D Career Development Program - (Health Services Research and Development Service, Veterans Administration (HSR&D))  - A description of Career Development and other mentoring and training opportunities within VA HSR&D for clinicians and non-clinicians.
  • NLM University Informatics Research Training Programs - (National Library of Medicine (NLM) U.S.)  - NLM-supported predoctoral and postdoctoral training in medical informatics or special training tracks combining informatics with health services research, health administration, or public health
  • Public Health Law Program Training and Educational Resources - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - The Public Health Law Program (PHLP) develops and shares a growing portfolio of courses and other learning materials in applied public health law. This website features selected learning resources for public health lawyers, public health practitioners, students, and others.
  • Research Data Assistance Center Workshops on CMS Databases - (Research Data Assistance Center (ResDAC) US)  - These free workshops will help researchers become aware of the strengths and limitations of CMS databases, and how claims-based studies might explore important health care issues.
  • Training for Minority Researchers and Students - (National Cancer Institute, NIH (NCI))  - Describes National Cancer Institute training and career development opportunities available to minority individuals interested in pursuing cancer research careers in basic, clinical, prevention and population control sciences.
  • VA HSR&D Training Opportunities - (Health Services Research and Development Service, Veterans Administration (HSR&D))  - Training opportunities in HSR at the VA.

Education and Training Opportunities - Other

  • The Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program - (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF))  - Brings talented college seniors and recent graduates to Washington, D.C., where they are placed in congressional offices and learn about health policy issues, with a focus on issues affecting racial and ethnic minority and underserved communities.
  • Fellowship Opportunities - (Commonwealth Fund)  - Commonwealth Fund fellowship programs are designed to give promising young researchers the opportunity for in-depth study of various health care policy topics, working with investigators, policy analysts, government officials, and others in a number of U.S. and international settings.
  • First Tuesdays/Public Policy Events - (Urban Institute (UI))  - Series of public policy events on a wide variety of current topics. Drawing from Institute researchers and area experts, these lunchtime discussions offer authoritative analysis and audience interaction on topics ranging from social services and politics to faith well-being. Audio-recordings of past events are accessible at this site.
  • Health Policy Orientation Program - Provides in-depth introduction to the key players, formal and informal policymaking processes, and critical health policy issues.
  • Health Services Researcher of 2020 Summit Series - (AcademyHealth, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) U.S.)  - AcademyHealth conducted an exploratory study to assess the needs of the field as viewed from multiple perspectives. Based on recommendations from this report, AcademyHealth launched a series of high level meetings on the field's infrastructure needs. The Summits covered the topics of workforce, methods and data, and knowledge transfer.
  • National Training Center and Clearinghouse - (National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM))  - Classes, tutorials and training materials on National Library of Medicine products and services (including PubMed, NLM Gateway, LocatorPlus, Loansome Doc, ClinicalTrials.gov) and on non-NLM sites.
  • Public Health Education and Training - (Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce (PIAPHW))  - Educational events and resources specifically geared toward public health.
  • Research Methods Knowledge Base - (Cornell Office for Research on Evaluation US)  - Comprehensive web-based textbook that addresses all of the topics in a typical introductory undergraduate or graduate course in social research methods. It covers the entire research process including: formulating research questions; sampling (probability and nonprobability); measurement (surveys, scaling, qualitative, unobtrusive); research design (experimental and quasi-experimental); data analysis; and, writing the research paper.
  • SPICE Training Program: Strengthening Professionals In Comparative Effectiveness - (University of Rochester Medical Center, Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) US)  - Training opportunity for postdoctoral and clinical fellows, residents, and faculty. The goal of this program is to increase the number of researchers qualified to oversee or conduct comparative effectiveness research (CER).
  • Training & Education in Comparative Effectiveness Research - (NYU Langone Medical Center, Section on Value and Effectiveness (SOLVE) USA)  - These programs are directed toward individuals with an interest in health policy, outcomes research, or public health. The mission of the programs is to increase the nation's supply of physician-investigators and other researchers who examine health decisions that affect urban underserved communities. Both a two-year Master's program and a one-year Certification program are available.

Online Courses and Materials

  • AMIA Webinar Education Center - (American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA))  - Webinars are free to AMIA members; payment is required for non-members.
  • Archived Kaiser.edu Tutorials - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - This website lists all tutorials available on kaiserEDU.org at the time that the website was closed in September 2013. The webinars will not be updated.
  • Comparative Effectiveness Research Online Training Center - (The Ohio State University, College of Public Health US)  - These resources were developed with funding from the National Institutes of Health to provide training in Comparative Effectiveness Research methodology and application. While the IOM Priority Area for this program was Birth Outcomes, the modules were created to addresses CER methods and application more generally. There are 16 modules.
  • Concepts in Economic Evaluation - (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)  - This free, online course describes how economic theory is linked to economic evaluation techniques like cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis and introduces concepts that are specific to economic evaluation.
  • Cyber Seminars - (Health Services Research and Development Service, Veterans Administration (HSR&D))  - Cyber seminars provide state-of-the-art training and special interest sessions as live Web conferences and as on demand archived presentations.
  • e-Source: Behavioral and Social Science Research - (Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH (OBSSR))  - This website provides access to 20 interactive chapters with authoritative answers to methodological questions on behavioral and social science research. With contributions from a team of international experts, this anthology provides the latest information on addressing emerging challenges in public health.
  • Effective Health Care Program's CME/CE Activities - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - Link to AHRQ's Training Modules for the Systematic Reviews Methods Guide as well as specific CME/CE activities on various health conditions and methods areas.
  • eHealth University - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - This education portal will give a curriculum organized by level, from beginner to advanced, in a variety of formats, including fact sheets, guides, videos, checklists, and webinars.
  • Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Tutorial - (Duke University Medical Center Library US, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Health Science Library US)  - Intended for any health care practitioner or student who needs a basic introduction to the principles of Evidence-Based Medicine.
  • Evidence-Based Nursing Tutorial - (University of Illinois at Chicago, Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago)  - This tutorial is designed to support both curriculum-based EBP instruction and the ongoing education of practicing professionals. The tutorial consists of five instructional modules: Introduction to Evidence-Based Nursing; structure of literature; research design; searching the literature; and evaluating the quality of research.
  • Finding and Using Health Statistics: A Self-Study Course - (National Library of Medicine, National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology)  - This online course describes the range of available health statistics and presents strategies to successfully find health statistics.
  • Grey Literature Web Conference Series - (AcademyHealth)  - This three-part Web conference series, held in April 2011, provided an overview of grey literature and approaches to searching the grey literature for health services research; a consumer's guide to conducting advanced searches of grey literature; and a producer's perspective on the "searchability" of grey literature and how to effectively produce and distribute research.
  • HCUP On-line Tutorial Series - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - The HCUP Online Tutorial Series provides HCUP data users with information about HCUP data and tools, and training on technical methods for conducting research with HCUP data.
  • Health Economics Information Resources: A Self-Study Course - (National Library of Medicine, National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology)  - A four-module, online, interactive introduction to basic concepts in health economics and to key sources of information.
  • Health Equity and Prevention Primer - (Prevention Institute)  - The Health Equity and Prevention Primer (HEPP) serves as a web-based training series for public health practitioners and advocates interested in policy advocacy, community change, and multi-sector engagement to achieve health equity.
  • Health Services Research Doctoral Core Competencies - (BioMed Central)  - This manuscript, by Dr . Christopher Forrest and colleagues, presents an initial description of doctoral level core competencies for health services research (HSR). The competencies are described in broad terms which reflect the unique expertise, interests, and preferred learning methods of academic HSR programs. The paper discusses the important learning objectives and methods for HSR training, and clarifies the unique skills of HSR graduates.
  • Health Services Research Methods Seminars - (AcademyHealth)  - Full-day June Annual Research Meeting Seminars, 2-hour live and archived Web-based Cyber Seminars, and full-day Fall Methods Seminars on using Federal and state databases.
  • HRSA Webinars - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))  - Health IT and Quality webinars are technical assistance for HRSA grantees and other safety net providers.
  • Informed Consent and Authorization - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - Section of AHRQ toolkit offers some strategies for those who seek to serve as change agents in their organizations to improve the informed consent and authorization process.
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Map - (Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI))  - This map is a free, open resource for those interested in sharing IHI's mission of improving health care. This includes access to various "How To Guides," for example, prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia; prevent surgical site infection; prevent adverse drug events, etc.
  • Insurance Education - (America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP))  - Current, comprehensive, and economically priced self-study courses for professionals seeking to advance their understanding of the health insurance industry.
  • Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice - (Duke University Medical Center Library US)  - This tutorial is intended for any health care practitioner or student who needs a basic introduction to the principles of Evidence-Based Practice.
  • Slides" href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nichsr/ihcm/hsrcsec1.html" target="_blank">Introduction to HSR Class Manual and Slides - (National Library of Medicine, National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology)  - An online introduction to the issues and methodologies of health services research.
  • JHSPH OpenCourseWare Project - (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)  - Provides access to content of the School's most popular courses.
  • Measuring Health Disparities - This interactive course focuses on some basic issues for public health practice -- how to understand, define and measure health disparity. This course examines the language of health disparity to come to some common understanding of what that term means, explains key measures of health disparity and shows how to calculate them. This computer-based course provides a durable tool that is useful to daily activities in the practice of public health.
  • MLA Educational Clearinghouse - (Medical Library Association (MLA))  - List of courses, educational webcasts, and resources related to the use of health information resources.
  • NACCHO Model Practice Lunch and Learn Webinars - (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))  - These 45 minute presentations are an opportunity to learn about and discuss programs with Model Practice Winners. After a presentation about the practice, participants can ask questions and discuss how to replicate the practice in their communities.
  • On-line HCUP Overview Course - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - The cCourse is an online, interactive, modular course that provides information about HCUP data, software tools and products.
  • Online Research Ethics Course - (University of Montana US)  - Intended to provide a foundation for institutions that are working to promote Responsible Conduct of Research.
  • Online Training on Pediatric Healthcare Quality, Quality Improvement, and Patient Safety - (Children's National Medical Center US)  - The EMSC National Resource Center (NRC), in collaboration with the Alliance for Pediatric Emergency Medication Safety, has produced a series of training modules. These presentations target medical students, residents, and fellowship trainees and focus on three primary objectives: (1) to educate trainees about pediatric medication safety issues in the emergency setting; (2) to describe potential solutions to improve medication safety; and (3) to equip trainees with the tools to implement a quality improvement initiative in their training program.
  • Public Health Law Program Training and Educational Resources - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - The Public Health Law Program (PHLP) develops and shares a growing portfolio of courses and other learning materials in applied public health law. This website features selected learning resources for public health lawyers, public health practitioners, students, and others.
  • Quality Improvement & Risk Management Training - (Health Services Research and Development Service, Veterans Administration (HSR&D))  - Learn about how to design and implement a successful Quality Improvement program that meets core program and FTCA requirements and drives quality-related activities from this website.
  • Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives: By Organization - (National Library of Medicine (NLM) U.S.)  - This site provides acces to a chart listing the major biomedical research reporting guidelines that provide advice for reporting research methods and findings. The chart also includes editorial style guides for writing research reports or other publications.
  • Research-based Health Literacy Materials and Instruction Guide - (National Institute for Literacy US)  - These health literacy materials meet both the need of adults to enhance their literacy skills as well as their need to navigate the health care system and begin to achieve better health care for themselves and their families.
  • Roots of Health Inequity Web Course - (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))  - This is a web-based course aimed at the public health workforce.
  • SPICE Training Program: Strengthening Professionals In Comparative Effectiveness - (University of Rochester Medical Center, Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) US)  - Training opportunity for postdoctoral and clinical fellows, residents, and faculty. The goal of this program is to increase the number of researchers qualified to oversee or conduct comparative effectiveness research (CER).
  • TalkingQuality.Gov - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - TalkingQuality is a comprehensive resource and guide for organizations that produce and disseminate reports to consumers on the quality of care provided by health care organizations (e.g., hospitals, health plans, medical groups, nursing homes) and individual physicians.
  • TRAIN - (Public Health Foundation (PHF))  - TRAIN is a learning resource for professionals who protect the public's health. A free service of the Public Health Foundation, www.train.org is part of the newly expanded TrainingFinder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network (TRAIN).
  • Virtual Classroom - (The Foundation Center)  - Online tutorials on proposal writing and research funding.
  • Webinar: Exploring Health Impact Assessments - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  - In a webinar originally aired on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 2:00 pm, RWJF examines how Health Impact Assessments are used to examine the potential health impacts of a policy, project or plan.