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

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

  • CDC Learning Connection - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)  Details

    Learning products and resources from across the public health community to help improve public health knowledge and skills.

  • CDC Recorded Videos - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)  Details

    Collection of archived videos available from CDC on YouTube.

  • Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit (CHEAR) - (University of Michigan (U-M))  Details

    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.

  • HCUP On-line Tutorial Series - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    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.

  • HSR&D Research Career Development Program - (Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D), VA)  Details

    A description of Career Development and other mentoring and training opportunities within VA HSR&D for clinicians and non-clinicians.

  • Health Indicators: a 4-Part Webinar Series - (National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR), NLM)  Details

    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), HHS)  Details

    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), HHS)  Details

    This site is an online technical assistance resource, offering webinars, application and submission guidance, as well as tips for writing successful proposals to HRSA.

  • NLM Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course - (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH USA)  Details

    A week-long, immersive course on biomedical informatics, including methods, clinical informatics, big data and imaging, genomics, consumer health informatics, math modeling, and telemedicine.

  • Public Health Law Program Training and Educational Resources - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)  Details

    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.

  • The SHARE Approach - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    SHARE is a five-step process for shared decision making that includes exploring and comparing the benefits, harms, and risks of each option through meaningful dialogue about what matters most to the patient. The website includes information about webinars, tools, workshops, and the AHRQ Knowledge Transfer project.

  • Transformation Support - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), HHS)  Details

    Free Nationwide Health IT Training

  • University Vision, Design and Capacity (U-VDC) Technical Grant Writing Workshops - (Office of Minority Health (OMH), HHS)  Details

    The University Vision, Design and Capacity (U-VDC) technical grant writing workshops, part of the HETAP initiative, provide university and health professionals with strategies to make grant proposals more competitive. This hands-on, two-day workshop is for junior faculty, staff and college/university health professionals who are interested in community-based participatory research; who are committed to working with underserved populations; and who want to build their institution's capacity to compete and receive competitive grant awards.

Education and Training Opportunities - Other

  • APHA Webinars - (American Public Health Association (APHA))  Details

    Upcoming and recorded webinars on public health topics.

  • Comparative Effectiveness Research Training (CERT) Program - (NYU Langone Medical Center, Section on Value and Effectiveness (SOLVE) USA)  Details

    Program is directed toward individuals with an interest in health policy, outcomes research, or public health. The mission of the program is to increase the nation's supply of physician-investigators and other researchers who examine health decisions that affect urban underserved communities. CERT Program scholars have the option to enroll in the CERT Certificate Track or the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI-CER).

  • Epidemiology and Population Health Summer Institute at Columbia University (EPIC) - (Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health USA)  Details

    EPIC provides opportunities to gain foundational knowledge and applied skills for advancing population health research. EPIC's intensive short courses are offered either at the Mailman School of Public Health in New York City or in online distance learning formats. Scholarships are available for selected courses.

  • Fellowship Opportunities - (Commonwealth Fund)  Details

    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.

  • HSR Training Directory - (AcademyHealth)  Details

    A searchable database of information about U.S. and international post-baccalaureate certificate, master's, doctoral, and postdoctoral programs in the fields of health services research and health policy

  • Health Services Researcher of 2020 Summit Series - (AcademyHealth, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) USA)  Details

    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.

  • ISPOR Educational Webinars - (International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) USA)  Details

    Educational webinars that provide students with valuable insights on topics such as disease modeling, health outcomes, health economics, health policy, and career development.

  • Medicaid Leadership Institute - (Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) USA)  Details

    A 10-month leadership development curriculum for Medicaid directors designed to cultivate the skills needed to transform Medicaid programs into national models of high-quality, cost-effective care.

  • Medicare Learning Network® - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    A free Medicare education and information portal from CMS geared towards health care professionals. MLN provides educational resources, web-based training, and an electronic mailing list.

  • NACHC Policy Internship Program - (National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC))  Details

    An unpaid internship (with possible academic credit) to provide support to NACHC departments within the Public Policy and Research Division in Washington, DC.

  • National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health - (Center for Health Leadership & Practice, PHI (CHLP))  Details

    The National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health (NLAPH) began in 2011 to provide training to four-person multi-sector teams from across the country to advance their leadership skills and achieve health equity in their community. The one-year program uses an experiential learning process including webinars, a multi-day retreat, coaching support, peer networking, and an applied population health project.

  • Research Methods Knowledge Base - (Cornell Office for Research on Evaluation USA)  Details

    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.

  • The Social Determinants of Health Academy - (National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership USA)  Details

    A six-month virtual training series designed to help health centers and primary care associations develop, implement and sustain SDOH interventions in their clinics and communities.

  • Urban Institute Events - (Urban Institute (UI))  Details

    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.

Online Courses and Materials

  • Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles - (National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM))  Details

    July 9-August 31, 2018. Course will help health sciences librarians better understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area.

  • Understanding and Improving Safety Culture - (Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI))  Details

    September 27-November 29, 2018. Virtual expedition will explore practical, real-world strategies for understanding, measuring, and improving the safety culture of an organization.

  • Rural Health Data Institute images/pdf.gif icon - (National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) USA)  Details

    October 31, 2018-February 20, 2019; every other Wednesday 2:00-3:30pm ET.

  • A Crash Course in Data Science - (Johns Hopkins University)  Details

    This class is for anyone who wants to learn what all the data science action is about, including those who will eventually need to manage data scientists.

  • ASTHO Recorded Webinars - (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))  Details

    Collection of archived webinars available from ASTHO on YouTube.

  • Archived Tutorials - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  Details

    This website lists all tutorials available on at the time that the website was closed in September 2013. The webinars will not be updated.

  • Back to School: Where are the Data? - (AcademyHealth)  Details

    This introductory seminar from September 8, 2016 provides an overview of how a researcher can determine what data is right for their research question, which sources of federal data to access, and the spectrum of data access.

  • Big Data, Big Picture - (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS))  Details

    This one hour webinar from 2016 presents effective solutions healthcare organizations can implement to extract value from their data.

  • CMS National Training Program (NTP) - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    Use this site to access all of CMS' materials and educational opportunities that will help users better understand and educate others about Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Federally-facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace.

  • Comparative Effectiveness Research Online Training Center - (Ohio State University, College of Public Health USA)  Details

    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 University, Bloomberg School of Public Health)  Details

    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.

  • Continuing Education Course on Health Care Quality Measurement and Implications - (National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) USA)  Details

    The course provides a comprehensive overview of the health care quality landscape, including national priorities, and measure development, endorsement and implementation. It includes two interactive modules representing 3.5 hours of Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education-approved continuing education

  • Coursera: Medicine & Healthcare Courses - (Coursera)  Details

    Coursera offers free online courses on many public health topics, including epidemiology, global health, statistics, obesity, dental health, systems science, and community change.

  • Data Science Ethics - (University of Michigan (U-M))  Details

    This course provides a framework to analyze these concerns as you examine the ethical and privacy implications of collecting and managing big data.

  • Essentials of Collaboration: An Interactive Guide to Effective Collaboration - (National Initiative for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ))  Details

    This interactive course explores how to produce positive population health outcomes through effective collaboration. Using a case study to help share key concepts, the course give directions on breaking down silos, aligning activities, and working productively together.

  • Evidence Based Practice Toolkit for Nursing - (Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) USA)  Details

    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: What is EBP; Asking your question; Levels of evidence; resources; and evidence appraised.

  • Gender Diversity 101 - (AIDS Education & Training Center Program (AETC))  Details

    This independent study course discusses aspects of gender identity, gender discrimination and gender-related health disparities and how they impact clients. Participants will practice skills for assessing and treating gender-diverse clients who may be at risk for HIV or who have HIV.

  • Grey Literature Web Conference Series - (AcademyHealth)  Details

    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 Events - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    Upcoming HCUP presentations at meetings and conferences, webinars, and workshops.

  • HCUP On-line Tutorial Series - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    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 Equity and Prevention Primer - (Prevention Institute)  Details

    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)  Details

    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 Workforce Technical Assistance Center Webinars - (State University of New York, University at Albany, School of Public Health, Health Workforce Technical Assistance Training Center (HWTAC))  Details

    Slides and videos from webinars sponsored by the HWTAC on using health workforce data. Topics include health professional shortage areas, data visualization, cartography, and using health workforce data to inform policy.

  • Healthcare Quality: Measurement and Implications Series - (National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) USA, University of Maryland)  Details

    This online course consists of two modules which include an introduction to the terminology, the trends, the stakeholders and leadership, and the quality improvement programs at play in the current healthcare environment. These two modules represent 3.5 hours of certified continuing education.

  • IHI Open School - (Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI))  Details

    An educational portal that provides courses on patient safety, healthcare quality, and cost of care. Courses are free for students, medical residents, university faculty and need-based scholarships are also offered.

  • IIS Training Hub - (Public Health Institute)  Details

    The IIS Training Hub is a collection of resources designed to help IIS staff learn about basic and advanced IIS topics.

  • Informed Consent and Authorization - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    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))  Details

    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))  Details

    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 USA)  Details

    This tutorial is intended for any health care practitioner or student who needs a basic introduction to the principles of Evidence-Based Practice.

  • MEDLIB-ED - (Medical Library Association (MLA))  Details

    List of courses, educational webcasts, and resources related to the use of health information resources.

  • Multiple Chronic Conditions Education and Training - (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) USA)  Details

    This website provides access to training materials those delivering care to persons living with multiple chronic conditions. Included are a series of curriculum and a searchable repository of education and training resources.

  • On-line HCUP Overview Course - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    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 USA)  Details

    Intended to provide a foundation for institutions that are working to promote Responsible Conduct of Research.

  • Public Health Law Academy - (ChangeLab Solutions)  Details

    The Public Health Law Academy offers free online training for three types of courses: Introduction to Public Health Law, Hot Topics in Public Health Law, and Legal Epidemiology Overview.

  • Public Health Law Program Training and Educational Resources - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)  Details

    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 (HSR&D), VA)  Details

    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), NIH USA)  Details

    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.

  • Roots of Health Inequity - (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))  Details

    An online training course for the public health workforce focused on different aspects of social justice as it relates to public health.

  • TRAIN Learning Network - (Public Health Foundation (PHF))  Details

    TRAIN is a learning resource for professionals who protect the public's health. A free service of the Public Health Foundation, is part of the newly expanded TrainingFinder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network (TRAIN).

  • TalkingQuality.Gov - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    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.

  • The Challenges of Global Health - (Duke University, School of Medicine USA)  Details

    This MOOC is available via Coursera. It includes 11 hours of video and assessments and provides an introduction to key challenges and concepts important to understanding the current status and determinants of global health.

  • The Science of Sex & Gender in Human Health - Online Course Series - (Office of Research on Women's Health, NIH)  Details

    This online series of courses was designed to create a permanent foundation for sex and gender accountability in medical research and treatment by enabling researchers, clinicians, and students in the health professions to integrate knowledge of sex and gender differences and similarities into their research and practice.

  • Vulnerable Populations in Health Care and Health Research - (University of Washington)  Details

    This free, on-demand training outlines how health professionals can work with communities to understand and address the factors leading to vulnerability in specific situations, including situations that arise in the course of public health research and practice.

  • e-Source: Behavioral and Social Science Research - (Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), NIH)  Details

    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.

  • eHealth University - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    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.