Capstone Certificate in Type 2 Translational Research

School: Medical
Department: Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Web site:
Contact: Sharon Schumacher,, 608-262-1415

The Certificate in Type 2 Translational Research addresses a well documented gap in what should be a continuum between basic health and medical research discoveries and the application of those discoveries in clinical and public health practice. To bridge this gap, new discoveries must move beyond efficacy studies (type I translational research) to research that tests effectiveness in real world settings.

What is Type 2 Translational Research (T2TR)?

Type 2 translational research builds on type 1 by focusing on the application of efficacious practices in typical community settings, exploring factors that facilitate or impede implementation of efficacious practices. Type 2 translational research requires engagement among community members, organizations, clinicians and researchers as partners in the research process and draws on a distinct set of skills. This certificate focuses on the development of skills to engage successfully in T2TR. 

Foundational knowledge to be acquired

  • Evolution and history of T2TR
  • Significance and specific contributions of T2TR to health care system development and, more specifically, patient health
  • Research designs and methods appropriate for T2TR
  • Common obstacles faced by T2TR researchers and strategies to overcome them
  • Presenting T2TR to various audiences
  • Implications of organizational context of research
  • Developing community partnerships
  • Designing research that is compatible with identified organizational goals and values
  • Understanding communities and community partners

Application/performance skills to be acquired

  • Framing a research question and designing a study that is consistent with T2TR
  • Distinguishing T2TR from other types of research
  • Determining appropriate research design and methods for identified T2TR questions
  • Formulating quasi-experimental and experimental field research designs
  • Devising data gathering methods for working in community organizations that are cognizant of organizational culture, values, staffing, and work flow
  • Implementing research and design methods that provide direct benefits for the community/organizational site

Human dimension (ethics and transdisciplinarity) skills to be acquired

  • Committing to relationship accountability with community partners through the research process, which encompasses consent, recruitment, retention, compensation, data reporting, dissemination of results, and provision of sustainable resources and programming
  • Recognizing the value of collaborating with researchers in other disciplines
  • Identifying sources and resources for collaboration with researchers across disciplines

An objective of this certificate program is to enroll students and professionals from a variety of disciplines and workforce sectors, including non-health fields such as education, public policy, anthropology, sociology, social work, and business. Course participation will be enriched by the perspectives of people who will have a variety of approaches to community health research questions. There are T2TR certificates for graduate and Capstone students. (The curriculum requirements are the same for both.)


Apply for this Capstone Certificate as a University Special student through the Division of Continuing Studies using the online application.

For more information about applying as a Capstone Certificate student, contact:

Jane Schimmel
Adult Career and Special Student Services
Division of Continuing Studies
Phone 608-263-6960

Additional information about the application process and admission guidelines for the Certificate in Type 2 Translational Research can be found at or by contacting:

Sharon Schumacher
Box 2455 Clinical Science Center
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI 53792
Phone 608-262-1415