Capstone Certificate in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research

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

The Certificate in Clinical and Community Outcomes 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 to research that tests effectiveness in real world settings.

This 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 clinical and community outcomes research.

Foundational knowledge to be acquired

  • Evolution and history of clinical and community outcomes research
  • Significance and specific contributions of clinical and community outcomes research to health care system development and, more specifically, patient health
  • Research designs and methods appropriate for clinical and community outcomes research
  • Common obstacles faced by clinical and community outcomes research researchers and strategies to overcome them
  • Presenting clinical and community outcomes research 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 clinical and community outcomes research
  • Distinguishing clinical and community outcomes research from other types of research
  • Determining appropriate research design and methods for identified clinical and community outcomes research 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 Certificates in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research for graduate, professional 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 Clinical and Community Outcomes Research can be found at or by contacting:

Sharon Schumacher
Cooper Hall
701 Highland Avenue
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI 53705
Phone 608-262-1415