The Certificate in Research Practice for Health Professionals provides medical professionals and students with rigorous, foundational training in designing, conducting, and collaborating on health research and writing grant proposals competitive at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other agencies.

Challenges to optimal health and well-being are increasingly multifaceted and require transdisciplinary research teams made up of health professionals who are not only highly skilled in the science and art of protecting and improving the health of communities through medical practice, but also highly skilled in conducting methodologically rigorous and effective research.

Program Highlights
  • This program is ideal for diverse audiences, including clinical practitioners, allied-health practitioners, medical students, and post-baccalaureate and baccalaureate pre-medical students interested in gaining ample expertise in health research and/or writing competitive grant proposals.
  • Apply courses in this certificate program toward completion of the Master of Public Health or Master of Science in Evaluation & Applied Research degrees. Grade must be B or better. Some courses are offered in online versions.
  • Work with faculty who have many years of demonstrated expertise in research design and execution, statistics and power analysis, large collaborative NIH projects and centers, and successful grant writing.
  • You are able to pursue this certificate in conjunction with another degree program. You earn a diploma/credential for each degree and “double count” some units from one program to the other to decrease your required total units.

Program at a Glance

16 units (4 courses)

1 year

*Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

Fall | Spring

Certificate in Research Practice for Health Professionals

Featured Courses

CGH 313
Research Methods

Develops an understanding of the principles and skills of conducting behavioral research, using qualitative and quantitative approaches commonly used in public health settings. Includes methods most relevant to rigorous research and grant proposals.

CGH 402
Advanced Research Methods

Advanced theoretical and practical overview of survey and research methodology.

EVAL 315
Evaluation & Applied Research Methods: A Survey of Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches

An overview of evaluation and applied research methods and related ethical issues, including quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods, research and evaluation design, applied social science research topics, specific data collection strategies, meta-evaluation, and reporting methods.

CGH 301

Utilizes the most commonly used statistical methods in clinical and experimental research, such as selecting the most appropriate data analytic methods and applying them to actual data.

CGH 401
Advanced Statistical Methods

Covers multivariable statistical techniques frequently used in health-related research, including topics in linear and logistic regression, structural modeling, multiple-group modeling, exploratory factor analysis, growth curves, and multi-level or nested models.

CGH 305
Seminar in Grant Writing & Proposal Development

Overview of the steps involved in planning and writing a grant, including concept development, funding strategies, matching a proposed project with funding agency initiatives, strengthening the innovation and significance of the project, and pragmatic issues in completing a superior grant proposal.



Core Courses (12 units/3 courses)
Choose one course from:

  • Research Methods OR
  • Advanced Research Methods OR
  • Evaluation & Applied Research Methods: A Survey of Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches

Choose one course from:

  • Biostatistics OR
  • Advanced Statistical Methods OR
  • Quantitative Analysis & Statistics for Evaluation & Applied Research

Proposal Development

  • Seminar in Grant Writing & Proposal Development
Elective Course (4 units/1 course)

  • Foundations of Health Promotion & Education
  • Epidemiology
  • Data Analysis using SAS
  • Emerging Chronic & Infectious Diseases Worldwide
  • Geospatial Epidemiology
  • Qualitative Analysis & Statistics for Evaluation & Applied Research
  • Mixed Methods in Evaluation & Applied Research
  • Global Health Evaluation & Applied Research


Professional Development Experience
In addition to required courses and one elective of your choosing, certificate students engage in one professional development experience: attending occasional seminars emphasizing applied research methods or participating in a research project with a CGU faculty or collaborator.

Waiving Statistics Course
With prior approval, the statistics course requirement can be waived for those providing evidence of sufficient previous education in statistics. In this case, an additional elective class should be chosen from the elective or methods class lists above.

Faculty & Research

  • Jessica Clague DeHart profile image

    Jessica Clague DeHart

    Assistant Professor of Community and Global Health

    Research Interests

    Epidemiology, chronic disease, cancer etiology, cancer survivorship, molecular and genetic epidemiology, lifestyle intervention trials, exercise, nutrition, quality of life, community-based interventions

  • Andrew Conway profile image

    Andrew Conway

    Professor of Psychology

    Research Interests

    Intelligence, Working Memory, Statistics

  • Kendall Cotton Bronk profile image

    Kendall Cotton Bronk

    Professor of Psychology

    Research Interests

    Adolescent Moral Development, Positive Youth Development

  • Nicole Gatto profile image

    Nicole Gatto

    Associate Professor of Public Health
    Director, PhD in Health Promotion Sciences Program

    Research Interests

    Epidemiology, Risk factors for cardiovascular and neurological diseases,
    Parkinson’s disease, Cognitive dysfunction

  • Darleen V. Peterson profile image

    Darleen V. Peterson

    Professor of Practice, Community and Global Health
    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    Director of the Certificate, MPH, and DrPH Programs

    Research Interests

    Evaluation of Health Communication Campaigns, Effects of Pro- and Anti-Tobacco and Alcohol Marketing; Public Health Education

  • Kim D. Reynolds profile image

    Kim D. Reynolds


    Research Interests

    Nutrition and physical activity, Health promotion and disease prevention, Diabetes and obesity

  • Jason T. Siegel profile image

    Jason T. Siegel

    Professor of Psychology

    Research Interests

    Social Psychology, Health Psychology, Persuasion

  • Alan Stacy profile image

    Alan Stacy

    Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

    Research Interests

    Application of theories and methods of human memory; Cognitive neuroscience and social cognition to health behavior: etiology, prevention, and media effects; Translation of basic research to field research, high-risk populations, and prevention; Validation issues in assessment

  • Bin Xie profile image

    Bin Xie

    Professor of Community and Global Health

    Research Interests

    Obesity prevention; Tobacco control; Diet, physical activity, body image in adolescents; Psychological adjustment to obesity; Diabetes and cancer; Application of statistical analysis in prevention research

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Suzanne Abouelnasr

Assistant Director of Admissions
T: 909-607-0723 (Direct)
T: 909-607-7811 (Central Admissions)