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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

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

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Regina Wang Lee

Director of Recruitment for the School of Community & Global Health
T: 909-607-9417