In order to develop
better outcomes while containing costs, physicians, nurses and other health care professionals need evidence of the effectiveness
of various treatment regimens and related health care decisions. Comparative Effectiveness Research and Evidence Based Medicine
is a rapidly growing field whose objective is to assess how various medical interventions result in improved health care outcomes.
This work also provides a framework for healthcare professionals that yields more efficient medical decisions, reduces costs,
and guides long term policy.
Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are currently used to determine the efficacy of a drug, device or treatment protocol
under ideal conditions. The goal of Comparative Effectiveness Research and Evidence Based Medicine is to assess an array
of treatment options to determine what works best for specific patient groups (e.g. the elderly, racial and ethnic minorities)
in clinical situations.
Participants in this program acquire foundational skills and techniques that facilitate critical appraisal of existing multidisciplinary
research literature, identify gaps, and then synthesize and evaluate more effective interventions.
Courses within this certificate program carry full graduate course credit at University of California, Irvine’s School of Medicine and most can be directly
applied to the school’s MS degree in Biomedical and Translational Sciences (MS-BATS) with departmental approval. Enrollment in these courses is managed via Concurrent Enrollment through UCI Division of Continuing Education.
Who Should Enroll
The Comparative Effectiveness Research and Evidence Based Medicine certificate is ideal for practicing physicians, junior
faculty in clinical departments, residents, fellows, 4th year medical students, and others who are interested in the conduct,
interpretation and implementation of comparative effectiveness and evidence-based research to improve health care outcomes and
the efficiency of medical care.
Occupational summary for medical and clinical laboratory technicians in the United States.