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Comparative Effectiveness Research and Evidence Based Medicine

Offered in collaboration with  UCI School of Medicine

Overview

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.

Career Insight

Occupational summary for medical and clinical laboratory technologists and technicians in the US. Source: Economic Modeling Specialists Intl.

324,712
Annual Job Openings
(2019)
13%
Projected Growth
(2019-2029)
$52k
Median Salary
(Highly experienced workers can earn up to $80k)

Program Benefits

  • Define and conduct new studies that generate evidence to support outcomes-based evaluation of treatment regimens
  • Utilize medical statistics, data analysis, data repositories, linear regressions, survival analysis, meta-analysis, and instrumental variable techniques to access effectiveness of medical interventions
  • Develop the skills required to lead multidisciplinary research teams
  • Develop competency in study design, reflecting the breadth and complexity of comparative effectiveness
  • Identify gaps between research and current clinical practices

Course Schedule

The schedule for these courses is available at the UCI websoc website. Search for courses in the BATS department (Biomedical and Translational Science) and a list of courses in the department will be populated. If the schedule for a course is unavailable, please check again at a later date as the websoc site is updated by the graduate department.

Required Courses

TitleWinterSpringSummerFall
BATS 245A
COMP EFFECT RES I
BATS 245A
  to be scheduled    
BATS 247
MEASUREMENT SCIENCE, OUTCOMES RESEARCH AND ADVANCED APPLIED METHODS
BATS 247
to be scheduled      
BATS 253
DISPARITIES IN HEALTH & HEALTHCARE
BATS 253
      to be scheduled
BATS 251
QUALITY, EFFICACY, AND COST-EFFECTIVENESS
BATS 251
  to be scheduled    

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full program.

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Academic Calendar

Event Fall 2021 Winter 2022 Spring 2022 Summer 2022
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Jul 15 Oct 21 Jan 20 Apr 21
Courses Begin* (week of) Sep 20 Jan 3 Mar 28 Jun 20
Courses End* (week of) Dec 13 Mar 14 Jun 6 Sep 6
Parking Permits Expire Dec 31 Mar 31 Jun 30 Sep 30
Administrative Holidays Nov 11, Nov 25-26, Dec 23-24, Dec 30-31 Jan 17, Feb 21 Mar 25, May 30 Jul 4, Sep 5

*Actual dates may vary by program.

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Certificate Eligibility and Requirements

Learn How To Earn Your Certificate A Certificate is awarded upon completion of the four (4) required courses, 16 units (160 hours), with a grade of “B” or higher in each course. Students may enter the program at any time, however Introduction to Clinical Medical Statistics or the equivalent is a prerequisite for Comparative Effectiveness Research I & II and Measurement Science, Outcomes Research & Advanced Methods.

To become an official candidate in the program, students pursuing the certificate must submit a Declaration of Candidacy with a non-refundable $125 application fee. Students are encouraged to declare candidacy as soon as possible, but no later than after the third course in the program. To receive the digital certificate after completing all program requirements, students must submit a Request for Certificate. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course. Students not pursuing a certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

Admission Requirements

  • 3.0 Cumulative undergraduate GPA
  • Undergraduate degree (4 years minimum)
  • Original transcripts from all institutions attended
  • If undergraduate degree was earned at an institution where English is not the primary language of instruction, a TOEFL exam with a score of 100 is required

Admission Procedures

  1. Declare your candidacy for the program online.
    • Login to your MY ACCOUNT or Create New Account
    • Under “My Account”, select “Declaration of Candidacy/Specialized Studies”
    • Select your certificate program and pay $125
  2. Send official transcripts verifying you meet the admission requirements of a completed Bachelor degree (4 years minimum) to the Records Office. We only accept electronic and mailed deliveries of official transcripts:
    • Electronic office transcripts (from e-Transcript Delivery Services) should be sent to dce-records@uci.edu
    • Mailed transcripts should be sent to:
      UCI Continuing Education – ATTN: Records Office
      510 E Peltason Dr.
      Irvine, CA 92697
  3. Once accepted, follow the registration & payment instructions sent via email by Student Affairs and Student Services to enroll and pay for the program.

How to Enroll in Individual Courses

Student who are not matriculating students in the UCI MS-BATS Degree Program may submit their enrollment request for individual courses via the Concurrent Enrollment program administered by the UCI Division of Continuing Education. Students must have completed a Bachelors degree to enroll in the individual courses.

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Dates & Deadlines

View the Concurrent Enrollment Academic Calendar for enrollment start & end dates for each quarter.

*Note to new students: Enrollment forms and supplementary documents will only be accepted during the enrollment periods for each quarter.

On-site Training Available

Our Corporate Training specialists can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization’s specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.