Learn more about the graduate certificate in Clinical Health Services Research.

About the Certificate

The Clinical Health Services Research (HSR) certificate is a 12-credit graduate certificate program designed to provide a foundation for clinicians and other healthcare professionals in this multidisciplinary field that studies how social factors, financing systems, organizational structures and processes, health technologies and personal behaviors affect access to healthcare, quality of care and costs. Knowledge of health services research allows healthcare professionals to develop both better understandings of population-based outcomes and skills to participate in population-based research. The certificate program gives students a grounding in health services research, including study design, methods and interpretation of results. Successful completion of the Clinical HSR certificate program enables graduates to:

  • illustrate understanding of health services research theory and concepts by comparing alternative models for population health issues;
  • formulate innovative and important health service research questions informed by systematic reviews of the literature, stakeholder needs, and relevant theoretical and conceptual models;
  • select appropriate study designs to address specific health services research questions;
  • develop expertise in collecting primary health and healthcare data and in assembling secondary data from existing sources;
  • use appropriate analytical methods to assess associations between variables; and
  • apply knowledge of the structures, performance, quality, policy and context of health and healthcare to formulate solutions for health policy problems.

Time Limit for Certificate Completion: 2 years

Campus Location: Main, with certain courses also offered at Temple University Center City (TUCC)

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The graduate certificate may be completed on a part-time basis. NOTE: International students may not be eligible to apply for a student visa based on admission to the certificate program. Please contact the CPH Office of Admissions for more information.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: The certificate program is open to non-matriculated graduate students.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:
Fall, Spring, and Summer admissions are on a rolling basis. Interested students should contact the College of Public Health for permission to enroll in coursework.

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For questions, please contact the CPH Office of Admissions at or 215-204-5200.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree. Official transcripts must be submitted for all postsecondary institutions attended.

Laptop: All incoming students in the College of Public Health are required to have a laptop. Academic programs in the college are technology intensive. They incorporate statistical and database analyses; utilize specialized tools for athletic training, kinesiology and physical therapy; stream audio and video for communication sciences; facilitate online interactive counseling for social work; and foster clinical experiences and online assessments. The laptop requirement enables the College of Public Health to improve opportunities for active learning and provide greater access to specialized software and required tools in and out of the classroom, better preparing students for the workforce. Learn more about device specifications and suggested vendors. Students can use excess financial aid (i.e., funds that are reimbursed after all tuition and fees are paid) to meet student needs, including the purchase of a laptop. Scholarships may also provide funding.

Certificate Requirements

Number of Credits Required to Complete the Certificate: 12

Required Courses:

EPBI 5201Epidemiological Research Methods I3
HIM 5129Health Data Analysis3
Select two from the following:6
Clinical Research Methods in Public Health
Technology for Population Health
Technology for Healthcare Financial Management
Healthcare Quality and Safety
Health Economics
Research Methods in Health Policy
Total Credit Hours12

GPA Required to be Awarded the Certificate: 3.0 minimum


Certificate Program Web Address:

Admissions Information:

Dept. of Health Services Administration and Policy

524 Ritter Hall Annex

1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6005


Submission Address for Application Materials:

Department Contacts:


CPH Office of Admissions


Interim Graduate Program Director:

William E. Aaronson, PhD

Associate Professor



Huanmei Wu, PhD