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Clinical Health Services Research Graduate Certificate

The Clinical Health Services Research Graduate Certificate is a 12-credit program that trains students in the foundations of health services and population health research, with the goal of becoming an informed collaborating member of a healthcare research team. The certificate is tailored to clinicians and other healthcare professionals who want to engage in population research.

Healthcare professionals are becoming increasingly interested in health services research, which focuses on how personal behaviors, societal factors, organizational structures and health technologies affect access to medical care, quality and cost of care, and health outcomes at the population level (rather than at the level of the individual patient).

Health services research is interdisciplinary by nature, involving both healthcare providers and public health professionals (such as health services and policy researchers, health economists, health informatics and quality improvement professionals, epidemiologists, and biostatisticians).

The certificate will provide you with the skills and knowledge to participate in a broad range of health services research projects and help advance the Triple Aim of healthcare: improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing healthcare costs. Students will learn to:

  • Develop ideas and research questions for health services research
  • Identify appropriate research methods to address these questions
  • Understand the implications of research results
  • Communicate those results to various audiences

What sets apart our CHSR Certificate?

  • A unique opportunity for healthcare providers: This certificate provides a focused, brief foundation in health services research for clinicians who are unsure whether they want to pursue a full master’s degree, and it is the only one of its kind in the Philadelphia region.
  • Interdisciplinary and flexible: The program provides a foundation in research methods, then allows students to choose from elective courses based on their research interests and career development goals.
  • A bridge to the MS in Clinical Research and Translational Medicine: Students interested in continuing their studies in a full master’s degree program can count the certificate’s courses towards completion of the MS in Clinical Research and Translational Medicine, offered jointly by Temple’s College of Public Health and Louis Katz School of Medicine.


The 12-credit certificate can be completed in one year or spread out over multiple years. Students can enter the certificate program in any semester, and can complete the courses in any order depending on course availability and prerequisites.

Admissions Information

For admission consideration, applicants must have

  • a clinical or health-related baccalaureate, master’s or professional degree from an accredited post-secondary institution, including degrees such as the Master of Public Health and the MS in Health Informatics.
  • a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or the functional equivalent) for science and math courses.
  • other prerequisites, depending on the individual course level.

Admissions Process

The admissions process depends on your student status.

If you are currently a matriculated graduate student at Temple University, contact Theresa White, senior graduate advisor, at theresawhite@temple.edu or 215-204-5105 to enroll.

To apply for admission to this graduate certificate if you are not currently a matriculated graduate student at Temple University, you must submit the following credentials.

Additional Requirements for International Students whose native language is not English

A minimum TOEFL score of 79 iBT or 550 PBT is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 would also be considered. 

Application Deadline

Applicants may begin this program in the fall, spring or summer term. The application deadline is rolling.