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Health Outcomes and Measurement Science Graduate Certificate

The Health Outcomes and Measurement Science (HOMS) Graduate Certificate focuses on the identification, development and use of person-centered outcomes in clinical and research applications. This certificate is designed for graduate students and current professionals in clinical or research disciplines who want to integrate evidence-based health outcomes into their work. It will train you to choose appropriate outcomes, develop measures, and apply them in order to improve your practice or advance your research. 

Within the current health ecosystem, clinicians and researchers face a growing need to incorporate standardized measures of health using patient-centered and patient-reported outcomes--the self-reported status of a person’s physical and mental health and functioning. Measurements of these outcomes are becoming widespread in clinical practice in order to improve care and assess performance of healthcare systems.

As a student in this program, you will gain an understanding of:

  • Traditional and modern measurement approaches to health outcomes, with a focus on person-centered and person-reported outcomes
  • Survey methodology and measurement
  • The use of statistical approaches to develop high-quality outcomes and tests
  • Qualitative methods for outcomes measure development
  • How to apply and interpret health outcomes in clinical practice and research
  • Clinical outcomes qualification processes and standards

What sets apart our HOMS certificate? 

  • A unique program for healthcare students and professionals.The certificate gives you the knowledge and skills to improve your clinical or research versatility and distinguish yourself in an increasingly competitive market. It is the only certificate of its kind in the Philadelphia region. 
  • Renowned, interdisciplinary faculty. Courses are taught by nationally recognized faculty from a range of disciplines within the College of Public Health, including physical therapy, biostatistics, social work, epidemiology, occupational therapy, and health services administration and policy. 
  • Designed for professionals. The certificate is offered entirely online, and can be taken for academic credit in several clinical professional programs. 


The 12-credit, four-course certificate program is available either as an independent program or as a supplement to your primary degree at Temple University. You can complete the certificate entirely online on a part-time basis and finish it in two years or less. 

Admissions Information

Students may complete three of the four courses before formally applying to the certificate program. Transfer credits are not accepted, and the GRE is not required. 

Admissions requirements

For admission consideration, applicants must have: 

  • A bachelor’s degree in a health or health-related profession, or in measurement science
  • Completed prior coursework in statistics, or equivalent experience (as approved by program directors)

Application Deadlines and Requirements

Applicants may begin this program in the fall, spring or summer term. The application deadline is rolling. The admissions process depends on your student status.

If you are NOT currently a matriculated graduate student at Temple University:

  • Apply online using the SOPHAS Express Centralized Application Service at sophasexpress.liaisoncas.com
  • Submit a brief statement of your interest in the certificate
  • Copies of all transcripts will be uploaded through the SOPHAS Express Application
  • For applicants whose native language is not English, the TOEFL or IELTS exam is required with the following minimum scores: 79 on the internet-based TOEFL OR a 6.5 on the academic version of the IELTS

If you are currently a matriculated graduate student at Temple University:

Please complete this online form to enroll in the certificate program.