"Building and maintaining a successful program of research to improve the quality of health care"


The Health Services/Comparative Effectiveness Research Training Program (HSR/CERTP) at UAB is a combined fellowships mentored research training program in health services & outcomes research and comparative effectiveness research (Kenneth Saag, MD, MSc, PD/PI). These are full-time mentored research training fellowships supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) through Institutional (T32) National Research Training Awards (NRSA):

Our research and training base includes a partnership of UAB interdisciplinary research centers and programs and is primarily drawn from across 7 UAB Schools (Medicine, Public Health, Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing, Business, and College of Arts and Sciences), offering a pool of almost 25 experienced Mentors.

Program Content Areas:

  • Translating Research Evidence into Practice and Policy
  • Patient Centered Outcomes Research
  • Pharmacoepidemiology and Patient Safety
  • Quality Measurement and Improvement
  • Economic Evaluation and Decision Analytic Modeling
  • Health Informatics

The training program prepares independent investigators to pursue careers in health services & outcomes research focused on translating research evidence into practice and on comparative effectiveness research (CER) methods for evaluating the benefits and harms of different treatment strategies and interventions for health conditions on patient outcomes in real world settings. Skills development will include exposure to relevant epidemiological, statistical, experimental and quasi-experimental methodologies, analysis of large data sets, health outcomes measurement, decision analysis and economic evaluation, all with an emphasis on the practical application of outcomes research methodology.

Benefits of the Program

Protected Time for Mentored Research Training. Annual NRSA stipend for full-time multidisciplinary mentored research training. Multidisciplinary mentored research training is the backbone of this training program and fundamental to successful career development in health services outcomes and effectiveness research and CER. Trainees will be expected to propose a team of at least two experienced mentors within the first two months after selection. An excellent pool of primary mentors has been identified and these mentors are available to the program. For the 2011 Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA stipend levels go to http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-11-067.html

Tuition Support for Didactic Training. Degree and non-degree track training for HSR/CER through relevant MSPH programs. Trainees are encouraged to enroll in courses to address specific training goals tailored to their background, experience, career objectives and interests. Trainees without an existing MSPH or comparable degree will obtain an MSPH through one of the approved programs/tracks. Trainees with an existing MSPH or comparable degree will be encouraged to consider courses within these programs to supplement core skills and learn new methodologies.

Short-Term Practicum Experiences. Innovative rotations with internal and off-site experts and organizations. Additional offsite training opportunities and practicum experiences may be explored.

Training Related Expenses (TREs). Health insurance, travel stipend, and possibility of up to $7,850 annually in additional TREs.