Course Goals

  • Describe the aims and key concepts of community-engaged research (Mod. 1)
  • Illustrate how to cultivate an effective collaboration between community partners and researchers (Mod. 2)
  • Identify how to incorporate community-engaged principles into research studies and practice settings (Mod. 3)

Community engagement in research provides an opportunity for greater trust and respect to be built between academic researchers and communities and, ultimately, improved community health. Therefore, this course was designed for both researchers and community members in mind. The purpose of this online course is two-fold: to build the skills of researchers to develop trusting relationships and impactful research with the community and to prepare community partners to engage in health research.

Participants will learn key considerations when setting out to begin community-engaged research and will have the opportunity to engage in deep discussion with one another on topics in the field. Additionally, participants will hear perspectives from a myriad of seasoned researchers and community members on how to make health research more inclusive.

This course consists of three core modules that can be taken in succession or individually. These core modules will focus on:

  • methods and principles of community-engaged research;
  • cultivating effective collaboration between community members and researchers;
  • and how to incorporate community-engaged concepts into research studies and practice settings.

Session dates

October 13, 2021 – December 17, 2021

Time commitment

Three self-paced online modules which include video, participant discussions, and course activities over two months

Application due

October 6, 2021


Open to all with interest in learning more about the basic principles of incorporating community engagement in health research.

We believe that the research community is strengthened by understanding how a number of factors including gender identity, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, culture, religion, national origin, language, disability, and age shape the environment in which we live and work, affect each of our personal identities, and impacts all areas of human health.


  • Public health and clinical researchers in the U.S.
  • Community practitioners and community members across the U.S., such as:
    • Local health department staff
    • Community organization staff
    • Community members interested in health research

The Harvard Catalyst Education Program is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Catalyst Education Program’s policy requires full participation and the completion of all activity surveys to be eligible for CME credit; no partial credit is allowed.


  • Free for Harvard-affiliated institutions
  • CTSA member: $1125 (Note: this is a 25% discount off the standard fee.)
  • Non-CTSA member: $1500
  • Cancellation and Refund Policy [PDF]
  • Course fees can be modified for participants unable to meet financial requirements. Email us at to inquire about potential eligibility.
  • If you are a community practitioner or resident, please indicate this on your registration and we will determine the fee.