At a glance
Opportunity for
  • Investigators who want to understand and apply CER methods to their research.
  • Participants must have completed master's-level introductory courses in regression and epidemiology, and must possess at least a basic working knowledge of SAS, Stata, or R.
  • Participants who have completed Certificate in Applied Biostatistics are eligible for the course.
  • For other questions about eligibility or equivalent experience, please email us.
Time commitment
  • Online course work and assignments averaging 2-3 hours per week over 12 weeks.
Funding level
  • Tuition-free
Session dates
  • February 8 - May 3, 2017
Application Due
  • 5:00pm on December 1, 2016
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Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) is an introductory online course.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality defines the goal of CER as "inform[ing] health-care decisions by providing evidence on the effectiveness, benefits, and harms of different treatment options. The evidence is generated from research studies that compare drugs, medical devices, tests, surgeries, or ways to deliver health care."

In this online course, participants will learn about the motivation for CER and how it compares to other research areas. The course will discuss the variety of data sources and analytic methods that are used in CER studies. Course participants will also get hands-on experience performing data transformation and analysis.

Harvard Catalyst's Postgraduate Education Program offers first priority to applicants who are current students, faculty, or employees of Harvard University, its ten schools, or its seventeen Academic Healthcare Centers, or students at Boston College School of Nursing, MIT, or Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. A complete list of participating institutions can be found on the About Harvard Catalyst page. External applicants are accepted for a fee when space is available. For additional details, please email us.

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