COVID-19 Research Resources
A curated list of research resources around guidelines, policies, and procedures related to COVID-19, drawn from Harvard University, affiliated academic healthcare centers, and government funding agencies

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.
Time commitment
  • Online course work and assignments averaging 2-3 hours per week over 12 weeks.
  • Free for Harvard-affiliated institutions
  • CTSA member: $975.00
    (Note: this is a 25% discount off the standard fee.)
  • Non-CTSA member: $1300.00
  • Cancellation and Refund Policy [PDF]
  • Course fees can be modified for participants unable to meet financial requirements due to their geographical location. Email us to inquire about potential eligibility.
Session dates
  • March 10 - June 2, 2021
Registration due
  • 5:00pm on March 5, 2021

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."

Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) is a 12-week introductory online course where participants will learn about the motivation for CER and how it compares to other research areas. The course will discuss the purpose of CER and the variety of data sources and analytic methods that are used in CER studies. Additionally, course participants will gain experience performing data transformation and analysis.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Data sources
  • Cohort studies
  • Case-control studies
  • Self-controlled studies

Please note that, as an introductory course, cost effectiveness and randomized clinical trials are beyond the scope of this course and will not be addressed.

Harvard Catalyst's Education Program offers first priority to applicants who are current Harvard students, faculty, or current employees of Harvard University, its fifteen schools, and its nineteen academic healthcare centers.

Applicants not from an institution affiliated with Harvard Catalyst are accepted for a fee when space is available. For additional details, please email course administrators.

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