Graduate Certificate in Participatory Health Research

The Graduate Certificate in Participatory Health Research confirms the completion of graduate level training in the rationale, theoretical underpinnings, methods, and applications of community based participatory health research (CBPR) and patient centered outcomes research (PCOR). Community based participatory approaches are innovative methods that intersect with patient centered outcomes. When used together, CBPR and PCOR, there is significant potential for patient empowerment, enhancement of patient care, and improved population health outcomes. A collaborative effort between the Sinclair School of Nursing, Department of Family and Community Medicine, School of Social Work, and the Masters in Public Health program, individuals completing the Graduate Certificate in Participatory Health Research will gain highly valued skills necessary to conduct clinical research in partnership with a community. Participatory Health Research methods are ideal for addressing patient-centered questions related to informed choices, health outcomes, and quality of life. This graduate certificate is open to all health-related professions. These innovative types of research skills traditionally have not been included in health-related graduate program curricula.


Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Participatory Health Research include a graduate level statistics course, three didactic courses, and one research practicum experience.

Courses for this program are online: no campus visits are required.

Required Coursework:
NURSE 8425Participatory Approaches for Health and Health Systems3
or F_C_MD 8425 Participatory Approaches for Health and Health Systems
NURSE 9080DNP Residency Project3
or NURSE 9710 Advanced Research Practicum
or F_C_MD 8450 Research in Community Health
Graduate Level Statistics (one course)3
Introduction to Applied Statistics
Statistical Methods in the Health Sciences
Biostatistical Foundations for Health Researchers
Graduate Level Epidemiology (one course)3
Principles of Epidemiology
Principles of Epidemiology
Elective (one course)3
Doctoral Seminar: Social Determinants of Health
Theories and Interventions in Health Behavior Science
Evaluating Global Public Health Programs
Applied Epidemiology in Community Assessment
Total Credits15


For more information about this graduate certificate, contact the Sinclair School of Nursing by phone at 573-882-0200 or by e-mail at