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Center for Healthcare Policy and Research

Center for Healthcare Policy and Research

CLH 210Y-201501: Principles and Methods of Comparative Effectiveness Research
Spring 2015 Course

Mondays, starting March 30, 2:00pm-4:00
Location: Education Building, Rm 3225

Hybrid Course Format: Students will review recorded lectures online, and complete assignments outside of class. There will be weekly 2-hour face-to-face meetings
to discuss lecture content, review journal articles, and work on class projects.
Course Description: This course will provide an introduction to a range of Comparative Effectiveness Research Methods.

Instructor of Record: J Melnikow, MD, MPH with instruction from R Kravitz, MD, MSPH; D Tancredi, PhD; P Romano, MD, MAS; Daniel Nishijima M.D. and James Holmes, Jr. M.D.

Registration: Contact Elizabeth Vice @
Enrollment is limited to 20 students. Prerequisite: Introduction Statistics Course.

Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER)
Useful Links

"The CER course is a Hybrid format with on-line lectures, in class discussion and assignments.  The course provides an introduction to a range of Comparative Effectiveness Research Methods. Candidates for the course have completed an Introduction to Statistics course and are enrolled in a graduate program or are post doctoral students.  The course can be taken for credit or audited with instructor approval.  Please contact Liz Vice @ or (916) 734-2463 to request enrollment in the course and/or to obtain a CRN."  


Principles and Methods of Comparative Effectiveness Research

The development of this course was funded by an American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) administrative supplement awarded to the University of California, Davis parent CTSA grant (UL1 RR024146) from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and NIH Roadmap for Medical Research. 

The course, taught in four modules comprising 22 lessons, is taught by CHPR Director Joy Melnkow and other UC Davis faculty, and may be taken free of charge. 

Other Useful Links

Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

AHRQ Effective Health Care (Main Page) How to Get Involved in the Effective Health Care (EHC) Program: A Concise Guide for Stakeholders

HHS.Gov: Comparative Effectiveness Research Funding

NIH Implementation Plan for CER 

AHRQ Implementation Plan for CER 

NEJM Comparative Effectiveness and Healthcare Reform

Federal Coordinating Council for Compative Effectiveness Report 

Commonwealth Fund -Comparative Effectiveness Research and Evidence-Based Decision Making Across Four Countries: The U.K., Germany, France, and Australia