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Center for Healthcare Policy and Research

Center for Healthcare Policy and Research


The Center for Healthcare Policy and Research offers many opportunities for education and training.  Opportunities range from a weekly Health Services Research seminar series to conferences and special events. 

With funding from the National Institutes of Heath, the CHPR, in partnership with the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center, developed an online course in Comparative Effectiveness Research methods that is open to all and free of charge.  We also host the Quality, Safety and Comparative Effectiveness Research Training (QSCERT) fellowship program, supported by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 

Information about all of these offerings and more can be found below. 





The Center currently hosts a posdoctoral fellowship for researchers who desire comparative effectiveness training. 

The Quality, Safety, and Comparative Effectiveness Research Training (QSCERT) T32 Program is a multidisciplinary, postdoctoral training program in quality, safety and comparative effectiveness research with an emphasis on training future leaders in surgical, trauma, and urgent/emergency care outcomes research. T32 grants are institutional training grants to support promising researchers who have completed a doctoral-level degree but are not yet ready for faculty appointment. This is postdoctoral fellowship training (MD residents/fellows or PhD scholars) supported by funding from the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ). Scholars will participate in a one- or two-year training course and will be selected based on a competitive application process in which academic qualifications, career goals, and the quality of the training environment will be important considerations for funding.

For more information, visit the CHPR Fellowship page at http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis/chpr/fellowship/

CER Methods Course

Principles and Methods of Comparative Effectiveness Research

CHPR project team

With funding from the National Institutes of Heath, the CHPR, in partnership with the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center, has produced an online course in comparative cffectiveness research (CER) methods that is open to all and free of charge. 

This online learning opportunity includes video of lectures by UC Davis faculty who teach the course.

Comparative effectiveness research (CER) is the conduct and synthesis of research comparing the benefits and harms of different interventions and strategies to prevent, diagnose, treat, and monitor health conditions in “real world” settings. It is a priority for the physical and economic health of the nation. This course will provide an introduction to CER and methods for conducting CER. The course will cover four areas of research methodology:

  • Design and Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials
  • Design and Analysis of Observational Studies and Large Datasets Research Synthesis,
  • Systematic reviews, and
  • Meta-analysis Economic Evaluations, Modeling, and Health Policy

To learn more or to complete the course, please visit

Weekly HSR Seminar

Health Services Research Seminar Series

One of the fundamental aims of the Center is to enhance the intellectual environment for health services research at UC Davis and to help faculty and trainees develop the skills to conduct first-class health services research projects. As an expression of the Center's commitment to the professional growth of its faculty members, the noontime seminar series was initiated.

Convened under the leadership of Stephen Henry MD, the Seminar Series is held weekly during the academic year, with a hiatus during the months of July and August.  The location varies. Seminars are open to all Center members and other interested individuals. Continuing Medical Education credit is available to practicing physicians for most sessions, and students can take the course EPI 291 to earn 1 unit of course credit for each quarter of regular attendance.

January 14, 2014

Diabetes and Multimorbidity- a research proposal

Elizabeth Magnan, M.D., Ph.D. - Assistant Professor

Time: Noon to 1:00pm

Place: CHT building 1335


January 28, 2014

Ayse Tezcan, MPH, PhD candidate

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Hand Preference

Time: Noon to 1:00pm

Place: Medical Education Building 3207


We have a need for seminar presentations on the following dates:
January 7th & 21st


A mailing list is available for those wishing to stay informed about upcoming seminar events.  To be added to the list, please contact:

Rima Cabrera
(916) 734-6340

PCOR Methods Workshop

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Methods Workshop

CHPR project team

On the second and fourth Mondays of each month, the CHPR hosts a Methods Workshop in Patient-centered outcomes research design. The sessions are led by CHPR Director Joy Melnikow and biostatistician Daniel Tancredi. The informal learning sessions sometimes involve guest speakers with experience in patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR), and always provide opportunities to bring your questions about PCOR to the group.

Sessions take place in the downstairs conference room at the CHPR (see map here.)

To be kept up-to-date on these workshops, please contact Kirstin Truitt at so she can add you to our PCOR methods workshop mailing list.

Upcoming Events

Please see the Methods Workshop and Weekly Seminars Tabs for information on those events.



Event and Seminar Presentations

April 16, 2014
Learning to Drive in California: Patterns in Novice Motor Vehicle Crashes and Traffic Violations in the Era of the Graduated Driver Licensing Law

Scott Vincent Masten, Ph.D.
California DMV


January 22, 2014
The changing face of occupational health: Immigrant workers

Marc Schenker, M.D., M.P.H.
UC Davis Department of Public Health Sciences

October 30, 2013
Using transplant registry data and event history regression models to estimate exposure/outcome associations in pediatric renal transplant recipients

Daniel J. Tancredi, Ph.D.
UC Davis Department of Pediatrics and Center for Healthcare Policy and Research

October 16, 2013
Cannabis and the Treatment of Neuropathic Pain

Barth Wilsey, M.D.
VANCHCS Pain Clinic
UC Davis Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

October 9, 2013
Outreach and Education: Covered California

Lisa Mendez, PhD
UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities

May 9, 2013:
Patient Safety Indicators' Experiences in France and in Switzerland
Presented by:
Jean-Marie Januel, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N.
Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine
University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

May 8, 2013
The Reproducibility and Stability of US News and World Report Primary Care Medical School Rankings

Daniel J. Tancredi, Ph.D.
UC Davis Department of Pediatrics and Center for Healthcare Policy and Research

April 15, 2013:
Help-seeking and Utilization of Mental Health Care among Adolescents and Young Adults
Presented by:
Daniel Eisenberg, Ph.D.
Department of Health Management and Policy
University of Michigan

Surgical and Trauma Outcomes Research Conference, March 15, 2013

Trauma Care:  From Practice to Policy
Avery B. Nathens, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Toronto Department of Surgery

Making Trauma Data Actionable
N. Clay Mann, Ph.D., M.S.
University of Utah School of Medicine

Surgical Outcomes Research: A View from Outside Trauma
Justin B. Dimick, M.D., M.P.H."
University of Michigan Department of Surgery

Introduction to Outcomes Research Methods and Data Resources
David Chang, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
University of California, San Diego, Department of Surgery

Pediatric Trauma in the PECARN Network
Nathan Kuppermann, M.D., M.P.H.
University of California, Davis, Department of Emergency Medicine

The CTSC Emergency Medicine Research Consortium
James Holmes, M.D., M.P.H.
University of California, Davis, Department of Emergency Medicine

Developing Research Funding Opportunities in Burn Research
Tina L. Palmieri, M.D., F.A.C.S.
University of California, Davis, Department of Surgery

CHPR Seminar Series Slides

March 28, 2012:
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI): What is it and what does it mean for translational and health services researchers?
Presented by:
Patrick S. Romano, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor of General Medicine and Pediatrics
University of California, Davis

March 21, 2012:
Walking, Biking, and Electric Driving: What are the Health Benefits of Sustainable Transportation Alternatives
Presented by:
Neil Maizlish, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Research Scientist, California Department of Public Health

February 8, 2012: 
Ethics and Health System Reform:  Caring for Vulnerable Patients and Populations   

Presented by:
Matthew Wynia, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
ODepartment of Medicine, Infections Diseases, University of Chicago Medical Center
AMA Director of the Institute forEthics and the Center for Patient Safety

October 11, 2011: 
A Billion Here, A Billion There: Is Medical Overuse Crippling the U.S.?   

Presented by:
Richard A. Deyo, M.D., M.P.H.
Kaiser Permanente Endowed Professor
Oregon Health & Science University

August 31, 2011: 
Systematic Reviews: Potential and Pitfalls 

Presented by:
Roger Chou, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Scientific Director, Oregon Evidence-Based Practice Center
Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine and Department of Medical Informatics and Clincal Epidemiology
Oregon Health & Science University

May 27, 2010: 
Why Did Health Care Reform Come so Hard: How Much More is There to Do? 

Presented by:
Steven A. Schroeder, M.D.
Distinguished Professor of Health and Health Care, Department of Medicine
Director, Smoking Cessation Leadership Center
University of California, San Francisco

May 21, 2009: 
Measuring the Impact of Resident Work Hours Reform: Recent Findings and Next Steps
Presented by:
Patrick S. Romano, M.D., M.P.H.,
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Division of General Medicine and
Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
University of California, Davis