Health Services Research Academy

Health Services Research Academy

An education program for health care professionals to acquire the fundamental skills to conduct health services research.

Children's Hospital Association's Health Services Research Academy is a one to two-year education program for health care professionals of all fields and disciplines. It helps them acquire the fundamental skills to conduct health services research.

The academy offers:

  • On-demand learning modules to assist with project development, analysis, completion and dissemination of findings.
  • Hands-on, project-specific coaching or mentoring from internationally renowned health services research experts.
  • Platforms for project presentation and feedback.
  • Up to 11.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM for physicians and 11.5 ANCC contact hours for nurses.

Three levels of participation are available. Read the program summary for details, including participation requirements and a listing of academy directors, mentors and participants.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

Any health care professional or research professional.

What is the commitment?

  • The program is tailored to the needs of each enrollee. The amount of time and effort required for graduation will vary, but a one-year commitment is anticipated for most participants.
  • Enrollees will complete a suite of 15 online health services research modules. Topics mirror the essential steps of developing and conducting a research project, as well as disseminating findings from it. Topics range from introductory (e.g., how to develop a research analytical plan) to advanced (e.g., multivariable analysis using large, administrative claims data.)
  • The Capstone project provides the ultimate research experience. Enrollees can integrate one or more research projects with the learning modules, and receive direct coaching or mentoring from faculty. Program faculty will collaborate closely with enrollees’ local mentors.

What makes this research program unique?

  • The curriculum is designed to enhance research project skills from idea conception to the dissemination of findings.
  • The curriculum includes teaching on fundamental aspects of research that are often absent from traditional academic research training degrees and programs (e.g., how to assemble high-quality tables and figures, how to write a high-quality response to reviewers document during peer review for a manuscript publication).
  • This research program was developed with practicality at its core. The curriculum is flexible to accommodate your existing research knowledge and complement that knowledge by acquiring new research skills based on your interest. The timeline for completion is also flexible. It's designed to work as a stand-alone training program, or in conjunction with the pursuit of a formal education degree.

Review Module 

Access a learning module to help prepare for research and analytics questions on the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Boards.


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