The Health Services/Comparative Effectiveness Research Training Program (HSR/CERTP) at UAB is a combined fellowships mentored research training program in health services & outcomes research and comparative effectiveness research (Kenneth Saag, MD, MSc, PD/PI; Emily Levitan ScD, Pre-doctoral Program Director; and Michael Mugavero, MD, MSPH, Post-Doctoral Program Director).   These are full-time mentored research training fellowships supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) through Institutional (T32) National Research Training Awards (NRSA):

Our research and training base includes a partnership of UAB interdisciplinary research centers and programs and is primarily drawn from across 7 UAB Schools (Medicine, Public Health, Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing, Business, and College of Arts and Sciences), offering a pool of almost 25 experienced Mentors.

Program Content Areas

  • Translating Research Evidence into Practice and Policy

  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

  • Pharmacoepidemiology and Patient Safety

  • Quality Measurement and Improvement

  • Economic Evaluation and Decision Analytic Modeling

  • Health Informatics

Multidisciplinary mentored research training is the backbone of this training program and fundamental to successful career development in health services outcomes and effectiveness research and CER. The training program prepares independent investigators to pursue careers in health services & outcomes research focused on translating research evidence into practice and on comparative effectiveness research (CER) methods for evaluating the benefits and harms of different treatment strategies and interventions for health conditions on patient outcomes in real-world settings.   Skills development will include exposure to relevant epidemiological, statistical, experimental and quasi-experimental methodologies, analysis of large data sets, health outcomes measurement, decision analysis, and economic evaluation, all with an emphasis on the practical application of outcomes. Trainees will be expected to propose a team of at least two experienced mentors within the first two months after selection. An excellent pool of primary mentors has been identified.

Learn more about our predoctoral fellowship, View application here

Learn more about our postdoctoral fellowship, View application here.


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Benefits of the Program

An annual NRSA stipend for full-time multidisciplinary mentored research training is available to all trainees. Click here for or the 2019 Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA stipend levels. In addition to the stipend, the program provides health insurance, travel stipend, and funds to support tuition expenses. For questions regarding eligibility, program requirements and the application process, and an application packet please contact Jeanne Merchant or Jeff Foster