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Term: 3rd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Jodi Segal
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructors:

Introduces students to the motivation and methods of comparative effectiveness research. Reviews the problems faced by decision makers across the US health care system, and the priority topics for investigation. Explains the role of stakeholders, including payors, manufacturers, health care organizations, professional groups, providers and patients. Explains study designs and methods used in effectiveness research, focusing in particular on observational studies. Also describes the policy implications of this research.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
describe the role of comparative effectiveness research and outcomes research in improving health, which includes the place of comparative effectiveness research in the U S research portfolio, the identity and agendas of stakeholders, and the policy impl
illustrate the difference between efficacy and effectiveness research
develop study designs and methodologies unique to effectiveness research
choose appropriate outcomes and match outcomes to design options to address priority topics

Methods of Assessment: mid-term short answer exam and produce a final term paper on how to design an approach to a problem in comparative effectiveness research.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Wednesday 1:30 - 2:50
  • Friday 1:30 - 2:50
Enrollment Minimum: 18
Enrollment Restriction: undergraduates not permitted in this course
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: CER is the generation and synthesis of evidence that compares the benefits and harms of alternative methods to prevent, diagnose, treat and monitor a clinical condition, or to improve the delivery of care. The purpose of CER is to assist consumers, clinicians, purchasers, and policy makers to make informed decisions that will improve health care at both the individual and population levels