Curriculum

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The Yale NCSP curriculum has been specifically designed to allow our Scholars to develop translational research skills and take an active role in bringing about positive change in health care for individuals, organizations, and communities. Rather than participating in classes primarily designed for students at Schools of Public Health or Policy, Yale's curriculum is specifically designed for NCSP Scholars. The curriculum is focused on four core areas of study, and supplemented with a number of complimentary seminars and skill building opportunities. All courses and seminars are conducted in a setting that encourages Scholar interaction with faculty and guest speakers in a way that focuses on specific areas of interest and research while keeping career goals in mind. Upon successful completion of the curriculum and a thesis requirement, Scholars are awarded a Master of Health Sciences (MHS) degree from Yale University.

Core Courses:

  • Biostatistics: This curriculum is designed for clinicians who start with no training in quantitative methods. At the end of the year Scholars should be able to understand the intuition behind the core quantitative methods used in medicine, public health, health care, and health policy research. Scholars should also understand a variety of advanced statistical methods and the problems they solve, be able to choose appropriate statistical methods to answer substantive research questions, build sensible statistical models of causal processes, and use software to manage data.
  • Clinical and Health Services Research Methods: The Quantitative Methods portion of the curriculum covers the core epidemiologic principles and methods. We bring in Yale faculty members as well as experts from outside of Yale to cover topics and to discuss the specific applications of research methods in their work. The Qualitative Methods portion of the curriculum is about doing qualitative social research in public health and medicine. The course has both theoretical and practical components, and aspires to introduce scholars to various epistemological, philosophical and ethical considerations that are involved with qualitative research methods and the practice of social science research more generally. 
  • Principles of Health Policy and Management (PHPM): Provides exposure to the fundamental principles and practices in health care policy, financing, and delivery, as well as health care management. PHPM covers the fundamentals of health economics and US health care delivery and financing, including both public and private sectors; US health care policy development, analysis and evaluation, with a focus on the clinician-researcher’s role, at the federal, state and local levels; and topics in health care management.
  • Foundations in Community Engaged Research: Scholars will learn the principles and practices of community engagement, including working with local leaders to collaboratively assess community health priorities and exploring ways to address these priorities. Scholars also have the opportunity to engage in a community-based participatory research (CBPR) project, partnering with local community organizations or healthcare providers or payers to conduct research in accordance with the specific interests of the Scholar and community stakeholders. 

Complimentary Courses & Seminars:

  • Interpersonal Relationships & Leadership in the Workplace
  • Seminars in Health Policy and Delivery (SHPD)
  • Ideas, Presentations, Analyses, and Dissemination Seminar (IPAD)
  • Writing workshops, including op-ed training
  • Group mentor breakfasts
  • Research Tracks
  • Healthcare Leadership Externship (optional)
  • Summer Health Policy Internship (optional)
  • Teaching opportunities at the Schools of Medicine and/or Public Health (optional)