We are dedicated to enhancing the intellectual environment for health services research at UC Davis and helping faculty, trainees, and staff develop skills to conduct first-class health services and policy research.  As an expression of our commitment to the professional growth of its members, we provide a seminar series, fellowship programs, and courses in comparative effectiveness research and patient-centered outcomes research.

The Center for Healthcare Policy and Research (CHPR) Seminar Series brings in diverse speakers to present their recent research findings and focuses on the following topics:

  • Research-in-progress (at any stage)
  • Recently completed research
  • Innovative research methods
  • Policy implications of health services research
  • Pre-proposal discussion of research ideas or plans
  • "Practice presentations" for abstracts accepted for regional or national meetings

Postdoctoral researchers are provided with advanced, multidisciplinary training in clinical, statistical, and social sciences related to healthcare quality, safety, and comparative effectiveness research.

Current Fellowship Program:

  • QSCERT-PC: The Quality, Safety, and Comparative Effectiveness Research Training in Primary Care (QSCERT-PC) postdoctoral fellowship training program for board-certified/eligible primary care practitioners and PhD scholars is supported by National Research Service Award (NRSA) funding for primary care research training, from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). QSCERT-PC goes through the National Residency Matching Program for Academic General Pediatrics.

The CHPR Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) Course introduces students to a range of methods used in research on health outcomes and provides real world experience in evidence synthesis. The course will provide an introduction to a range of Comparative Effectiveness Research Methods. Set in a hybrid course format, students will review recorded lectures online, and complete assignments outside of class.

Our Senior CHPR members offer mentoring to early-career early career faculty, fellows, residents, and students in various fields. Former fellows and graduate students have gone on to faculty positions at UC Davis and other academic institutions, as well as many other academic institutions and state and federal health agencies.