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Evidence-Based Healthcare Certificate

Accessing and interpreting the best available evidence for the best possible decision-making. That is the goal of evidence-based healthcare and the Master’s level certificate program offered by Drake University. 

Achieving the best possible patient outcomes is an important goal for healthcare providers. As a result, there is a need for anyone in healthcare to locate, analyze, and incorporate the best evidence from the biomedical literature as they seek to achieve the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Triple Aim’s objectives of improved quality, improved patient satisfaction, and reduced costs while eliminating unsound or excessively risky practices.

The curriculum focuses on practical skills and analyzing the biomedical literature to solve healthcare practice problems, to stimulate innovative thinking, to identify issues and development strategies, and to provide leadership for evidence-based practice and research. In short not matter how you are involved in a healthcare system, the EBHC certificate program is designed to give you the tools to solve healthcare problems you encounter. 

The evidence-based healthcare certificate program integrates science-based interventions with the goal of improving population health. This masters-level certificate can be completed as a stand alone program or along with another Drake degree program through Drake Online. By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Apply the skills of research utilization, problem identification, and solution testing to promote the adoption of evidence-based practice.
  • Stimulate innovative thinking regarding behaviors, routines, and practices that are efficient and effective in improving patient and population health outcomes.
  • Identify issues and develop improvement strategies to enhance health care delivery.
  • Integrate and synthesize information from a variety of sources when making both individual patient, community health, and health policy decisions in a wide range of situations.
  • Provide leadership for evidence-based practice and research.

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The program will consist of three 3-credit hour courses and will finish with a 1-credit hour practicum/capstone project. 

  • HSCI 260: Survey of Evidence-Based Healthcare (3 cr.)
  • HSCI 261: Review of Statistics for Evidence-Based Healthcare (3 cr.)
  • HSCI 262: Critical Appraisal in Evidence-Based Healthcare (3 cr.)
  • HSCI 270: Practicum in Evidence-Based Healthcare (1 cr.)

 The courses will be offered online in a rotating format in six week terms:

Fall 2019:

HSCI 260: Survey of Evidence-Based Healthcare (Term #1)
HSCI 261: Review of Statistics for Evidence-Based Healthcare (Term #2)

Spring 2020:  

HSCI 262: Critical Appraisal in Evidence-Based Healthcare (Term #1)
HSCI 270: Practicum in Evidence-Based Healthcare (Term #2)
HSCI 260: Survey of Evidence-Based Healthcare  (Term #2)

Summer 2020:

HSCI 261: Review of Statistics for Evidence-Based Healthcare (Term #1)
HSCI 262: Critical Appraisal in Evidence-Based Healthcare (Term #2)

Fall 2020:       

HSCI 260: Survey of Evidence-Based Healthcare  (Term #1)
HSCI 261: Review of Statistics for Evidence-Based Healthcare (Term #2)
HSCI 270: Practicum in Evidence-Based Healthcare (Term #2)

Spring 2021:  

HSCI 262: Critical Appraisal in Evidence-Based Healthcare (Term #1)
HSCI 270: Practicum in Evidence-Based Healthcare (Term #2)
HSCI 260: Survey of Evidence-Based Healthcare  (Term #2)

Summer 2021:

HSCI 261: Review of Statistics for Evidence-Based Healthcare (Term #1)
HSCI 262: Critical Appraisal in Evidence-Based Healthcare (Term #2)