Certificate Programs

The Alberta SPOR Support Units (AbSPORU) are proud to present their certificate program series. Each certificate program concentrates on a specific content area. They utilize a mix of in-person and online sessions. Program lengths varies between 2 to 6 months. The Certificate Programs provide participants networking, mentoring and connections with other patient-oriented researchers, students, faculty, health professionals and patients throughout the province. AbSPORU offers four certificate programs.

For scheduling and registration of the Certificate Programs, please visit the Events page for up-to-date information.

The purpose of this certificate is to integrate currently available training, such as the ACRC recommended training courses, while providing additional content that integrates patient-oriented research with a focus on practical application using real-world and Alberta-specific examples. The certificate content has been organized into a chronological sequence that reflects the progression of a clinical trial, from pre-trial activities to study conclusion.

This certificate is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Learn more about the Leadership in Patient-Oriented Research: Pragmatic Clinical Trials Certificate program….

The Data Analytics for Health Research course is a joint effort of the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Health, University of Calgary, and University of Alberta. This course is designed to enable current professionals in the field of health data analytics to use administrative data effectively and to build the capacity in the Alberta workforce and research environment for the use of big data. At the end of the certificate program the learners will be able to do the following:

  1. Develop and apply knowledge of databases and administrative data in the context of health research through a case study
  2. Perform basic analysis, including decision-making about the steps to take in the process of addressing a research question
  3. Demonstrate understanding of data features, including defining study populations and variables
  4. Explain the principles of data quality in administrative health data, identify and apply methods for assessing data quality, and articulate the impact of data quality on results
  5. Demonstrate the ability to employ analytical techniques, including when specific tools/strategies are appropriate based on the research question and available data
  6. Develop an individual research question and present a plan for how this research question could be addressed utilizing the steps, processes, and techniques from the weekly sessions

Learn more about the Introduction to Data for Health Research program....

Learn more about the Leadership in Patient-Oriented Research: Data Analytics for Health Research program….


Formerly the Knowledge Translation Certificate Program

The Knowledge Translation Platform of the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit (AbSPORU) has collaborated with other subject matter experts to create a certificate aimed to provide foundational skills in knowledge translation, with a specific focus on the Alberta context. This course covers theory, methodology, and practical work intended to provide a breadth of knowledge and skills in knowledge translation.

The certificate is delivered entirely online over 11 weeks. This includes weekly live webinars with discussion guided by the course moderator(s), weekly readings and resources, and project-based assignments.

For details, please contact diane.christensen@ucalgary.ca

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