Comparative Effectiveness Research

The college’s Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) online learning center offers online training to doctors, nurses and other health professionals on methods that compare emerging technologies and treatment options for serious illnesses and injuries.

The training provides a general introduction to CER and in-depth instruction on specific CER methods via open course modules on the Center for HOPES website. It is accessible by health professionals worldwide.

The learning center is a collaboration among The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), the College of Public Health and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Applications of CER work include comparisons of drug therapy, primary care practices, emerging technologies, treatment options for serious illnesses, program evaluation, and many more.

CER data can be used by patients, doctors, care teams, healthcare professionals, and policy makers to improve decision-making for their own health and the health of others.

Within the first 5 months of the program’s debut, the site had visitors from every continent except Antarctica with nearly 500 views of 31 modules.