Certificate Option

Masters Option

NIH-level stipend
Protected research time
Free tuition
aLHSS core curriculum
Elective coursework
Grant Writing Training
Dedicated Mentoring Team
Individual Development Plan
Presentations at national meetings
First-authored manuscripts

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To provide the next generation of scholars with the methodological and professional skills to conduct research in the complex environments of health systems and to disseminate and implement the findings from such research into practice.

Qualified Candidates

Fellows, residents, other individuals with a doctoral degree (M.D., Ph.D., or similar) with interest in conducting research to improve healthcare delivery and patient outcomes. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status.


Trainees will receive:

  • NIH postdoctoral-level stipends and tuition benefits
    • may be eligible to receive additional support from the sponsoring academic department.
  • Free access to CTSI resources
    • biostatistical and research design support, study coordinator support

Potential Career Roles for Program Graduates:

  • Academic positions focused on health services and health systems research
  • Lead or collaborating investigator on externally funded research studies
  • Clinician-educator positions focused on teaching principles of healthcare improvement
  • Health system positions focused on implementing innovative delivery strategies

 Program Details:

  • Start date: Annually in summer

Training: This TL1 postdoctoral program offers two formal training options:

MS Degree (2-year-program)

  • aLHSS core curriculum
  • Elective coursework
  • One or more mentored research projects
  • Presentations at national meetings
  • First-authored manuscripts 

Certificate (1-year-program)

  • aLHSS core curriculum
  • One mentored research project
  • Presentation at national meeting
  • First-authored manuscript 

Novel aLHSS Core Curriculum

Designed to build core competencies in conducting Academic Learning Health System research, the curriculum encompasses the following seven competency domains

Core Competencies: Biomedical Informatics, Ethics of Research Implementation in Health Systems, Improvement and Implementation Science, Stakeholder Engagement, Leadership, and Research Management, Systems Science and Organizational Change Management, Research Questions and Standards of Scientific Excellence, and Health Systems Research Methods

  1. Conduct research in real-world systems using appropriate study designs and analytic methods to assess outcomes of interest to health system stakeholders.

  2. Understand the use of information systems in conducting academic Learning Health System research and improving patient and health system outcomes.

  3. Ensure that research and quality improvement in healthcare settings adhere to the highest ethical and regulatory standards.

  4. Reduce avoidable variation in process and outcome and ensure the systematic uptake of research findings in a health system.

  5. Engage stakeholders in all aspects of the research process and effectively lead and manage.

  6. Understand how health systems are financed and operate and how to apply systems theory to research and implementation.

  7. Ask meaningful questions relevant to health system stakeholders and evaluate the usefulness of scientific evidence and insights. 

Ref: Forrest, C.B., et al., Development of the Learning Health System Researcher Core Competencies. Health Serv Res, 2017. PMCID: PMC6051975.



Each postdoctoral trainee sets up individual development plan, guided by a mentoring team of experienced faculty, and meets with the mentoring team regularly for progress review and feedback.

The faculty mentoring team assists trainee in navigating obstacles that may arise in conducting research projects in healthcare settings.


Trainees will conduct a mentored research project to address a pressing issue relevant to Wake Forest and other health systems. These well-defined research projects will seek to improve patient outcomes, access to care, or healthcare costs.

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Claudia Olivier, Ph.D.
Education Program Director, CTSI 
colivier@wakehealth.edu | 336-716-9895