Community-Engaged Research (CEnR) Training

This training program will be hosted through Blackboard. If you would like access to the Community-Engaged Research Online Training, please contact Theresa Green, Director of Community Health Policy and Education.

One of the central challenges for academic institutions is to translate research findings more quickly from the bench to the bedside to the community. In order to do this successfully, a great deal more involvement of the community is necessary; therefore, engaging the community in the research endeavor to reflect community interests will enhance the potential for more rapid translation of research.

The primary goals of Community-Engaged Research training program are to educate investigators to:

  1. Engage more effectively with community organizations, agencies, and diverse population groups to identify research questions critical to the community and to improve methods to reflect community preferences;
  2. Develop more effective strategies for recruitment and retention of participants in clinical studies; and
  3. Improve the dissemination of information from health promotion interventions and/or clinical trials to increase the community’s knowledge of health promotion and disease prevention.

Objectives for Community-Engaged Research Online Training Program

The Community-Engaged Research online modules cover a number of topics to give participants a perspective on the rationale for using a community-engaged research approach to plan, implement, evaluate and disseminate effective health promotion and disease prevention interventions to reduce health disparities. By the end of the program participants will be able to:

  • Identify the role of community engagement in the translational research process.
  • Identify community-engaged research principles and practices (collaboration with community partners, methodological considerations, program evaluation, and strategies for recruitment and retention).
  • Identify the principles of cultural competency.
  • Identify ethical dimensions of conducting community-engaged research.
  • Identify strengths and limitations of choosing a CBPR approach to address public health problems.


The online education program in Community-Engaged Research has been approved for 3 CME credits by the Office of Continuing Professional Education and for 3 CNE credits by the School of Nursing. Participants will complete four required online modules, all designed for self-paced learning.

Community-Engaged Research Education Program Online Modules:

  • Module One: Translational Research in Academic Medical Centers
  • Module Two: Community-Engaged Research: A Collaborative Approach
  • Module Three: Community-Based Participatory Research Methods
  • Module Four: Recruitment, Retention, Dissemination

Module Three includes the Campus Community Partnership for Health (CCPH) evidence-based curriculum, Developing and Sustaining Community-Based Participatory Research Partnerships: A Skill-Building Curriculum. This curriculum is intended as a tool for community-institutional partnerships that are using or planning to use a CBPR/CEnR approach to improving health.

Special Topics:

The special topics are not required, but have been added to expand the content material and to provide additional resources for investigators who may be writing research proposals.

  • Population Health and the Human Genome Project
  • Health Disparities - Health Improvement
  • Social Ecological Framework
  • Race and Ethnicity in Population-Based Studies
  • PBRNs: An Infrastructure for the Research Enterprise

Program Evaluation

The goals for evaluating the education program will be to assess the effectiveness of the content and to identify ways to improve the education program. There will also be a short Community Engagement Research Online Program assessment.


NIH Funding Acknowledgement ** Important ** All publications resulting from the utilization of CTSI resources are required to credit the CTSI grant by including the NIH FUNDING ACKNOWLEDGEMENT and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.