Summer Program in Outcomes Research Training (SPORT)

Program Overview

The Summer Program in Outcomes Research Training (SPORT) provides an intensive introduction to outcomes research for fellows and junior faculty and includes coursework in health services research, biostatistics, research methods, and clinical epidemiology. The program also offers participants opportunities to develop a research proposal that could form the basis of an NIH or other career development award. All SPORT participants attend the weekly Outcomes Research Workshop (ORW) as well as a number of other workshops and training opportunities throughout the summer.

A number of trainees have used SPORT as a way to jump start a master’s degree in Public Health Sciences (MSCP), but SPORT can also function as a stand alone program. View the SPORT Flyer here. 

2020 Program Dates: Monday, July 6 – Friday, August 21, 2020. View the 2020 SPORT schedule here.

The deadline to apply for SPORT 2020 is Monday, April 20, 2020. Late applications after this date will still be accepted. If submitting the application after the deadline please email Kelsey Bogue after submitting the application to inform us of your submission.

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For additional questions about SPORT, please contact Kelsey Bogue, program administrator, at


Fundamentals of Health Services Research—CCTS 45200/PPHA 47900/PBHS 35000
Instructors: David Meltzer, MD, PhD; Marshall Chin, MD, MPH; others TBA
Time: Mondays/Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays/Fridays, 1:00-2:30 pm
Location: Billings Hospital, H300
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the fundamentals of health services research. The basic concepts of health services research will be taught with an emphasis on both their social scientific foundations and the methods needed for their practical application to empirically relevant research. Theoretical foundations will draw on principles from economics, sociology, psychology, and the other social sciences. Methodological topics to be covered will include techniques for data collection and analysis, including outcomes measurement, survey methods, large data set research, population-based study design, community based participatory research, research based in clinical settings, qualitative methods, cost-effectiveness analysis, and tools of economic and sociological analysis. The theoretical and empirical techniques taught will emphasize those relevant to the examination of health care costs, quality, and access. Major applications will include: measurement and improvement of health care quality, analysis of health disparities, analysis of health care technology, and analysis of health care systems and markets. Students prepare a grant proposal as the final assignment for this course.

Introduction to Biostatistics— PBHS 32100/CCTS 45000
Instructors: John Cursio, PhD
Time: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 3:00-4:30 PM
Location: TBA
This course will provide an introduction to the basic concepts of statistics as applied to the biomedical and public health sciences. Emphasis is on the use of the interpretation of statistical tools for data analysis. Topics include (i) descriptive statistics; (ii) probability and sampling; (iii) the methods of statistical inference; and (iv) an introduction to linear and logistics regression.

Clinical Epidemiology—PBHS 30700/CCTS 45100
Instructors: Diane Lauderdale, PhD; Brian Chiu, PhD
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00-11:00 AM
Location: TBA
Clinical epidemiology is the “application of epidemiologic principles and methods to problems encountered in clinical medicine.” This course introduces the basic principles of epidemiologic study design, analysis and interpretation, with a particular focus on clinical applications. The course includes lectures and discussions based on critical appraisal of significant research articles.


STATA Software Workshop
Time: Wednesdays 10:00-11:20 AM
Location: TBA
Participants receive instruction on using STATA, statistical software in data analysis, as a supplement to HSTD 32100 Introduction to Biostatistics.

Research Proposal Development Workshop (RPDW)
Instructors: Micah Prochaska, MD, MS
Time: Mondays, 2:45-4:15 PM
Location: TBA
RPDW provides SPORT participants with an opportunity for small group mentorship in the development of a research proposal in their area of interest. The workshop will focus on moving from a broad research interest to a focused research question, including hypothesis generation and the development of well-framed specific aims. Enrollees will have an opportunity to develop their ideas with and receive feedback from colleagues as they prepare to present to a larger group through the Outcomes Research Workshop or other seminar series. Additionally, some participants use this workshop to work on the final assignment for the Fundamentals of Health Services Research course, which is a grant proposal.

Outcomes Research Workshop (ORW)
Organizers: Kelsey Bogue, MA
Time: Wednesdays, 8:30 – 9:45 AM
Location: TBA
The Outcomes Research Workshop offers trainees and faculty interested in outcomes research an opportunity to receive supportive and constructive feedback from colleagues representing a wide range of disciplinary perspectives.

Informatics Mini-Module


The standard fee for SPORT is $3000. For the Department of Medicine candidates, Medicine will pay $1500 and the section will pay $1500.  Surgery will pay $3000 for candidates participating from that department, and applicants from other departments should check with their department chair regarding this fee. Students currently enrolled in a University of Chicago graduate program may be able to participate in SPORT without additional charges beyond tuition and fees by registering for the courses as part of their graduate program.

How to Apply

Apply to SPORT using the online application by April 20, 2020, 5 pm Central Time. You will need to submit the following application materials:

  • A current CV
  • A statement describing your interest in completing SPORT training
  • A recommendation letter from your Department or Section chair. This letter must include confirmation that your time will be 100% protected from all other clinical duties to attend all SPORT program components. It must also include the amount your department commits to fund your training.

Please note that students in the MSCP program who wish to participate in SPORT must submit a  SPORT application through the online portal below.

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