Graduate Embedded Certificate Community-Based Research and Evaluation


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Community-based research and Evaluation (CBRE)

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Program at a Glance

Program structure

4 graduate-level courses + 1 field experience course.

Location & Format

Classes held on UAlberta’s main campus.


Embedded in your graduate program.


This embedded program is designed as an additional credential for graduate students currently registered at the University of Alberta who would like to develop skills for participating in or lead community-based research and evaluation initiatives.


Students in this program will:

  • Build an understanding of CBRE concepts and of program planning and evaluation.
  • Explore a variety of quantitative, qualitative, and/or mixed methods.
  • Develop CBRE skills and gain experience with CBRE.
  • Network with others interested in policy development, practice, evaluation, and research.
  • Participate in CBRE interactions between community and university partners to apply the concepts and methods learned through their coursework.

Program Plan

The Community-Based Research and Evaluation (CBRE) Graduate Certificate is an embedded certificate program that graduate students from other programs at the University of Alberta may complete at the same time as they fulfill the requirements of their programs. 

The CBRE certificate includes two program-specific courses, INT D 500 and EXT 541, which are offered by the Faculty of Extension. INT D 500, An Introduction to Community-Based Research and Evaluation, provides an introduction to conceptual and methodological foundations of CBRE. EXT 541, CBRE Experience, is an opportunity to apply the content learned through the coursework. It will be arranged and approved with the assistance of the Experiential Learning Coordinator. 

The certificate also requires the completion of three courses from other UAlberta faculties: one 3-credit graduate-level course in program planning and evaluation, and two 3-credit graduate-level courses in research methods (quantitative, qualitative, and/or mixed methods). Qualifying courses from other faculties will normally be selected from this list of approved options. However, if you have a course that you feel may meet the requirements for program planning and evaluation or research methods, the CBRE Academic Advisor will consider your request pending a review of the course syllabus and your academic transcript to verify successful course completion.


1 core course (INT D 500) 
1 course in program planning & evaluation
2 courses in research methods
CBRE Experience (EXT 541)


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Qualifications & Admission

As this is an embedded certificate program, you must be registered in a graduate degree and may pursue this certificate while fulfilling existing requirements for other graduate programs at the University of Alberta. We recommend that you apply early in your graduate program to accommodate course selection.

You may start the CBRE program in the fall (September), winter (January), spring (May), or summer term (July).


  1. Click on the ‘Apply now’ button below to download the Graduate Certificate Admission Form.
  2. Complete the form and send it to CBRE Program, University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension, 10230 – Jasper Ave, Edmonton AB T5J 4P6.
  3. Contact our office to arrange a meeting with the CBRE Academic,


Courses Offered

Registration for Introduction to Community-Based Research and Evaluation (INT D 500) and CBRE Experience (EXT 541) is available through Bear Tracks

You may register for INT D 500 without enrolling in the program. If later you decide to apply for the full program, the course will be applied toward your graduate certificate. Classes are held at the University of Alberta’s main campus.

INT D 500 – An Introduction to Community-Based Participatory Research

An introduction to conceptual and methodological foundations of community-based participatory research in the health and social sciences. 

Seminar format. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

EXT 541 - CBRE Experience

Students will participate in a supervised field experience and demonstrate the integration of concepts, principles, and approaches learned in INT D 500. Students will prepare a knowledge-sharing activity appropriate to the field experience setting. Normally students will be expected to complete all of their CBRE Graduate Certificate course requirements prior to enrolling in EXT 541.

Open to students in the CBRE Graduate Certificate only.


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