Master of Science in Public Health in Outcomes Research (OR)

Program Description

The health care field is placing increasing emphasis on the identification and measurement of clinical decision-making and cost/utility analysis. Continuing pressure for the development and measurement of both efficient and effective protocols and health care policies is the driving force underlying this emphasis. Increasingly, employers are seeking qualified analysts to study treatment effectiveness. This program is designed for individuals who want to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of specific health care treatments. You may be a physician who plans on a career in clinical research and wants to determine not only that a treatment works but that it is better than some alternatives after taking into account both cost and a patient's own treatment preferences. You may also be a non-clinician who likes solving complicated modeling problems that may involve simulation or clinical process modeling. Graduates of this track will work in clinical settings, government agencies, managed care organizations, insurance companies, health associations, pharmaceutical firms, and consulting firms analyzing cost effectiveness, utilization, and treatment effectiveness. Your future employment would probably be at an academic medical center or possibly the Food and Drug Administration or a pharmaceutical company.  In this program you will develop skills with cool tools such as Treeage and AnyLogic.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding of the problems of measurement and decision making in health care
  • Skill in applying methods of decision-making, cost-effectiveness analysis, modeling, and simulation

Program Requirements

Students are required to take a total of 43 credit hours which include 9 credit hours of project research. Click here or below for Curriculum Planning Sheet.

Program Admission Requirements

The program is open to students with a bachelor's degree and strong mathematics preparation.  An undergraduate grade point average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a minimum combined score of 1080 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE) are desirable for admission consideration. Click here for additional admissions information.