Health Services and Outcomes Research

Degree Types: MS

The Master of Science in Health Services and Outcomes Research (HSOR) provides training in research methods and the substantive field of health services and outcomes research. Health services and outcomes research can play a critical role in informing the healthcare policymaking process; developing clinical practice improvements; reducing healthcare disparities; and shaping the future organization and delivery of healthcare.

The Master of Science program is designed to prepare graduates for academic faculty positions or leadership positions in research organizations in the public or private sector.  After completing the program, students will possess the knowledge and skills to:

  • Conduct methodologically sound health services and outcomes research,
  • Create new knowledge aimed at improving health services and outcomes, and
  • Pursue funding opportunities to support their research.

The program’s courses follow an executive format that can accommodate the professional schedules of graduate medical trainees and medical faculty.  Master’s students are admitted each Summer.  Students may complete the degree in either one year of full-time study or by taking courses part-time over two years.   

The program emphasizes interdisciplinary and experiential-based training and allows students to tailor assignments and class work to their professional backgrounds and research interests. The curriculum focuses on the following topics:

  • Biostatistics
  • Quantitative methods in health services and outcomes research
  • Qualitative methods and analysis
  • Writing and peer review for publication
  • Ethical issues in health services research
  • Health economics and healthcare financing
  • Grant writing

The master’s degree program also includes a capstone course sequence in which the student develops and completes a culminating research project.

In addition to the MS degree, the Health Services and Outcomes Research (HSOR) program offers graduate certificates in HSOR Methodology and Contemporary Issues in HSOR.

See Health Services and Outcomes Research Degree Requirements for specific classes and procedures needed to complete this program.