Master of Science
Health Outcomes Research seeks to understand the end results (outcomes) of particular health care practices and interventions. These outcomes examine healthcare effects, such as quality of life and mortality. By linking the care people receive to the outcomes they experience, outcomes research has become the key to developing better ways to monitor and improve the quality of care.
The International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) has defined outcomes research as ‘the scientific discipline that evaluates the effect of health care interventions on patient well-being including clinical outcomes, economic outcomes, and patient-reported outcomes.’
- Clinical outcomes, such as stroke, disability, hospitalization, mortality, etc.
- Humanistic outcomes, such as health-related quality of life (HRQoL), treatment satisfaction, etc.
- Economic outcomes, such as cost of treatment, burden of illness, cost-effectiveness, cost/quality adjusted life year (QALY), etc.
The need for health outcomes research is growing rapidly as healthcare resources become scarce and more attention is focused on healthcare costs and inefficiencies. Health outcomes research is used for making effective clinical and business decisions, improving patient-reported outcomes and health quality, and decreasing payer costs by discouraging the use of costly, ineffective treatments.
A report by the Institute of Medicine on September 7, 2012 found that the US healthcare system wastes $750 billion a year, or 30 cents out of every dollar spent on healthcare. Given the meteoric rise in healthcare costs such waste has caught the attention of politicians, healthcare administrators, and insurance corporations. Better use of data is where health outcomes enter the picture. Nearly all healthcare reform bills rely heavily on health outcomes research and measures. As a result of the urgent need to understand health expenditures, some of the fastest growing careers, according to the US Department of Labor, are related to health outcomes; including Medical and Health Services Managers (annual salary of more than $93,000) and Healthcare Administrator (median salary between $71,000 and $87,000) as examples. In fact, a February 1, 2012 employment projection report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that healthcare support occupations are expected to grow by nearly 35% in the next decade and that one-third of the fastest growing occupations are related to healthcare. Employment opportunities exist in the insurance and pharmaceutical industry, hospitals, and the government sector.
In the Health Outcomes Research program at ACPHS, students receive a solid foundation in health outcomes research focusing on the language and concepts of public health research and statistical methods. The program offers students an outstanding opportunity to complete a research degree which can enhance their current experience and help define a new and dynamic career in healthcare. Graduate level courses are taught in an interactive classroom environment, with graduate students receiving the individual attention necessary to succeed. Students learn to design, implement, and analyze health outcomes studies and critically review and use outcomes research and data. Students in the program will obtain the knowledge necessary to succeed in the workforce or continuing their education at the Ph.D. level.
The College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
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Official TOEFL or IELTS scores less than two years old; official WES or ECE evaluations of all transcripts submitted from colleges attended outside the United States
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