Applied Health Economics & Outcomes Research
Master of Science (MS) &
Certificate - 1 - 2 years. Master’s degree - 2 to 4 years, depending on pace through the program.
All courses are offered asynchronously online using best practices and interactive learning and are taught by practitioner faculty with years of experience and recognized expertise.
The AHEOR MS and Certificate programs are designed for working professionals seeking part-time educational opportunities.
Applied Health Economics and Outcomes Research (AHEOR) is an academic discipline that focuses on whether or not a product or service is efficacious and benefits patients. It establishes efficacy of the product or service, compares its effectiveness to other interventions and considers its incremental cost efficiency. AHEOR is increasingly important as rising healthcare costs continue to challenge the nation’s economy and despite evidence that additional spending is not associated with increased value in outcomes, costs or quality.
The Master of Science and graduate Certificate in Applied Health Economics and Outcomes Research build on the Jefferson College of Population Health’s (JCPH) 20+ years of experience in AHEOR. These online programs meet the growing need for professionals to evaluate and measure health outcomes (both physical and humanistic) and to ascertain economic consequences of healthcare interventions by determining optimal clinical effectiveness, comparative effectiveness and economic value. Graduates are in a position to become national leaders in applied health economics and to influence decision-making through the application of established scientific methods to the allocation of healthcare resources.
Graduates of the Certificate program achieve basic competencies in AHEOR. Graduates of the master’s degree program achieve deeper and more comprehensive proficiency in techniques and methods of health outcomes research. These include the ability to:
- Analyze the structure and function of U.S. healthcare institutions with strong emphasis on financing and delivery.
- Apply analytic methods – burden of illness, evidence evaluation, statistics and research design, financial impact, cost-effectiveness, decision analysis, discrete event simulation – to inform resource allocation, relative value assessments and policy initiatives.
- Interpret and apply conceptual frameworks used in AHEOR, such as economic metrics (e.g., cost-effectiveness), quality of life evaluations (e.g., utilities and patient reported outcomes) and healthcare technology assessment evaluations (e.g., budget impact analysis, guidelines, formularies, and utilization incentives and disincentives).
- Communicate policy implications to various stakeholders and decision makers that reflect AHEOR concepts and techniques.
- Assume leadership roles in the decision process regarding the allocation of healthcare resources.
- Pharmaceutical, biotechnology and device industry professionals working in outcomes research, product reimbursement, medical communications, new product development, biostatistics, regulatory and medical science liaison field operations
- Individuals working in public health, health policy and government or regulatory positions
- Management professionals working in health plans, hospitals and other facilities, and healthcare provider organizations
- Human resources professionals, brokers, benefits consultants, chief financial officers and others involved in purchasing and evaluating health benefits on behalf of employed populations
- Health information technology (HIT) specialists who function as IT engineers, product managers or market researchers
- Individuals with undergraduate degrees in public policy, economics, political science, applied math/engineering or a healthcare field who are considering a clinical or management career in health care
- The AHEOR MS and Certificate programs are designed for working professionals seeking part-time educational opportunities. Students can begin the program in September or January.
- All courses are offered asynchronously online using best practices and interactive learning and are taught by practitioner faculty with years of experience and recognized expertise.
- The MS-AHEOR requires completion of 39 credits comprising 11 courses and a Capstone Project that is presented on the Jefferson campus to peers and faculty following completion of coursework.
- The Certificate in AHEOR requires completion of 15 credits or 5 courses. All courses taken for the Certificate can be applied toward the MS-AHEOR.
- Three 14-week terms per year, beginning in September and ending in July, enable students to complete the Certificate in one to two years and the master’s degree in two to four years, depending on their pace through the program.
The MS-AHEOR requires completion of 39 credits comprising 11 courses and a Capstone Project that is presented on the Jefferson campus to peers and faculty following completion of coursework.
The Certificate in AHEOR requires completion of 15 credits or 5 courses. All courses taken for the Certificate can be applied toward the MS-AHEOR.
- Earned baccalaureate degree with approximate GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Ability to perform graduate work demonstrated by one of the following:
- Graduate degree or at least 9 credits of appropriate graduate coursework with a grade of B or higher
- Competitive score on the GRE or other graduate entrance examination
- Competency in basic statistics demonstrated by one of the following:
- Undergraduate/graduate coursework with grade of B or higher
- Passing score on JCPH statistic qualifying test or other non-credit exam
- Basic competency in medical terminology demonstrated by previous coursework/training or passing score on JCPH medical terminology qualifying test.