The Master of Science in Health Economics and Clinical Outcomes Research [HECOR] is a 40 credit hour professional program offering students a foundation in health economics and health services research. Health outcomes research and economic evaluation is a growing field in which researchers examine the risks and benefits of drugs, medical devices, biotechnology and comparative interventions. Study results and conclusions are used by medical professionals, payers, self-insuring employers and government agencies to make better informed healthcare decisions and thereby improve patient care. The program is designed to train students to conduct both clinical and economic evaluations that inform health-care decisions. Students will learn how to conduct research that generates evidence on the effectiveness, benefits, and harms of different treatment options to include but not limited to: drugs, medical devices, tests, surgeries, or ways to deliver health care.
Students enrolled in this program will take courses spanning health economics and econometrics, data mining large with operational databases (e.g., payer, electronic medical records, and hospitals), statistical modeling and epidemiology in domestic and international settings. Graduates of this program will be well positioned to pursue careers as analysts, managers and directors in the fields of health outcomes research, policy, economics and reimbursement.
The program is designed as an aggressive, part-time program of two courses and a seminar for each semester - fall, spring, and summer - for two years, amounting to 20 credit hours per year.