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  Feb 22, 2018
 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 
  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

Health Economic and Clinical Outcomes Research (HECOR), M.S.


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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. 

Curriculum


First Year


Fall Semester


7 Credit Hours

  • Statistics: STAT510 Introduction to Statistics (3) or HESA521 Quantitative Methods for Health Care Management (3)
  • Economics: HESA471/571: Introduction to HECOR (3)
  • Seminar: HECO601: Professional Development 1 (1)

Spring Semester


7 Credit Hours

  • Statistics: HECO522 Applied Analysis 1 (3)
  • Clinical: HESA567 Applied Epidemiology (3)
  • Seminar: HECO602: Professional Development 2  (1)

Summer Semester


7 credit hours

  • Statistics: HECO523 Applied Analysis 2 (3)
  • Economics: HESA575 Health Economics (3)
  • Seminar: HECO603: professional Development 3 (1)

Second Year


Fall Semester


7 credit hours

  • Economics: HESA579 Healthcare Policy & Policy Analysis (3)
  • Population Health: HECO5xx: Comparative Health Systems (3)        
  • Seminar: HECO604: Professional Development  4 (1)

Spring Semester


7 credit hours

  • Statistics: HECO624 Advanced Research Methods (3)
  • Economics : HECO67x Cost Benefit and Effectiveness (3)
  • Seminar: HECO605: Professional Development  5 (1)

Summer Semester


5 credit hours

  • Ethics: THEO544: Health Ethics (3)
  • Seminar: HECO699:  Mentored Capstone Practicum (2)
  • Choose practice focus area:
    1. OUTCOMES ANALYSIS FOR POPULATION HEALTH MGMT [BURDEN OF ILLNESS]
    2. OUTCOMES ANALYSIS FOR HOSPITALS, PAYERS OR SELF INSURING EMPLOYERS [COMPARATIVE EFFECTIVENESS RESEARCH]
    3. OUTCOMES ANALYSIS FOR GOVERNING BODIES [HEALTH TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENTS]

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