Certificate in Applied Health Outcomes Research


Apply for Fall 2024: January 15 – July 1, 2024

Program Overview

What is Applied Health Outcomes Research?

Health outcomes research is used to develop patient-centered best practices, practice guidelines, and cost-effective therapeutic and behavioral interventions, improve healthcare system performance, and inform policy. It is not restricted to just medicine or health services but encompasses a broad range of health measurements. It requires scientific knowledge and data-driven insights for informed decision making.


The Certificate in Applied Health Outcomes Research may be completed 100% online in one year. The program provides an opportunity to learn:

  • Fundamental elements of outcomes research with real‐world data and evidence.
  • Basic knowledge and understanding of evidence-based decision making, including:
    • Assessment of clinical and patient‐reported outcomes and patient satisfaction
    • The impact of non‐clinical patient‐level factors on patient health
    • The role of economic evaluation methods in assessing the cost effectiveness of pharmacological and non‐pharmacological treatments
    • The intended and unintended consequences of health policy decisions

AHOR Certificate – Recorded Information Session

Hear from HSC College of Pharmacy faculty to learn more about applied health outcomes, coursework offered, and admissions requirements.

Career Opportunities in Outcomes Research

  • Clinical Outcomes Manager
  • Healthcare Administrators
  • Health Outcomes Program Manager
  • Pharmacoeconomist
  • Practitioners
  • Policymakers
  • Research Analyst
  • Other decision-makers charged with improving health outcomes for the individual, the population, and society

What skills will I gain upon completion?

  • Students can evaluate findings related to healthcare access, quality, utilization, treatments, and health outcomes in real-world settings.
  • Students can conduct AOR projects.
  • Students can drive healthcare policy decisions by applying evidence and data-driven practices.

Who should apply?

  • Students and working professionals interested in becoming more specialized in this field or pursuing graduate programs.
  • International students LEARN MORE

Certificate Program Roadmap

The 12 credit hours (5 courses) online program can be completed in one year.

Fall 2024- 5 Credit Hours

PHAR 7335 – Economic Evaluation and Policy*

PHAR 7237 – Pharmacoepidemiology**

Spring 2025- 7 Credit Hours

PHAR 7345 – Evidence-Based Healthcare*

PHAR 7236 – Patient Reported Outcomes**

PHAR 7235 – Applied Health Outcomes Capstone***

*Required courses for current PharmD students. 

**Electives available to current PharmD students. 

***Available as a PharmD elective if enrolled in the certificate program

Academic Requirements

  • Proficiency in English
  • Bachelor’s degree with minimum GPA 2.8, OR 
  • Professional students (example: PharmD students) without a conferred degree and overall GPA of 2.8 prior to their enrollment in a professional degree program
  • Statistics or equivalent training (3 semester credit hours)

How to Apply

Application requires the following:

  • One-page personal statement of interest in the program (maximum 400 words)
  • 1 – 2 letters of recommendation from mentors, teachers or supervisors.
  • Resume or CV
  • Optional submission, published articles.
  • Unofficial transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended.  Official transcripts may be required for an admission decision and will be required for matriculants.
  • International Applicants will be required to submit an official TOEFL Language Exam Score; use code 6909 to have your scores sent to HSC.
  • $50 application processing fee required

Applications will not be reviewed or receive decisions until all items, documents, and fees are received.

NOTE: If you are a current HSC PharmD student who wants to add the Certificate in Applied Health Outcomes Research to your program of study, the process is different; please contact Dr. Tina Machu at Tina.Machu@unthsc.edu.

Program Contacts

For questions about the admissions process, contact the Admissions Office at admissions@unthsc.edu.  (Current HSC PharmD students should contact Dr. Tina Machu at Tina.Machu@unthsc.edu.)

For questions about the program, contact: Rafia S. Rasu, PhD, Professor of Pharmacotherapy, UNTHSC College of Pharmacy at Rafia.Rasu@unthsc.edu.