Certificate in Applied Health Outcomes Research


Application for Fall 2022 will open in January 2022.


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 2021- 5 Credit Hours

PHAR 7335 – Economic Evaluation and Policy*

PHAR 7237 – Pharmacoepidemiology**

Spring 2022- 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, OR 
  • Professional students (example: PharmD students) without a conferred degree and overall GPA of 2.8 prior to their enrollment in 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)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Submit official transcript(s) from all institutions attended.*
    *Please note the following:
  • $50 application processing fee required

Program Contacts

For questions about the admissions process, contact the Admissions Office at admissions@unthsc.edu

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