Master of Science in Applied Outcomes Research
Earn a Master of Science in Applied Outcomes Research and make an impact on the health and well-being of populations and individuals.
- Prepare to work in a variety of clinical and non-clinical settings.
- Learn to apply health outcomes research to inform decision-making.
What is Applied Outcomes Research?
Applied outcomes research is used to:
- Develop patient-centered best practices and practice guidelines
- Generate cost-effective therapeutic and behavioral interventions
- Improve healthcare system performance
- Inform policy
It is not restricted to just medicine or health services but encompasses a broad range of health measurements and requires scientific knowledge and data-driven insights for informed decision-making.
Career Opportunities in Applied Outcomes Research
With growing worldwide chronic disease burden and the need for effective therapeutic interventions, the market for health outcomes research services is expected to exceed $1.7 billion in the next five years. However, research also suggests that there is a shortage of trained professionals in this field.
Outcomes researchers are employed as Clinical Outcomes Managers, Healthcare Administrators, Research Analysts and more in diverse settings including:
- Contract Research Organizations (CROs)
- Government organizations
- Health insurance companies
- Healthcare systems/Hospitals
- Non-profit policy and research institutions
- Pharmaceutical industry
- Regulatory agencies
The Master of Science in Applied Outcomes Research (MS-AOR) (pending SACSCOC approval) provides knowledge and understanding of evidence-based decision-making, including:
- Assessment of clinical and patient-reported outcomes and patient satisfaction
- 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
- The skills to conduct empiric AOR projects with real-world data