Master of Science in Applied Outcomes Research

Fall 2022 application coming soon.


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

Program Overview

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


MS-AOR Curriculum

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Or, professional students (i.e. PharmD students) without a conferred degree and overall GPA of 2.8 prior to their enrollment in professional degree program
  • Minimum GPA 2.8
  • Pre-Requisites: At least 3 SCHs of Statistics or equivalent training
    • Justification may be submitted for candidates who do not meet all admissions requirements.
  • International Applicants
    • A course-by-course WES International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP) is required from any international institutions attended.
    • Language Exam Scores are required for applicants who are not U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents unless you have completed a degree program from within the US.  TOEFL PharmGrad Code: 8246.
    • The MS-AOR program does not sponsor F-1 visa for international students. International students can undertake all didactic courses online; you can participate in the on-site training (capstone project) either outside of the US or in the US under proper arrangements with a J-1 or B-1 visa.


Coming soon.

How to Apply

Application via GradCAS requires the following:

  • Required one-page personal statement of interest in the program (maximum 400 words)
  • Required two letters of recommendation from academic or professional references
  • Other optional supporting documents, such as CV or resume
  • Submit official transcript(s) from all institutions attended.*
    *Please note the following:
  • $74 application processing fee required

Program Contacts

For questions about the admissions process, contact the Admissions Office at

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