Applied Health Economics & Outcomes Research
Certificate - 1 - 2 years. Master’s degree - 2 to 5 years, depending on pace through the program.
All courses are offered asynchronously online using best practices and interactive learning and are taught by practitioner faculty with years of experience and recognized expertise.
The AHEOR MS and Certificate programs are designed for working professionals seeking part-time educational opportunities.
Applied Health Economics & Outcomes Research (AHEOR) is an academic discipline that establishes efficacy of the product or service, compares its effectiveness to other interventions and considers its incremental cost efficiency. AHEOR is increasingly important as rising healthcare costs continue to challenge the nation’s economy and evidence indicates that additional spending is not associated with increased value in outcomes, costs or quality.
The Graduate Certificate in AHEOR and the Master of Science in AHEOR (MS-AHEOR) build on the Jefferson College of Population Health’s (JCPH) 20+ years of experience in AHEOR. These online degrees meet the growing need for professionals to evaluate and measure health outcomes (both physical and humanistic) and to ascertain economic consequences of healthcare interventions by determining optimal clinical effectiveness, comparative effectiveness and economic value. Graduates are in a position to become national leaders in applied health economics and to influence decision-making through the application of established scientific methods to the allocation of healthcare resources.
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in AHEOR are able to:
- Compare historical trends to current issues in U.S. healthcare organization, delivery and financing.
- Explore market structures and competitiveness and their impact on health insurance, the role of government and the pharmaceutical industry.
- Examine the strengths and weaknesses of research design and statistical methods in evaluating product or service efficacy.
- Discuss the key concepts and applications of simulations and quantitative modeling in economic evaluations in health care.
Graduates of the MS-AHEOR degree are able to achieve the above competencies plus:
- Analyze the structure and function of U.S. healthcare institutions with strong emphasis on financing and delivery.
- Apply analytic methods (e.g., burden of illness, evidence evaluation, statistics and research design, financial impact, cost-effectiveness, decision analysis, discrete event simulation) to inform resource allocation, relative value assessments and policy initiatives.
- Interpret and apply conceptual frameworks used in AHEOR, such as economic metrics (e.g., cost-effectiveness), quality of life evaluations (e.g., utilities and patient reported outcomes) and healthcare technology assessment evaluations (e.g., budget impact analysis, guidelines, formularies, and utilization incentives and disincentives).
- Communicate policy implications to various stakeholders and decision makers that reflect AHEOR concepts and techniques.
- Assume leadership roles in the decision process regarding the allocation of healthcare resources.
The AHEOR program is designed for experienced health executives and practitioners. Candidates should have a strong foundation and at least three to five years of experience in one or more key sectors of the healthcare or public health system. This program is not designed for recent college/professional school graduates or mature students transititioning from unrelated fields. Students in the program come from a variety of fields and have included:
- Pharmaceutical, biotechnology and device industry professionals working in outcomes research, product reimbursement, medical communications, new product development, biostatistics, regulatory and medical science liaison field operations
- Individuals working in public health, health policy and government or regulatory positions
- Management professionals working in health plans, hospitals and healthcare provider organizations
- Human resources professionals, brokers, benefits consultants, chief financial officers and others involved in purchasing and evaluating health benefits on behalf of employed populations
- Health information technology (HIT) specialists who function as IT engineers, product managers or market researchers
The Graduate Certificate in AHEOR requires completion of 15 credits or 5 courses, all of which can be applied to the MS-AHEOR.
The MS-AHEOR requires completion of 39 credits or 12 courses and a Capstone Project that is presented on campus to peers and faculty following completion of coursework.
- Earned baccalaureate degree with approximate GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Ability to perform graduate work demonstrated by one of the following:
- Graduate degree or at least 9 credits of appropriate graduate coursework with a grade of B or higher
- Competitive score on the GRE or other graduate entrance examination
- Competency in basic statistics demonstrated by one of the following:
- Undergraduate/graduate coursework with grade of B or higher
- Passing score on JCPH statistics qualifying test or other non-credit exam