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Applied Health Economics & Outcomes Research

Applied Health Economics and Outcomes Research (AHEOR) is an academic discipline that focuses on whether or not a product or service is efficacious and benefits patients. Graduates of the program are prepared to assume policy analysis and advocacy roles in health care provider organizations, integrated health care delivery systems, government offices, academic institutions, health services research firms and community-based or advocacy organizations.

Program Overview
The MS in Applied Health Economics and Outcomes Research builds on the twenty years of experience in AHEOR.

The Master of Science in Applied Health Economics and Outcomes Research (MS-AHEOR) builds on the Jefferson School of Population Health’s twenty years of experience and expertise in AHEOR.  It meets the growing need for professionals to evaluate and measure health outcomes (both physical and humanistic) and to ascertain economic consequences of health care interventions by determining optimal clinical effectiveness, comparative effectiveness, and economic value.

  • All courses are offered asynchronously online. Upon completion of coursework, students come to campus for a seven-day symposium to present their capstone projects to faculty and fellow students.
  • Program requires 39 credits, which includes a capstone project.
  • Courses span the domains of health policy, research design and analytic methods, information systems and leadership skills.
  • The capstone project enables students to apply concepts, methods and theories to actual problems in real settings. Classes are offered across three 14-week sessions per year that begin in September and end by mid-July.
  • By taking two courses per term (the maximum number recommended for working adults), students can complete the degree program in six terms or 24 months.
  • Students can begin the program in September or January.

Program Instructional Objectives:
Graduates will design, conduct, analyze, and critically interpret findings from economic evaluations of healthcare interventions.

Graduates of the Jefferson MS-AHEOR will design, conduct, analyze, and critically interpret findings from economic evaluations of healthcare interventions. They will be in a position to become national leaders in applied health economics and influence decision making regarding the allocation of health care resources using established scientific methods.

Graduates of the MS-AHEOR will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Analyze the structure and function of the US healthcare institutions, with strong emphasis on financing and delivery characteristics
  • Apply analytic methods – including burden of illness analyses, evidence evaluations, research designs, statistical considerations, cost and financial impact analyses, cost-effectiveness analyses, decision analyses, and other clinical and economic evaluation techniques – to inform resource allocation, relative value assessments and policy initiatives
  • Interpret and apply organizing and conceptual frameworks used in applied health economic analysis, such as utility, quality of life, game theory, behavioral economics, and diffusion of innovation
  • Interpret and apply organizing and conceptual frameworks used in AHEOR output, such as economic metrics (e.g. cost-consequences, cost-effectiveness, cost-utility), quality of life evaluations (e.g. utilities and patient reported outcomes), and healthcare technology assessment evaluations (e.g. budget impact analysis, guidelines, formularies, positive and negative lists)
  • Communicate policy options and ramifications to various stakeholders by framing AHEOR concepts and techniques in terms relevant to decision makers and their ability to disseminate value information in their work environment
  • Assume leadership roles in the decision process regarding the allocation of healthcare resources


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