Applied Health Economics & Outcomes Research
Applied Health Economics & Outcomes Research (AHEOR)
- is an academic discipline that establishes the efficacy of a product, service, or treatment;
- compares its effectiveness to other interventions; and
- considers its incremental cost efficiency to determine optimal clinical application and overall economic value.
Program Options & Tracks
Our AHEOR program has two degree options and the master’s degree has two tracks. All coursework is 100% online and uses an accelerated term format specifically designed for working professionals. This enables students to focus on building one set of skills at a time, but still graduate at the same pace as traditional graduate degree programs.
The Graduate Certificate focuses on the foundations of AHEOR. This option contains five online courses and can be completed in one year.
The Master's of Science (MS) builds upon the foundation concepts presented in the Graduate Certificate and focuses on the advanced application of concepts necessary for the modern practice of AHEOR in research and industry settings. This option contains ten online courses and a capstone project, which is specifically designed to enhance the student’s career trajectory. This option can be completed in two years.
Students wishing to practice within the United States will learn how to apply AHEOR concepts to the organization, delivery, and financing of healthcare specific to the unique aspects of the US healthcare system.
Students wishing to practice outside of the US will learn how to apply AHEOR concepts to other healthcare environments, such as socialized and nationalized healthcare models, developing markets, and cultural differences impacting subjective measures in those settings.
- 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
- Governmental, policy, and public health professionals conducting outcomes research, cost-effectiveness analysis, regulatory development and oversight, and advising on changes to Medicaid, Medicare, Veterans Administration, and other government funded programs
- Managers of health plans, actuaries, government affairs officers, provider managers, and others involved in packaging, selling, servicing, and managing health insurance products
- Human resource professionals, insurance brokers, benefits consultants, finance staff, and others involved in purchasing and evaluating health plan benefits on behalf of employed populations
- Students with undergraduate degrees in health policy, economics, political science, and public health and students with clinical degrees who are interested in focusing on optimal clinical effectiveness and financial efficiency in healthcare
Our AHEOR program is built upon 20+ years of experience working with some of the largest firms in the pharmaceutical industry to train their leaders in market access, budget impact analysis, economic evaluation, and comparative effectiveness research. Unlike other graduate programs, the faculty in our AHEOR program have significant industry experience—with many still working with insurance companies, drug and device manufacturers, and population health management consultancies.
- 100% online with no in-person or synchronous learning requirements
- Globally focused curriculum designed by and for AHEOR professionals
- Accelerated 7-week term format tailored to working professionals
- Courses taught by expert practitioner faculty who bring their extensive real-world experience to the classroom
- Complete a graduate certificate in one year or a master’s degree in two years by taking just one course at a time