Health Economics & Outcomes Research Fellowships


Name: Vittorio Maio, PharmD, MS, MSPH
Position: Director, HEOR Fellowship Program
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Name: Karen Walsh, DHSc, MS, MBA
Position: Assistant Director, HEOR Fellowship Program
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Name: Katherine Puskarz, MPH
Position: Fellowship Coordinator
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Information Sessions

Overview & Purpose

Thomas Jefferson University has offered industry-sponsored fellowships in health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) since 1994. The fellowships are administered through the Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH), which is the nation's first college of population health in the country.

The goal of the fellowship program is to prepare pharmacists and other health professionals for careers in health economics and outcomes research. One of the oldest and most established programs of its kind in the country, the JCPH fellowship program has more than 50 alumni to date. Current industry sponsors include Bristol Myers Squibb, Ethicon, Janssen, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Teva Pharmaceuticals.

General Information

  • All JCPH fellowships are 2-years long and begin in June.
  • Fellows are assigned a JCPH faculty mentor who advises them and supervises their progress throughout the course of the fellowship.
  • Fellows usually spend the first year on the Jefferson campus in downtown Philadelphia, PA. Fellows apply the skills and knowledge gained from formal coursework to their research projects.
    • Financial support from the industry sponsor allows Fellows to complete a JCPH graduate certificate or master’s degree in Applied Health Economics & Outcomes Research, Health Policy, Population Health, Population Health Intelligence, Operational Excellence or Healthcare Quality & Safety during the duration of the fellowship.
    • Fellows work on JCPH outcomes research projects and acquire management experience. Fellows are encouraged to produce publications and make presentations based on these projects at professional meetings.
  • Fellows typically spend the second year working at the site of the industry sponsor. This provides experience in outcomes research in a corporate setting and offers opportunities to see first-hand how policies affect various stakeholders within the industry.


Fellows are selected from an international pool of candidates with scientific and/or clinical training in health care (e.g., biomedical engineering, nursing, medicine, public health, epidemiology, health economics, health policy, pharmacy) and a stated interest in HEOR. Preference is given to individuals who have prior graduate training and experience in healthcare or HEOR, but this is not a requirement. 


Upon completion of the HEOR fellowships, alumni have the skills to:

  • Apply research principles and applications to the evaluation of healthcare interventions.
  • Analyze the policy implications of health outcomes research findings.
  • Analyze and employ the measurement of healthcare quality, safety and cost in various healthcare settings.
  • Examine the costs of medical and pharmaceutical care as seen from a variety of perspectives, including health plans, managed care organizations, pharmaceutical and device industries, and academia.
  • Assume leadership roles in the management of HEOR projects in a variety of healthcare settings.

Industry Sponsors

The Bristol Myers Squibb Fellowship prepares Fellows for success in a health economics and outcomes research career. During their second year, fellows refine the skills acquired at Thomas Jefferson University by working at Bristol Myers Squibb in the biopharmaceutical industry setting. As a member of the US HEOR team at Bristol Myers Squibb, the fellow will develop, execute, and communicate research strategies to help define the real-world value of Bristol Myers Squibb's hematology and oncology (HemOnc) and inflammation and immunology (I&I) products.

The Ethicon Franchise Health Economics & Market Access (HEMA) Fellowship provides training on the skills and insights necessary for a successful career in HEOR and market access in medical device industry. After six months of research experience at Thomas Jefferson University, the fellow will join the Ethicon Franchise HEMA team in Raritan, NJ or Cincinnati, OH. Valuable experience will be gained by conducting research to support health policy decisions and improve patient outcomes. In addition to project work, the fellow will participate in and lead meetings with cross-functional partners, and further develop networking and presentation skills conducive to successfully developing and marketing Ethicon’s product and specialty portfolio.

The goal of the Janssen Global Market Access Fellowship program is to prepare future leaders for successful careers in the field of HEOR and market access. After completing the first year of the fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University, fellows will spend one year working with the Janssen Immunology Market Access Department in Horsham, PA to support evidence generation activities and market access strategy functions. Fellows gain an in-depth understanding of global healthcare stakeholders, with a focus on payers and health technology assessors, and develop and apply research skills to generate evidence of value for Janssen products.

The Novartis Fellowship focuses on the assessment of therapeutic interventions and provides experience in using clinical, economic and humanistic data to support the research, development, adoption and utilization of pharmaceutical products. In their second year, fellows work in Novartis’ Health Economics & Outcomes Research Department, located in New Jersey, and also interact with other Novartis departments to learn how outcomes research generates evidence of the value of Novartis products.  

The Teva Fellowship is designed to facilitate and empower the fellow in learning and succeeding in the challenging global healthcare market. During the second year of the fellowship, fellows will work directly with the Global Health Economics and Outcomes Research (GHEOR) team to conduct outcomes research, generating evidence of the value of Teva products. In addition to project work, the fellow will participate in meetings with cross-functional partners and further develop networking and presentation skills among R&D, medical affairs, and commercial colleagues.

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