Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Applied Health Economics & Outcomes Research

Program Length

1 - 2 Years

Certificate - 1 year. Master’s degree - 2 years, depending on pace through the program.

Program Format


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.

Program Audience

Pharma/Biotech/Device/Clinical Professionals

The AHEOR MS and Certificate programs are designed for working professionals seeking part-time educational opportunities.


Rolling Admission

Students can begin the program in September or January. Applications are considered when submitted.

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.

Program Outcomes

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.

Program Audiences

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, all of which can be applied to the MS-AHEOR.

The MS-AHEOR requires completion of 33 credits. The Capstone Project is presented on campus to peers and faculty following completion of coursework.


Admissions Considerations

  • 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

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