Master's in Health Outcomes Research

The need for health outcomes research is growing rapidly as health care resources become scarce and more attention is focused on health care costs and inefficiencies.

Health outcomes research is used for making effective clinical and business decisions, improving patient-reported outcomes and health quality, and decreasing payer costs by discouraging the use of costly, ineffective treatments.

In the M.S. program in Health Outcomes Research at ACPHS, students receive a solid foundation in this discipline by focusing on the language and concepts of public health research and statistical methods.

Courses are taught in an interactive classroom environment, with students learning to design, implement, and analyze health outcomes studies and critically review and use outcomes research and data.

The program offers each student an outstanding opportunity to earn a degree that will enhance his/her current experience and help define a new and dynamic career in health care. 

Students in the program will also obtain the knowledge necessary to continue their education at the Ph.D. level. 


The curriculum includes 30 credits of advanced-level coursework and six (6) credits of thesis research, which includes the writing and defense of one's thesis. 

Master's of Science in Health Outcomes Research (MSHR) students will take the below courses and thesis credits to meet the requirements for graduation.

Full-time students typically take 9-12 credits per semester and generally complete the program in two years. All graduate students are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher in order to remain in good standing and be eligible for graduation.

MSHR Coursework

  • PAD 725 Econometrics
  • PAD 615 Pharmacoeconomics and Health Policy
  • PAD 635 Quantitative Analysis I
  • PAD 605 US and Global Healthcare Systems
  • PAD 636 Statistical Programming
  • PSC 672 Experimental Design and Data Analysis
  • PAD 610 Health Economics
  • PAD 693/BHS 810 Introduction to Epidemiology
  • PAD 741 Health Informatics
  • PAD 733 Master’s Thesis I & II


The master’s thesis is a collaborative research effort between the student and a mentor chosen by the student. Thesis advisors and a thesis committee composed of MSHR faculty are typically chosen in the fall or early spring of the first year of full time study. 

It is expected that research work begins in the first year, continues through the summer and culminates in a thesis defense, typically at the end of the second year.

Examples of past thesis topics include:

  • Economic evaluation of nanotechnology for treating cancer
  • Outcomes assessment of biologics
  • Public health study of water related diseases in Jordan
  • Study of supplements and their effects on pregnancies
  • Obesity and the effects on coronary thrombosis
  • Obesity and the effects on high blood pressure in young adults

Admission and Application Requirements

The MSHR program welcomes applications from academically well-prepared students with a background in the health sciences, public health, economics, business administration, management, social sciences (for example, anthropology, demography, sociology, or psychology) or the physical, mathematical, and computer sciences with an interest in health care.

Visit the Graduate Admissions landing page to view a complete list admission and application requirements.