Master of Science


Health Outcomes and Informatics

In a 2015 study of 13 high-income countries, the U.S. was found to have the highest level of health care spending per capita. And it wasn’t even close. Despite this level of investment, the U.S. had the lowest life expectancy of the countries studied. How is this possible? And what can be done about it? An increasing number of people believe the answer lies in the field of Health Outcomes Research.

Master's in Health Outcomes Research and Informatics at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Overview
Outcomes research (and related areas such as evidence-based medicine or comparative effectiveness research) integrates business and economics into the context of health care, seeking to understand the quality and costs of health care practices, deliveries, and interventions.

In parallel with the growth of Outcomes Research is the evolving specialization of Health Informatics which involves the analysis of and data and uses technology, communications, and health care to improve the quality and safety of patient care.

By linking the care people receive to the outcomes they experience, the combination of outcomes and informatics research has become the key to developing better ways to monitor and improve the quality of care.

These efforts are all driven by a single objective: better care at a lower cost.
Master's in Health Outcomes Research and Informatics at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Coursework
The M.S. in Health Outcomes and Informatics is a 36 credit, 24 month degree program offering both thesis and non-thesis tracks.

The non-thesis track is intended for students interested in seeking industry experience and includes a capstone project and experiential rotation in a corporate setting.

The thesis track requires the completion of original research and the publication of a thesis describing that research. It is geared towards those students interested in continuing their education in a doctoral program.

Regardless of which track you choose, you will receive a solid foundation in the discipline by focusing on the language and concepts of public health research and statistical methods through courses in quantitative analysis, econometrics, health statistics, and health policy.
Master's in Health Outcomes Research and Informatics at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Learning Environment
Courses are taught in an interactive classroom environment, with students receiving the individual attention necessary to succeed.

As a result, students learn how to effectively design, implement, and analyze health outcomes studies and critically review and use outcomes research and data.

An added benefit of studying Health Outcomes at ACPHS is that all of the College's academic programs are centered around health care.

Studying in such an environment means you will enjoy access to a wide range of additional resources ranging from faculty research mentors to options for elective courses – all of which will help enrich your educational experience and the value of your degree.
Master's in Health Outcomes Research and Informatics at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Enhance Your Experience with Research
The program offers an outstanding opportunity to complete a research degree which can enhance your experience and help define a new and dynamic career in health care.

Examples of recent research topics include:

- Association Between Insurance Status and Adverse Event Related Visits in US Ambulatory Medical Care Settings
- Assessing the Differences in Utilization of Cancer Preventive Care Between Veterans and Non-Veterans in the United States
- The Role of Vitamin D in Multiple Sclerosis Therapy: A Critical Analysis of Evidence and Outcomes
- A Health Technology Assessment of a Proposed Biosimilar for the Treatment of Chemotherapy Induced Febrile Neutropenia: A U.S. Payer Perspective
- Cost-Benefit Analysis of Nanoparticle Albumin-Bound Paclitaxel vs. Solvent-Based Paclitaxel for the Treatment of Metastatic Breast Cancer in the U.S.
Master's in Health Outcomes Research and Informatics at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Life After ACPHS
The program provides graduates with the ability to work in the public or private sector or pursue advanced study in a doctoral program (e.g., Health Outcomes, Health Economics). This flexibility is evident in where students have gone following graduation, a list of which includes:

EMPLOYMENT
- Bayer
- New York State Department of Health

PH.D. PROGRAMS
- Baylor College of Medicine
- Monash University
- University of Colorado at Denver
- University of Houston

RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
- Johns Hopkins University