Health Services Research + Outcomes Research
The recent major reform of US healthcare policy poses many challenges for the healthcare system. Health services and outcomes research can play a crucial role in informing the policymaking process, developing clinical practice improvements, reducing disparities and costs, and shaping the future organization and delivery of healthcare.
Northwestern’s Graduate Program in Health Services and Outcomes Research trains clinicians to:
- conduct methodologically sound research,
- create new knowledge aimed at improving health services and outcomes, and
- secure grant funding to support their research.
Executive Master of Science and Certificate Programs
The Health Services and Outcomes Research Graduate Program is unique in the country for the applied interdisiplinary research training it offers physicians, medical fellows, and healthcare professionals. In 2016 the program begins its new executive format, which allows students outside Chicago to earn the degree or certificate in one or two years while remaining situated at their home institution or workplace. Through online learning and quarterly visits to Northwestern's Chicago campus, students can fulfill clinical and other professional obligations while pursuing a degree that will impact their research careers. Explore the site to learn more about the program's executive hybrid model.
The program overview above depicts the annual schedule for students pursuing the one-year, full-time master's degree. Part-time students take courses over two years following the same executive meeting pattern. They take about half the number of courses in year one and complete their research projects in year two.
- The Master of Science provides essential methods and topical instruction for conducting independent health services research.
- Two Graduate Certificates supplement other formal training for individuals who do not wish to pursue a full MS degree.
- Course Descriptions Read details on the courses in the master's and certificate curricula
- Admissions Find important dates, admission requirements, and application instructions
- Program Faculty Learn more about our faculty members' work and professional backgrounds
- HSOR Alumni View program alumni, their areas of specialization, and their professional achievements
Upcoming Admissions Deadlines
Online Application Opens Sept. 1st
January 28, 2018
1st Round Summer 2018 Applications
April 15, 2018
Summer 2018 Application Deadline
2017-2018 Chicago Residency Dates
July 24-27, 2017
Sept. 25-28, 2017
January 10-12, 2018
April 23-25, 2018
2018-2019 Chicago Residency Dates
July 23-26, 2018
Sept. 24-27, 2018
January 9-11, 2019
April 22-24, 2019
For more information on health services and outcomes research educational opportunities, contact Emily McElroy.
HSOR Program Coordinator
Center for Education in Health Sciences
633 N Saint Clair Street, 18th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611