Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Education in Health Sciences

Health Services and Outcomes Research Admissions

We are glad you are interested in applying to the Health Services and Outcomes Research Program. 

Applications are submitted via The Graduate School's online application (see link under Application item 1 below). An application is considered complete only when all required supporting documents have been received. If you have questions about the requirements or the completeness of your application, please contact the program. Applicants are not required to submit GRE scores.

Applicants who wish to enter the program to take courses for professional development are considered Non-Degree Special Students. These applicants should follow the instructions for the Certificate Program.

Most applicants to the Master of Science program have completed a doctorate degree in a health-related field (e.g., MD/DO, PhD, DNP, PharmD) or have a master's degree plus two to three years of research or relevant healthcare-related experience. Certificate applicants should have at least two to three years of research experience (graduate or professional). 

Application Requirements

1. Northwestern University Graduate School online application

The Graduate School's online application can be accessed from The Graduate School admissions homepage. Follow the "apply now" link on that page to start an application. Refer to our program-specific requirements below as you fill out the online application form. For the required Statement of Purpose, applicants should state their objective(s) for pursuing graduate study and describe their professional goals and qualifications.

On the application's Program Information page, indicate whether you are applying for the master's program or a certificate option: 

  • To apply for Master's Degree admission, select "Health Services and Outcomes Research: MS" (Program Code H04MS) and choose Summer for the admission term. Master's applicants are admitted only in summer.
  • To apply for the Certificate or Non-degree Program, select "Health Services and Outcomes Research: Non-degree" (Program Code H04ND) and indicate your desired entry quarter. Certificate and non-degree students can be admitted each term, but starting in summer or fall is recommended. When you select the Non-degree program, there will be a "Specialization" section after program selection. Choose the appropriate Area of Specialization for your application: Methodology Certificate, Contemporary Issues Certificate, or Non-degree (at-large/non-degree special students)

2. Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation. Letters should be submitted electronically via The Graduate School online application. In the recommendation section of the application, applicants enter the details for each letter provider, and the system will send an email prompt to that individual with a link to upload the recommendation letter.    

3. Transcripts

Upload one set of transcripts from each postsecondary institution attended. Applicants should upload unofficial transcripts to the online application (unofficial transcripts are either electronic copies from the institution or digital scans of official transcripts). Transcripts should document all courses taken, grades received and (if applicable) degree earned. All admitted students are required to have their previous institutions send official, sealed transcripts to The Graduate School before the end of the first quarter of enrollment. 

4. CV

Submit your most recent Curriculum Vitae via the "Resume" section of The Graduate School online application.

5. Writing Sample

Submit electronically via The Graduate School online application's "Writing Sample" section:

International Applicants

Student visa eligibility requires full-time academic enrollment. The one-year Master of Science schedule can meet this requirement if a student supplements the required curriculum with additional electives. Prospective interntional applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the program as early as possible to learn about eligibility and program requirements. All international applications must be received by December 15 of the year before the program's summer start date. 

Upcoming Admissions Deadlines

July 13, 2018
Fall 2018 Application Deadline (Certificate)


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For questions about applying, contact Emily McElroy.

Emily McElroy
HSOR Program Coordinator
Center for Education in Health Sciences
633 N Saint Clair Street, 20th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611

Ryan Splitt
HSOR Program Assistant
Center for Education in Health Sciences
633 N Saint Clair Street, 20th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611