MS HSOR graduates go on to make meaningful research contributions in their fields. On this page, alumni share what they have to say about the program.
Andrew Gawron, PhD, MD, MS (2012)
Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine and VA Medical Center
"The master’s really helped me develop a framework for designing projects that are sustainable and fundable. I think the program was a stronger degree than others because, in addition to enabling students to conduct analyses on their own, the program provided the broad knowledge base to know when and how to seek out collaborators.
It's important for incoming students to understand the difference between health services research and pure clinical and translational research, since I don't think many clinicians understand the diversity and breadth of health services research. It’s not just epidemiology and risk modeling: it spans the fields of quality improvement, implementation science, and informatics, and involves applying epidemiology to solve and research health services problems."
Mansha Mirza, PhD, MS (2012)
Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago
“Publishing in academic journals is critical for tenure and promotion in my current job, and the HSOR program gave me the skills to do it well."
Scott Dresden, MD, MS (2013)
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
"The master’s degree has been essential for my research career. I had some research experience in residency, but none in health services research. I was able to gain the skills and experience needed to advance my career, including publishing several of my first papers and writing my first successful grant."
Kyle Zanocco, MD, MS (2013)
Assistant Professor of Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
"The curriculum really helped me develop a more sophisticated understanding of research methodology. I can have intelligent conversations with biostatisticians, identify the pitfalls of different study designs, and plan appropriately for sample size selection. These were the kinds of practical topics covered by the master’s, and it really helped give me a head start. I was fortunate to have some very helpful conversations with mentors even before I started my coursework, and that helped me identify a Capstone project and area of focus."
Juliet Adeola, MBA, MS (2015)
Senior Program Officer, Health Management Information Services, AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria
“The master's in HSOR provided me with opportunities for career progression and discovery. I gained expertise analyzing data, writing for peer reviewed journals, and communicating results to the public and research audiences. I presented my Capstone project at an international conference, and won an award."
Sherif Badawy, MBBCh, MS (2016)
Instructor of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
"I wrote several manuscripts while enrolled in the HSOR master’s program that were published in major peer-reviewed journals. With guidance and mentorship from a number of the faculty in the program, in addition to input from sickle cell patients and my hematology research advisors, we were able to develop a novel smartphone app (HU-Go app) designed to improve hydroxyurea adherence and self-management skills. The collegial relationships, endless support, depth of knowledge, networking opportunities, and invaluable mentorship from the faculty in HSOR program were outstanding. I had a very positive experience that shaped my career trajectory starting my first faculty job with significant research support. I was able to establish myself as a young investigator, and I am now in the process of launching my mobile health research laboratory."