Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Education in Health Sciences

Master of Science in Health Services and Outcomes Research

The HSOR master’s curriculum is designed to prepare students for successful careers in academic medicine and other research organizations. Coursework emphasizes quantitative and qualitative research skills, grant writing, and writing for peer-reviewed journals.

Master’s students are admitted each Summer quarter. Degree coursework can be completed in either one or two years:

The core curriculum includes 11 course units: 10 required course units and one elective. In addition to coursework, all master’s students complete a Capstone Project, an independent research project designed and conducted over the course of the degree under the guidance of mentors and academic advisers. The Capstone Project course HSR 500 is taken after data collection and analysis, when the student is ready to write the final project manuscript.

Courses are offered once a year in the quarters listed below. The table below summarizes the quarterly enrollment for the one-year master's program. A two-year schedule involves taking about half the courses in year one and the remainder of courses during the following year. 

One-Year Master's Curriculum


July - September

HSR 456: Applied Qualitative Methods & Analysis for Health Researchers (1)

PUB_HLTH 302: Introduction to Biostatistics (1)
HRS 461: Topics in HSR: Methods and Measurement (0.5)


September - December

HSR 425: Intro to Quantitative Methods in Health Services and Outcomes Research (1)

PUB_HLTH 421: Intermediate Biostatistics (1)
HSR 433: Health Economics and Healthcare Financing (1)


January - March

HSR 465: Intermediate Quantitative Methods in Health Services and Outcomes Research (1)

PUB_HLTH 445: Writing for Peer Review and Publication (1)
HSR 460: Ethical Issues in Health Services Research (0.5)


March - June

HSR 462: Topics in HSR: Grant Writing (0.5)                

HSR 463: Topics in HSR: Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety (0.5)

HSR 470: Federal Policy Making and Healthcare Reform (1) [suggested elective]
HSR 500: Capstone Project (1.0)

Further Information

Learn more about the degree program via the links below:

Programs in Health Services Outcomes Research


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May 7, 2018
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Emily McElroy
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Center for Education in Health Sciences
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