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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Center for Education in Health Sciences
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About the Program

As a student in the Master of Science in Health Services and Outcomes Research (HSOR) program, you will learn to:

  1. Conduct methodologically sound research
  2. Create and disseminate new knowledge aimed at improving health services and outcomes
  3. Secure grant funding to support your research

Ultimately, your research will identify more effective ways to organize, finance and deliver patient care to improve patient outcomes and quality of life.

The program offers a master's degree and graduate certificates: the Master of Science provides essential methods and topical instruction for conducting independent health services research, and two graduate certificates provide more targeted training for individuals who do not wish to pursue a full master's degree.

Hybrid Format

Courses are offered in a hybrid format — both online and in person — which accommodates students from diverse geographies and those with clinical or other full-time obligations. Approximately 20 percent of current master’s students reside outside of Illinois.

Most course material is accessible remotely, while all students convene for in-person coursework once per quarter. During these on-campus periods, students participate in class sessions, engage with instructors and classmates and attend professional development activities.

Courses use technology and digital platforms to expand and enhance classroom instruction. HSOR faculty employ videoconferencing, lecture capture software and online applications to deliver instruction and connect with students. 


2021-2022 On-Campus Dates

July 6-8, 2021

Sept. 20-23, 2021

Jan. 12-14, 2022

April 25-27, 2022

2022-2023 On-Campus Dates

July 5-7, 2022

Sept. 19-22, 2022

Jan. 11-13, 2023

April 24-26, 2023


Travel Stipends

Travel stipends are provided for students traveling from outside Chicago to the quarterly on-campus sessions. Meetings take place on Northwestern's downtown Chicago campus.  

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