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.

You can take multiple paths within the program: the Master of Science provides essential methods and topical instruction for conducting independent health services research, and two graduate certificates provide more introductory training for individuals who do not wish to pursue a full MS 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 online, but 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.

The online portions of the course use technology and digital platforms to expand and enhance classroom instruction. HSOR faculty employ videoconferencing, lecture capture software and online applications to deliver rich content and connect with students. 


2018-2019 On-Campus Dates

July 23-25, 2018

Sept. 24-27, 2018

Jan. 9-11, 2019

April 22-25, 2019

2019-2020 On-Campus Dates

July 8-10, 2019

Sept. 23-26, 2019

Jan. 15-17, 2020

April 27-30, 2020

2018-2019 schedule

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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