Hybrid Format & Curriculum

Learn about our program's unique 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. See our Master’s Curriculum page for this year’s on-campus schedule.

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.

Upcoming Residency Dates

Summer 2023 Fall 2023 Winter 2024 Spring 2024
July 5-7, 2023 Sept 18-21, 2023 Jan 10-12, 2024 April 22-24, 2024
Summer 2024 Fall 2024 Winter 2025 Spring 2025
July 10-12, 2024 Sept 16-19, 2024 Jan 8-10, 2025 April 21-23, 2025

Master's Curriculum

As a master's student, you will learn to conduct methodologically sound research, create and disseminate new knowledge aimed at improving health services and outcomes and secure grant funding to support your research.


Capstone Projects

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.


Graduate Certificates

The program offers two graduate certificate options that provide more targeted training for individuals who do not wish to pursue a full master's degree.

Methodology Certificate

Provides targeted training for scientists and clinicians who wish to expand their knowledge of research methods and design.

About Methodology

Contemporary Issues Certificate

Traditional campus format; aims to familiarize students with the contemporary challenges and areas of inquiry in the fields of health services and outcomes research.

About Contemporary Issues