Master's in Health Outcomes Research

Health outcomes research is used for making effective clinical and business decisions, improving patient-reported outcomes and health quality, and decreasing payer costs by discouraging the use of costly, ineffective treatments.

The need for health outcomes research is growing rapidly as health care resources become scarce and more attention is focused on health care costs and inefficiencies.

In the M.S. program in Health Outcomes Research at ACPHS, students receive a solid foundation in this discipline by focusing on the language and concepts of public health research and statistical methods.

Courses are taught in an interactive classroom environment, with students learning to design, implement, and analyze health outcomes studies and critically review and use outcomes research and data.

The program offers each student an outstanding opportunity to earn a degree that will enhance his/her current experience and help define a new and dynamic career in health care. 

Students in the program will also obtain the knowledge necessary to continue their education at the Ph.D. level. 


The curriculum includes 30 credits of advanced-level coursework and six (6) credits of thesis research, which includes the writing and defense of one's thesis. 

Master's of Science in Health Outcomes Research (MSHR) students will take the below courses and thesis credits to meet the requirements for graduation.

Full-time students typically take 9-12 credits per semester and generally complete the program in two years. All graduate students are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher in order to remain in good standing and be eligible for graduation.

MSHR Coursework

  • PAD 725 Econometrics
  • PAD 615 Pharmacoeconomics and Health Policy
  • PAD 635 Quantitative Analysis I
  • PAD 605 US and Global Healthcare Systems
  • PAD 636 Statistical Programming
  • PSC 672 Experimental Design and Data Analysis
  • PAD 610 Health Economics
  • PAD 693/BHS 810 Introduction to Epidemiology
  • PAD 741 Health Informatics
  • PAD 733 Master’s Thesis I & II

Thesis Requirements and Sample Projects

The master’s thesis is a collaborative research effort between the student and a mentor chosen by the student. Thesis advisors and a thesis committee composed of MSHR faculty are typically chosen in the fall or early spring of the first year of full time study. 

It is expected that research work begins in the first year, continues through the summer and culminates in a thesis defense, typically at the end of the second year.

In order better understand the type of research being done by students in the Health Outcomes Research program, below is a list of recent thesis titles:

  • Water Quality Management and its Impact on Waterborne Distribution in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis of Nanoparticle Albumin-Bound Paclitaxel versus Solvent-Based Paclitaxel for the Treatment of Metastatic Breast Cancer in the United States
  • Lactate Dehydrogenase as a Biomarker for Early Renal Damage in Patients with Sickle Cell Disease
  • A Health Technology Assessment of a Proposed Biosimilar for the Treatment of Chemotherapy Induced Febrile Neutropenia: A U.S. Payer Perspective

Admission and Application Requirements

The MSHR program welcomes applications from academically well-prepared students with a background in the health sciences, public health, economics, business administration, management, social sciences (for example, anthropology, demography, sociology, or psychology) or the physical, mathematical, and computer sciences with an interest in health care.

To apply, the following is required:

  • Completion of the online application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended, regardless if a degree was earned or not. International applicants must also submit official WES or ECE evaluations.  US transcripts and all WES orECE evalutations must be sent directly to PharmCAS
  • Names and contact information of at least 2 professional or academic references (to be submitted on the application)
  • Personal essay outlining relevant background/experience and why you wish to attend graduate school (to be submitted on the application)
  • Official GRE scores sent directly to ACPHS (please note the college code is 2013)
  • Current ACPHS students with a gpa of 3.0 or higher applying for direct entry into the graduate school are exempt from taking the GRE.
  • International applicants must also submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores directly to ACPHS
  • The deadline to apply has been extended. Please contact Ann Bruno in the Office of Graduate Studies for deadline dates and instructions.

Visit the Graduate Admissions landing page to view a complete list of admission and application requirements, including the online application.

Contact Us

Ann Bruno
Office of Graduate Studies
106 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
(518) 694-7130