Master of Science


Health Outcomes and Informatics

In a 2015 study of 13 high-income countries, the U.S. was found to have the highest level of health care spending per capita. And it wasn’t even close. Despite this level of investment, the U.S. had the lowest life expectancy of the countries studied. How is this possible? And what can be done about it? An increasing number of people believe the answer lies in the field of Health Outcomes Research.

Master's in Health Outcomes Research and Informatics at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Overview
Outcomes research (and related areas such as evidence-based medicine or comparative effectiveness research) integrates business and economics into the context of health care. The overall objective is to gain a better understanding of the quality and costs of various health care practices, deliveries, and interventions.

In parallel with the growth of Outcomes Research is the evolving specialization of Health Informatics. Health Informatics involves the analysis of data and uses technology, communications, and health care to improve the quality and safety of patient care.

By linking the care people receive to the outcomes they experience, the combination of outcomes and informatics research has become the key to developing better ways to monitor and improve the quality of care for all.
Master's in Health Outcomes Research and Informatics at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Coursework
The M.S. in Health Outcomes and Informatics is a 36 credit, 24 month degree program offering both thesis and non-thesis tracks.

The non-thesis track is intended for students interested in obtaining hands-on industry experience. It includes a capstone project and an internship in a corporate setting. Depending on a student's interests, internship sites could include: IPRO, the Department of Health (state or county), pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, and hospitals.

The thesis track requires the completion of original research and the publication of a thesis describing that research. While students who choose this option may also pursue careers in industry, the thesis track is geared more towards those interested in continuing their education in a doctoral program.

Regardless of which track you choose, you will receive a solid foundation in the discipline by focusing on the language and concepts of public health research and statistical methods.
Master's in Health Outcomes Research and Informatics at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Learning Environment
Courses are taught in an interactive classroom environment, with students receiving the individual attention necessary to succeed.

As a result, students learn how to effectively design, implement, and analyze health outcomes studies and critically review and use outcomes research and data.

An added benefit of studying Health Outcomes at ACPHS is that all of the College's academic programs are centered around health care. Studying in such an environment means you will enjoy access to a wide range of additional resources ranging from faculty research mentors to options for elective courses – all of which will help enrich your educational experience and the value of your degree.
Master's in Health Outcomes Research and Informatics at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Enhance Your Experience with Research
The program offers an outstanding opportunity to complete a research degree that can enhance your experience and help define a new and dynamic career in health care.

ACPHS students have regularly presented their research findings at conferences hosted by organizations such as the New York State Economics Association and the International Society For Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR). Such experiences often serve to differentiate our graduates in the eyes of prospective employers and Ph.D. programs.

Examples of recent research projects include:

- Association Between Insurance Status and Adverse Event Related Visits in US Ambulatory Medical Care Settings
- Assessing the Differences in Utilization of Cancer Preventive Care Between Veterans and Non-Veterans in the United States
- The Role of Vitamin D in Multiple Sclerosis Therapy: A Critical Analysis of Evidence and Outcomes
- Cost-Benefit Analysis of Nanoparticle Albumin-Bound Paclitaxel vs. Solvent-Based Paclitaxel for the Treatment of Metastatic Breast Cancer in the U.S.
Master's in Health Outcomes Research and Informatics at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Life After ACPHS
The program provides graduates with the ability to work in the public or private sector or pursue advanced study in a doctoral program (e.g., Health Outcomes, Health Economics). This flexibility is evident in where students have gone following graduation, a list of which includes:

EMPLOYMENT
- Bayer
- New York State Department of Health

PH.D. PROGRAMS
- Baylor College of Medicine
- Monash University
- University of Colorado at Denver
- University of Houston

RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
- Johns Hopkins University