1. Master of Public Health
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Outcomes Research Concentration

In the Master of Public Health (MPH) Outcomes Research track, you focus on how health care practices and interventions affect the results that people care about; for example, in individuals with chronic conditions—where a cure is not always possible—end results include quality of life as well as mortality. By linking the care people get to the outcomes they experience, outcomes research has become the key to developing better ways to monitor and improve the quality of care.

Our curriculum is designed to teach you to analyze evidence and determine the benefits, risks, and results of treatments. Your expertise plays a beneficial role in helping patients, physicians, public health practitioners, and policymakers make more informed decisions.

Learn More About This Concentration

To determine if the Outcomes Research concentration is right for you, explore the additional resources and get a preview of the competencies and courses.

Students in this concentration will develop skills and competencies to be successful in public health including:

  • Analyze major clinical or public health problems or relevant clinical epidemiology, outcomes or health services research questions.

  • Critique the state of knowledge regarding clinical epidemiology, outcomes, health services research questions, or public health policy.

  • Explain the relative advantages or disadvantages of observational or experimental methods used in health services research.

  • Specify the process for outcome detection and their implications for improving health outcomes in health care research.

  • Understand and identify ethical issues related to OMICS research.

The MPH degree requires the completion of a total of 45 credits, an applied practice experience, and a culminating experience. In addition to the general course requirements, students will take these concentration-specific courses:

  • Introduction to Biostatistics
  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology II
  • Applied Linear Models I
  • Applied Linear Models II
  • Seminar in Applied Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research
  • Big Data Epidemiology: Introduction to OMICS Research

Remaining credits are accrued through electives, seminars and independent study. The concentration advisor should be consulted early to plan ahead for the completion of the MPH degree requirements. Refer to the Outcomes Research Checklist for a full list of courses.

Students in this track complete a master’s thesis as their culminating experience. Recent culminating experience projects include:

  • Evaluating the role of persistent depression in adherence to secondary prevention behaviors after acute coronary syndromes
  • Analyzing differences in preventive services offered by gynecologists and generalists
  • Assessing food allergy as a risk factor for asthma morbidity in adults
  • Determining factors associated with adherence to influenza vaccine among inner city adults with persistent asthma
  • Exploring the association between minor and major surgical complications after carotid endarterectomy.

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