1. Master of Public Health
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Outcomes Research Track

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 Track

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

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

  • Identifying, analyzing, and interpreting major clinical and public health problems and relevant clinical epidemiology outcomes and health services research questions.
  • Identifying, interpreting, and critiquing the state of knowledge regarding clinical epidemiology, outcomes, health services research questions, and public health policy.
  • Explaining the relative advantages and disadvantages of observational and experimental methods and studying design used in clinical epidemiology, outcomes, and health services research.
  • Specifying the measurement of structure, process, and outcome in health and health care research and the implications for improving outcomes.
  • Discussing the relative advantages and disadvantages between efficacy and effectiveness 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 track-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

Remaining credits are accrued through electives, seminars and independent study. The track 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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