Health Care Reform Inspires New SLU Master’s Degree
Health care reform has created a national dialogue about the effectiveness and value of medical services and products. Hospital systems, insurance companies, foundations, government agencies, pharmaceutical companies and patients need credible information about health outcomes. This new focus is having a dramatic effect on the business of medicine and research interests across the country.
|Leslie Hinyard, Ph.D., and Thomas Burroughs, Ph.D.|
In response to this changing health care environment, the Saint Louis University Center for Outcomes Research (SLUCOR) is launching a new master's of science degree in outcomes research and evaluations sciences. The graduate program will prepare students to be leaders in their fields. Students will learn how to create and use of scientific evidence to improve the effectiveness and economic value of tests treatments, procedures and other health care services.
"Our program is designed to address the national need for trained health care professionals working in an era where outcomes matter more than ever. Graduates will be poised for new leadership and research opportunities across the many sectors of health care," said Leslie Hinyard, Ph.D., associate director of academic affairs of SLUCOR.
The online format is accessible to students across the country and accommodates the busy schedules of working professionals. The master's program also can be completed in conjunction with other graduate degrees including law, medicine, nursing, allied health, public health or business.
Established in 2003, SLUCOR has become nationally known for its research and educational programs in health outcomes assessment, economic analysis and policy development. Faculty members lead and collaborate on national and local research in a broad range of clinical areas. Most prominent are the areas of organ transplantation, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, health care quality and the evaluation of drugs and medical devices.
"Outcomes research is not a single field, but the place where various disciplines meet for scholarship and innovation. Clinical and business professionals will find SLUCOR's academic program links medicine, economics, public health and statistics to address questions of importance for patients and policy makers. We are excited this program is attracting students with diverse educational and professional backgrounds," said Thomas Burroughs, Ph.D., executive director of SLUCOR.
For more information on the master's of science degree in outcomes research and evaluations sciences, contact Dr. Leslie Hinyard, associate director of academic affairs, at (314) 977-9473 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.