5: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

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Program in Health Evaluation Sciences
Course Descriptions | Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Admission   Applicants are considered for the program if they possess a minimum of bachelorís degree from an accredited institution. Applicants must complete the application to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, supply the supporting transcripts and recommendations as described in the application packet, and must have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Applicants whose first language is not English must take the TOEFL and achieve a score of at least 600.

Master of Science   The Master of Science in Health Evaluation Sciences is a 30-credit program designed to be completed in one year, although part-time options spanning two or more years are also available. Students choose one of five tracks (or focus areas): epidemiology, clinical investigation, health services research and outcomes evaluation, health care resource management, and health care informatics. Details concerning each track are available from the department. The program includes a core curriculum, a set of core electives, and courses specific to each track. Students take four or five courses each semester in addition to a project.

A thesis (which results in a publishable manuscript) or a project is required of all students to facilitate their gaining experience in work or research in the field. The project may take one of several forms: a grant proposal, a project linked to the studentís job (for those in mid-career), or a practicum with a local health organization or research team (for those without an existing career or who wish to change careers). Theses and projects are conducted under the direct supervision of a faculty advisor. Upon completion, an oral defense of the work before the HES faculty is required.

Departmental Core Courses
HES 700Introduction to Biostatistics4
HES 701Fundamentals of Epidemiology3
HES 703Statistical Computing and Graphics2
Core Electives
HES 707Health Care Informatics3
HES 709Health Care Economics3
HES 710Health Care Policy and Management3

Epidemiology Track
Objectives   Students in the Epidemiology Track learn the methods for studying the distribution and determinants of infectious and chronic disease in populations, and how to apply these methods to controlling health problems. Students in this track are required to complete a thesis (projects not permitted) to gain first-hand experience conducting a study, analyzing the data, and publishing the results.

Prerequisites   A bachelorís degree in either the biological or social sciences or relevant experience.

Fall
Departmental Core9
Core Electives6
Spring
HES 702Epidemiology of Disease3
HES 704Biostatistical Modeling4
Departmental elective3
Thesis5

Clinical Investigation Track
Objectives   Students in the Clinical Investigation Track learn and are able to apply the basic sciences of clinical investigation including measurement, data analysis, computing; and clinical trials design as well as their execution and interpretation. Graduates of this program are qualified to direct and evaluate clinical research and become effective clinical scientists.

Prerequisites   A bachelorís degree in either the biological or social sciences or relevant experience.

Fall
Departmental Core9
Core Electives6
Spring
HES 704Biostatistical Modeling4
HES 731Clinical Trials Methodology3
Departmental Electives:
With Thesis(3)
With Project(6)
Thesis or Project (choose one option):
Thesis5
Project2

Health Services Research and Outcomes Evaluation Track
Objectives   Students in the Health Services Research and Outcomes Evaluation Track master the description, analysis, and evaluation of the organization, financing, utilization, and delivery of health care. They also learn the methods of measuring, analyzing, and evaluating outcomes from the perspectives of the patient, the caregiver, the hospital, the third-party payer, and society. The track emphasizes methods for assuring cost-effective, quality care for populations and individuals.

Prerequisites   A bachelorís degree in either the biological or social sciences or relevant experience.

Fall
Departmental Core9
Core Electives6
Spring
HES 704Biostatistical Modeling4
HES 711Survey Research Methods3
HES 712Health Technology and Outcomes Evaluation3
Departmental electives:
with project option only(3)
Thesis or Project (choose one option):
Thesis(5)
Project(2)

Health Care Resource Management Track
Objectives   Students in the Health Care Resource Management Track learn to accurately measure and comprehensively evaluate, manage, and improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and quality performance of a variety of health care institutions.

Prerequisites   A bachelorís degree in either the biological, economic, or social sciences or relevant experience.
Fall
Departmental Core9
HES 707Health Care Informatics3
Core Elective3
Spring
HES 721Quality Management Principles and Techniques3
HES 741Health Care Database Management4
HES 742Information Resources and the Organization3
Departmental electives:
with project option only(3)
Thesis or Project (choose one option):
Thesis(5)
Project(2)

Health Care Informatics Track
Objectives   Students who choose the Health Care Informatics Track are prepared to design, implement, and use information systems and tools to assess the quality, effectiveness, and costs of health care.

Prerequisites   A bachelorís degree in the biological, economic, computer, or social sciences or relevant experience.
Fall
Departmental Core9
HES 707Health Care Informatics3
Core Elective3
Spring
HES 741Health Care Database Management4
HES 742Information Resources and the Organization3
Departmental Electives:
With Thesis Option(3)
With Project Option only(6)
Thesis or Project (choose one option):
Thesis(5)
Project(2)


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