What you'll learn

  • Conceptually define the meaning and purpose of outcomes research and evaluation
  • Understand the role of epidemiology, health economics, psychometrics and biostatistics in conducting outcomes research
  • Evaluate the usefulness of outcomes measures and the application of new technologies in medical institutions and industries, health care organizations and public health systems
  • Recognize the different types of measures used in outcomes research, including clinical, health status, quality of life, work/role performance, health care utilization, and patient satisfaction
  • Adopt new methods for modeling responses obtained from individuals completing questionnaires and surveys
  • Interpret and understand scale performance and measurement concepts such as reliability, validity, responsiveness, and sensitivity

Course description

Health care systems around the world face growing pressures to provide more effective programs, treatments, and interventions. Health outcomes research is the scientific inquiry that provides the evidence required for optimally developing new therapies, implementing quality of care improvement protocols, and enhancing public health system capacity and capability.

In this online program, Harvard’s expert faculty in health outcomes research will guide you through the language and concepts needed to synthesize outcomes studies into useful knowledge for translation and implementation into practice. During this program you will learn the fundamentals for measuring, designing, and analyzing health outcomes research studies and data.

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