Improve the Effectiveness of Complex Health Care Systems
Next start date
September 27, 2017
Many countries today struggle with how to deploy and manage their health care resources. Institutions, agencies, ministries and governments rely on well-trained experts to help them control costs and better manage their health care technologies, systems and infrastructure.
In this three-course certificate program, we’ll examine how to apply the principles of health economics to improve decision making in a complex health care environment. You’ll investigate health care markets and systems throughout the world and evaluate the effectiveness of medical treatments, interventions and technologies through outcomes research. Develop the ability to use economic assessments to improve health care decisions involving patients, providers, businesses and government agencies.
Professionals who work in the health care industry, especially those with a background in health policy and economics.
The program requires that an applicant has completed, at a minimum, a relevant bachelor’s degree. Experience or education in the health care system is encouraged. Applicants should be adept in using introductory statistical methods and algebra. Students should be able to work successfully in diverse team environments and have the ability to work as a contributing member of an assigned team to complete a capstone project.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
Because this offering is 100 percent online, no visa is required and international students are welcome to apply. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed internet connection.
You earn the certificate by successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
Students from the Certificate in Health Economics & Outcomes Research describe the program's curriculum and online format, and explain how it helps advance their careers.
You'll complete a group project to assess a health care system and health care technology process for a specific country.
Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.
Principles of Health Economics
Economic Evaluation in Health & Medicine
Practice of Health Technology Assessment in a Global Environment
Certificate in Health Economics & Outcomes Research
Approved by the UW Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research & Policy Program.
Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Time: 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Download the application form (PDF)
Apply online, or submit an application packet that includes:
We’re currently accepting applications and will be reviewing them in the order they’re received. We’ll accept applications until the program closes.
We’ll contact you within two weeks of receiving your application materials to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.
If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on paying your course fee. Your course fee is due four weeks before the first class.
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
Courses are offered 100 percent online. The flexible online format allows you to access course content wherever you are, on your own schedule. You simply need to complete assignments by their due dates. Lessons, assignments and other course materials are delivered through a Web-based learning management system, such as Canvas or Moodle, which also serves as a hub for communicating with your instructors and classmates.
Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.
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Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.
Director, Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research & Policy Program, University of Washington
Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research & Policy Program, University of Washington
Emeritus Professor, Pharmaceutic Outcomes Research & Policy Program, University of Washington
President, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
Professor and Dean, School of Pharmacy, University of Washington
Professor, Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research & Policy Program, University of Washington
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