Improve the Effectiveness of Complex Health Care Systems
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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 adhering to the program's attendance policy and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Earning the Certificate.
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 Comparative Health Outcomes, Policy, and Economics (CHOICE) Institute.
“The UW program gave me a lot of connections, which is very useful. It’s given me a powerful voice in the industry.”
Start and finish your program with the same group of students, with frequent opportunities to interact with your instructors and classmates along the way. Courses are 100 percent online, with set due dates for assignments but no class meetings. Learn More »
Associate Professor, The Comparative Health Outcomes, Policy, and Economics (CHOICE) Institute, University of Washington
Professor, The Comparative Health Outcomes, Policy, and Economics (CHOICE) Institute, University of Washington
Emeritus Professor, The Comparative Health Outcomes, Policy, and Economics (CHOICE) Institute, University of Washington
Professor and Dean, School of Pharmacy, University of Washington
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