M.S. in Medical Sciences, Health Outcomes & Policy

The University of Florida’s Master of Science in Medical Sciences with a concentration in Health Outcomes and Policy is a specialized degree designed to equip graduates with the skills and background knowledge necessary to be at the forefront of innovative health care research. Specifically, graduates will have a unique set of interdisciplinary skills in research design and execution that will make them highly marketable in the growing fields of health outcomes and policy research, translational science and prevention science.

Gain skills in translational science and research methodology

Students who complete the M.S. in Medical Sciences with a Health Outcomes and Policy concentration will learn to:

  • develop, implement and evaluate clinical and community-based research studies that aim to promote health and improve specific health measurements, also known as health outcomes.
  • manage databases and perform statistical analysis on research findings.
  • conduct health outcomes assessments and clinical effectiveness research, which examines the best treatments for patients based on evidence.
  • evaluate the effects of health policies on health outcomes, quality of care and costs.
  • translate evidence-based treatments and programs into practice through dissemination and implementation science methodologies.

Conduct research in the fields of implementation or prevention science

Each student will conduct a mentored research project, where they are expected to design and execute a unique research study that will lead to a written thesis and a publishable manuscript. Enrollment in the program is limited to ensure one-on-one faculty mentorship with experts in the field of health care research design, prevention science and biomedical informatics.

Who should apply?

The on-campus master’s degree is ideal for traditional graduate students and medical professionals who are interested in pursuing a career in health science research or who would like to complement their clinical practice or other research interests with the ability to design, implement and interpret large-scale studies of health care programs and policies. The department accepts applications from students with undergraduate degrees in a variety of disciplines.

Not sure you’re ready for a full degree program in health care research? Check out the Graduate Certificate in Health Outcomes and Policy.

 

A total of 25 credits earned during the master’s degree can be put toward the doctoral degree, if a student is admitted to the doctoral program.