Master of Science in Health Economics and Clinical Outcomes Research (MS-HECOR)
Program at a Glance
Per Credit Hour
The HECOR program is no longer accepting or processing inquiries or applications.
Shape the future of healthcare with a Master of Science in Health Economics and Clinical Outcomes Research (MS-HECOR) from Xavier University. This program prepares students to use comparative research and real-world evidence to make smarter, data-driven decisions that will bring meaningful change to our healthcare systems. The program is nationally recognized, recently ranking in the Top 5 Online Master’s in Clinical Research Programs by Intelligent.com.
Designed for working professionals and people with a passion for using the latest health data to improve care, Xavier University’s 42-credit hour program features coursework that includes lectures, applied analysis exercises, group activities, discussion, and case studies led by experienced full and part-time faculty who have practiced in the HECOR field.
Graduates of the MS-HECOR program will learn to use research that generates evidence on the effectiveness, benefits, and harms of different treatment options in order to make informed healthcare decisions. Our students learn the skills needed to pursue impactful careers as healthcare analysts and administrators in the private and government health services industry, including public health agencies, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology companies, hospital systems, and clinical research organizations.
The program is designed as an intensive part-time program to be completed entirely online. Students may complete the program in as little as 2 years with courses offered in the fall, spring, and summer terms.
Yes. Intelligent.com recently ranked Xavier University's Master of Science in Health Economics and Clinical Outcomes Research program #4 in their list of Best Online Master's in Clinical Research Programs for 2020.
No. The program is entirely online. However, if you are local to the Cincinnati area or in town visiting, the faculty would enjoy meeting in person.
The tuition rate for the HECOR program is $715 per credit hour. The total cost of the degree program will vary, depending upon transfer credits awarded, additional fees, and the cost of textbooks/materials. See the Tuition page for more information about the program's cost.
Yes; however, we only schedule interviews with applicants who we feel are qualified after an initial review of their application.
Applications are reviewed as they are completed. Students will know within 2 to 3 days of filing their completed application if they are approved for an interview. Students will find out if they are accepted into the program within 2 to 3 weeks of the interview.
Students are encouraged to enroll at least 1 week before the class start date. A student can commit and hold their place by contacting their Enrollment Specialist at (513)745-1098, and by registering for classes and paying the Bursar.
Students must register 1 week prior to class start unless given special approval by the program director.
We have program start dates in August and January of each year.
Students may be able to transfer up to 6 credit hours upon approval by the program director, department chair, and university. Students desiring to transfer credit for advanced standing must meet with the program director prior to the start of their first course to review the request.
The 42-hour program is designed to be completed in 2 years with 2 to 3 courses (6 to 9 credit hours) per semester, including summer. Xavier considers full-time status to be 9 credit hours or more for graduate students.
Students can take up to 3 courses per session.
The program is designed to be completed in as little as 2 years. The program must be completed within 6 years per Xavier University standards.
Participation expectations vary by professor. Students are not required to log in at specific times during most courses. However, professors have the option of including mandatory or optional login times for online sessions in their courses.
The courses include components such as readings, activities, video lectures, discussion boards and other peer interaction, tests, quizzes, and group projects. Most courses do not include mandatory login times; however, they are synchronously paced – students progress through the course together according to the scheduled course content and activities.
Yes, HECOR students will have the opportunity to participate in interprofessional online work to gain experiential learning that complements coursework and to demonstrate mastery of project management skills that are crucial to postgraduate success.
Students must have their own PC or MAC computer with a webcam, the full Microsoft Office Suite, and a high-speed internet connection. A Google Chromebook or Tablet is not sufficient. Some courses may require additional software that, similar to textbooks, students must purchase for personal use and use on their computer. Generally, these software packages have academic pricing that is comparable to a textbook price.
Xavier University uses CANVAS.
Students should expect to dedicate about 10-12 hours per class per week on average. Please note that some weeks may require more hours and others may require fewer.
Office hours vary with each faculty member, but all Xavier University faculty members make themselves available to students through other options such as phone, chat, email, text, etc.
Health economics and clinical outcomes research is a growing, interdisciplinary field in which HECOR practitioners quantify the clinical and economic value of healthcare interventions and treatments. Graduates of the MS-HECOR program are well equipped to pursue careers as analysts, consultants, managers, and directors in the fields of health outcomes research, healthcare policy, and market access and reimbursement. The MS-HECOR prepares graduates for an evidence-driven future in:
- Pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies
- Public health and government agencies
- Policy and regulatory agencies
- Insurance companies and third-party payors
- Clinical research organizations
- Consulting firms
- Healthcare providers/systems and managed care organizations