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Certificate in Health Economics & Outcomes Research

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About the course

Improve the Effectiveness of Complex Health Care Systems

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.


  • How microeconomics is used to analyze the nature of health care markets and systems
  • Key principles relating to health insurance and health care regulation
  • Best practices for economic evaluation of health care technologies, including cost effectiveness, cost utility and cost benefit analyses
  • Preference-based measures of health-related quality of life and resource allocation for medical decision making
  • Different methods of health technology assessment



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.


You'll complete a group project to assess a health care system and health care technology process for a specific country.

Who should attend

Professionals who work in the health care industry, especially those with a background in health policy and economics.

Trust the experts

Josh Carlson

Dr. Josh Carlson graduated with his PhD from the Institute for Public Health Genetics in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Washington in 2007 and received his Master of Public Health from the same department in 2004. Carlson is an assistant professor in the P...


Beth Devine

Dr. Devine’s research program is centered at the intersection of clinical research informatics, comparative effectiveness research, medication safety and quality. She is the lead co-investigator for the Comparative Effectiveness Research Methods Core of the Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment P...


Louis Garrison

Dr. Garrison joined the School of Pharmacy faculty in 2004. For the first 13 years of his career, Dr. Garrison worked in non-profit health policy research first at the Battelle Human Affairs Research Centers (Seattle), and then at the Project HOPE Center for Health Affairs (Virginia), where he wa...


Sean Sullivan

Sean D. Sullivan, BSPharm, MSc, PhD, is Professor and Dean, University of Washington School of Pharmacy. He holds a joint appointment as Professor of Health Services in the School of Public Health. He holds adjunct appointments in the School of Medicine, the Public Health Sciences Division at the...


David Veenstra

Dr. Veenstra is a Professor in the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program in the Department of Pharmacy, and a member of the Institute for Public Health Genetics at the University of Washington in Seattle. He graduated from the University of California San Francisco, with doctoral de...


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