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Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Measurement, Design, and Analysis Methods for Health Outcomes Research

Aug 19—21
3 days
Boston, MA, USA
USD 2600
USD 866 per day

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Health care systems around the world are facing growing pressures to provide more effective care at lower costs. Health outcomes research assesses the end results of health care services, providing evidence for the value of specific medical treatments or interventions that can be used to make better decisions and improve health care.

Measurement, Design, and Analysis Methods for Health Outcomes Research provides you with the language and concepts you need to synthesize outcomes studies into useful knowledge for effective clinical and business decision-making. You will learn to design, implement, critically review, and analyze health outcomes studies and gain an understanding of the statistical methods required for outcomes research. This program explores many aspects of health outcomes research, including:

  • Designing health outcomes research studies
  • Data collection considerations
  • Measurement and evaluation of outcomes data
  • Analysis and applications of studies

Why Health Outcomes Research is Important

Outcomes research is valuable largely because of the breadth of issues it addresses. A diverse and growing number of organizations – employers, health care delivery organizations, insurers, pharmaceutical companies, and governments – rely on health outcomes research for actionable data that will help them make better decisions about the value of different treatments and interventions. By improving the decision-making process across organizations, outcomes research increases the value of each dollar spent on health care.

Among other applications, outcomes research studies can be used to:

  • Help match treatments to individual patients, based on patient-specific criteria
  • Determine if specific treatments are over- or under-used for populations of patients
  • Incorporate non-traditional outcomes measures such as patient preference and quality of life into the decision-making process

Develop a Network of Professionals Focused on Improving Care

To ensure a truly rich experience, this program will host a diverse group of participants, brought together by their common goal of improving health care. During the program, you will network and engage with others working towards similar goals and exchange ideas on how best to solve problems you face every day.

Objectives & Highlights

As a participant, you will learn to:

  • Evaluate the usefulness of outcomes measures and the application of new technologies in organizations
  • Conceptually define the meaning and purpose of outcomes research
  • Understand the role of epidemiology, health economics, psychometrics and biostatistics in conducting outcomes research
  • Recognize the different types of measures used in outcomes research, including clinical, health status, quality of life, work/role and health care utilization, and patient satisfaction
  • Adopt new methods for modeling patient responses
  • Interpret statistical measurement concepts such as reliability, validity, responsiveness, sensitivity, and power
  • Understand statistical analysis appropriate for outcomes research, including analysis of longitudinal and categorical data
  • Synthesize findings from a variety of health outcomes research studies
  • Compare the effectiveness of different treatments for the same illness

Who should attend

This program will be useful to anyone involved in improving health care cost, quality, or outcomes from across the health care industry. Ideal participants include:

  • Clinicians, including physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals involved in utilizing outcomes data or assessing, measuring, and evaluating outcomes
  • Health care executives and administrators who review and utilize outcomes data for clinical decision-making and improving quality care Insurance, managed care, and other payer executives and researchers seeking to understand the relative value of procedures and interventions
  • Pharmaceutical and biotechnology executives and researchers who need to measure patient-reported outcomes to support the benefit of their products
  • Other health sector researchers who are new to outcomes research and need an overview of the latest information in the field
  • Registration Criteria

Participants must have an advanced degree (e.g., MD, PhD, MS, MPH, PharmD) in a relevant discipline. Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential for a successful learning experience in the program.


Donald C. Simonson, M.D., M.P.H., Sc.D. is a member of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a Lecturer on Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He received his BA and MD degrees from Yale University, and completed his postdoctoral fellowship i...
Dr. Testa, MPH, MPhil, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer on Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She received her MPH 1976, MPhil 1977, and PhD 1980 in Epidemiology and Public Health with concentrations in biometry and biostatistics from Yale University. Before coming to Harvar...
Sebastian Schneeweiss is Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Harvard Medical School and Vice Chief of the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics of the Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a world-leading research and training center. His research is funded ...
Jakob Bjørner is Chief Science Officer at Optum Outcomes and Professor of Epidemiology at the National Research Centre for the Working Environment in Denmark. He also has affiliations with the University of Copenhagen and the University of Sheffield. Jakob specializes in applying modern psychomet...
Dr. Fitzmaurice has research interests in a number of areas, including the development of statistical methodology for analyzing discrete multivariate data, the design and analysis of longitudinal and repeated measures studies, methods for handling missing data, and methods for detecting and adjus...
Matthias S. F. Rose, MD, PhD, is Chair of the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin in Germany, and Associate Professor at the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences at the Medical School of the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Rose has Board Certifi...
Max Su is a Research Associate in the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard School of Public Health where he works on the "Benchmarking the Comparative Effectiveness of Diabetes Treatments Using Patient-Reported Outcomes and Socio-Demographic Factors" project. Dr. Su serves as the senior statist...
Alexander Turchin is Director of Informatics Research and a practicing endocrinologist at the Division of Endocrinology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a Director of Clinical Informatics at Baim Institute for Clinical Research. Dr...
Dr. Ware is an internationally recognized leader in health and quality of life (QOL) measurement and Professor at UMass Medical School (UMMS). He was Senior Research Psychologist for 15 years at RAND developing outcome measures for the Health Insurance Experiment followed by serving as Principal ...

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Aug 19—21
3 days
Boston, MA, USA
USD 2600
USD 866 per day

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