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Master of Science
in Therapeutic Outcomes Research


The Master of Science in Therapeutic Outcomes Research is designed to prepare credentialed health care professionals to conduct patient outcomes research in order to evaluate the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions within their own disciplines. The chief feature of this program is the emphasis on original research to determine therapeutic benefit in terms of physiologic, symptomatic, functional, perceptional and quality-of-life outcomes.

This graduate program is offered through the University's Graduate School.

Therapeutic Outcomes Research Courses

"P" refers to a course prerequisite and "C" to a course that must be taken concurrently.

Course Requirements

A total of 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree of which 12 credit hours are in health outcomes, three credit hours are in electives and 15 credit hours are in research (including thesis work).

Health Outcomes (12 credits)

SHRS W510: Trends and Issues in the Health Sciences (3 credits)
SPEA H517: Managerial Epidemiology (3 credits)
INFO I530: Seminar in Health Informatics Applications (3 credits)
SHRS W540: Patient Reported Outcomes and Economic Evaluation (3 credits)

Electives (3 credits)

(In consultation with graduate advisor) (3 credits)

Research (15 credits)

GRAD G651: Introduction to Biostatistics I (3 credits)
SHRS W520: Evidence-Based Critical Inquiry in the Health Sciences (3 credits)
SHRS W570: Research Communication in the Health Sciences (3 credits)
SHRS W599: Thesis in Health Sciences (6 credits)
SHRS W799: Master's Thesis Continuation (1 credit)

Note: One credit can be repeated.

Total Minimum Credits: 30 credits

Thesis Requirement

The capstone experience is the writing and submission of a thesis based on original research conducted by the student and supervised by a thesis committee.

Curricular electives are focused on developing expertise to articulate and research a testable hypothesis in a specific content area pertaining to patient-centered outcomes under the direction of a research advisor holding graduate faculty membership in the University Graduate School. A student's thesis must follow the Indiana University Guide to the Preparation of a Thesis and Dissertation.

SHRS W599 Thesis in Health Sciences (3-6 credits)

Individual investigation in the form of an organized scientific contribution or a comprehensive analysis in a specified area related to Health Science.

The following graduate courses are integrated into the graduate program:

SHRS W510 Trends and Issues in Health Sciences (3 credits)

A seminar course to review pertinent literature and other sources of information as a basis for discussing trends and issues affecting the therapeutic professions and the health care delivery system.

SHRS W520 Evidence Based Inquiry in the Health Sciences (3 credits)

P: Graduate level statistics course. Fundamentals of research methodology, design techniques and procedures applicable to research problems in Health Sciences.

SHRS W540 Patient Reported Outcomes and Economic Evaluation (3 credits)

Exploration of selected patient centered outcomes assessment methodology and its use in economic evaluation.

SHRS W570 Research Communication in Health Sciences (3 credits)

P: Consent of major advisor required. Focuses on the conceptualization and writing of research communication in a variety of formats including by not limited to abstracts, peer-reviewed original publications, theses and grant submissions. This course is limited to School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences students.

SHRS W799 Master's Thesis Continuation (1 credit)

Used as continuation credits for completing the master's thesis in a format acceptable to the student's advisory committee, leading to successful defense of the final product. May be repeated for credit.