education health outcomes and biomedical informatics

At HOBI, we provide training to research-oriented professionals and scientists to answer these crucial questions: What works? For which patients or populations? Under which circumstances?

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Bridging the gap between patient care and population-based outcomes.

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Training in implementation science, prevention science or health services research focuses on how to conduct research that evaluates health care and community-level interventions and ultimately informs policy. Scientists trained in these research methodologies are essential to bridge the gap between patient care and population-based outcomes.

In an effort to train the next generation of researchers and health care professionals, the Department of Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics draws from the multi-disciplinary strengths of its faculty, which includes health services researchers, epidemiologists, prevention scientists, economists, medical anthropologists, biostatisticians, psychologists and medical sociologists to teach students how to develop and evaluate health interventions, treatments, prevention practices and policies and determine what works on a large-scale level and why.

Our health research graduate programs are distinctive.

At HOBI, our programs give students the opportunity to gain a specific set of skills and research experiences, including:

  • Design and implementation of health outcomes research
  • Research design methodologies
  • Clinical effectiveness research and health outcomes assessments
  • Data collection, measurement and analysis methodologies
  • Conducting research with vulnerable and underserved populations
  • Assessing health risk and outcomes from a variety of perspectives
  • Cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis in health care
  • Clinical and translational research
  • Policy analysis and community engagement
  • Disseminating and implementing research findings to communities

Moreover, each student conducts mentored research in order to apply these skills in a hands-on setting. Learn about career prospects.

Education Programs

GRADUATE spotlight

hobi graduate

Sarah Chavez, Ph.D.

In December, Sarah Chavez became the first doctoral candidate in the department to earn a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences with a concentration in health outcomes and implementation science.

Sarah Chavez, PhD