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312.693.81 Introduction to Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes Research

Health Policy and Management
1st term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Jodi Segal
Course Instructor:

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


In the last few years, comparative effectiveness research has surged to the forefront of political and academic consciousness in the US. This course provides an introduction to the motivation and methods of this rapidly evolving field.

Reviews the problems faced by decision makers across the US health care system, and reviews priority topics for investigation. Explains the role of stakeholders, including payors, manufacturers, health care organizations, professional groups, providers and patients. Explains study designs and methods used in effectiveness research, focusing in particular on observational studies, but also on newer trial designs. Addresses the policy implications of this research.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of comparative effectiveness research and outcomes research in improving health, which includes the place of comparative effectiveness research in the U.S. research portfolio, the identity and agendas of stakeholders, and the policy implications of this research.
  2. Illustrate the difference between efficacy and effectiveness research
  3. Develop study designs and methodologies unique to effectiveness research
  4. Choose appropriate outcomes and match outcomes to design options to address priority topics
Methods of Assessment:

satisfactory completion of 4 exercises, participation in the Live Talk exercise, midterm assignment and final assignment

Enrollment Restriction:

undergraduates not permitted in this course

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

CER is the generation and synthesis of evidence that compares the benefits and harms of alternative methods to prevent, diagnose, treat and monitor a clinical condition, or to improve the delivery of care. The purpose of CER is to assist consumers, clinicians, purchasers, and policy makers to make informed decisions that will improve health care at both the individual and population levels