Overview of Current Practice in Health Economics & Outcomes Research

  • This program closed on 06/23/2019.

Program Description

The demand for competencies in the area of Health Economics & Outcomes Research (HEOR) has expanded greatly over the past two decades. This expansion is the result of increasing demands for evidence of value to support optimal reimbursement by insurers for both pharmacologic therapies and medical devices. Evidence of value is derived from scientifically rigorous studies and modeling work and is intended for publication in peer reviewed clinical journals. These studies are ancillary to the clinical trial-based content of drug/device applications mandated by regulatory bodies. HEOR professionals drive much of this work, requiring both a scientific acumen and ability to contribute to differentiation strategies for novel interventions.

Further, HEOR professionals are often tasked with the development and validation of clinical outcomes assessments- COA (i.e. patient-focused outcomes such as quality of life and activities of daily living). Given the scope and breadth of these roles, HEOR professionals must therefore interact with clinical, medical, regulatory, statistical, epidemiologic, and commercial entities in most organizations. Program content is therefore designed to 1)review and engender discussion/debate regarding these multifaceted roles, 2) determine how HEOR professionals must acquire, hone and enhance competencies required for success in role and career development and 3) understand who are the diverse entities across industry, government, and academia seeking HEOR professionals.


Participants will:

  • Attain a clear understanding of the demand for HEOR competencies across industry, academia, and government;
  • Gain the ability to define and delineate the multifaceted skill sets that are typically associated with an HEOR role;
  • Understand how to interact and communicate effectively with colleagues across multiple functional areas within an organization;
  • Learn how to craft an interim and long term career development plan, optimizing success in current role and assuring opportunities for advancement.

Intended Audience

Current HEOR professionals, as well as professionals in related disciplines (epidemiology, biostatistics, medical writing).

Required knowledge/pre-requisites

Masters level training in epidemiology, biostatistics, or other biological sciences.

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Overview of Current Practice in Health Economics & Outcomes Research