Individuals adept at using real-world data to answer research questions in health economics are in high demand.  The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Health Economics & Outcomes Research is to provide students with a strong foundation in the institutional details of the health care sector, as well as in the modern statistical methods, quantitative analysis, and causal inference applied to the health care industry and to health outcomes research.  The curriculum includes exposure to large and diverse data sets related to health care delivery and health outcomes, training in statistical programing, and the use of state-of-the-art econometric methods.  The certificate gives students the applied skills increasing in demand in the health research sector, enhancing the student’s career and professional development.  The certificate can also provide a springboard towards pursuing a graduate degree in Health Economics.

Certificate Requirements

The Certificate in Health Economics & Outcomes Research requires the completion of 12 semester hours of coursework.  All courses for the certificate must be taken at CU Denver.

Students are expected to meet all course prerequisites or have the director of graduate studies approval to enroll in a graduate level course.  A grade of B- or better is required in all courses, with a cumulative grade point average of B (3.0) or above. No course may be taken more than twice.

Required Courses

ECON 5030 – Data Analysis with SAS 
ECON 4812 – Advanced Econometric Methods
ECON 7661 – Health Economics I
ECON 7662 – Health Economics II

Total: 12 Hours

Note: ECON 5823 (Econometrics II) may substitute for ECON 4812.  

A Stepping Stone to a Gradaute Degree

The gradaute level courses required for the Certificate in Health Economics & Outcomes Research are a module of courses that also count towards the ECON M.A., M.S., and Ph.D. programs.  Graduate level ECON credit counted towards the Graduate Certificate may be subsequently counted towards a CU Denver graduate degree in Economics.  Certificate students may apply to a gradaute program in economics at any time.  

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Health Economics & Outcomes Research and later apply to one of the graduate programs in economics at CU Denver may submit their certificate in place of GRE scores and letters of recommendation.

Students admitted to the M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. programs in economics at CU Denver may complete the graduate certificate concurrently with their degree program.  However, courses that have already been counted towards any degree already awarded (undergraduate or graduate) may not be counted towards the certificate retroactively.

International students admitted to the certificate program may be eligible for a student visa.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the Graduate Certificate in Health Economics & Outcomes Research, students will be able to: 

  1. Use statistical software used to preform large scale data analysis.
  2. Distinguish between causal and correlational relationships.
  3. Understand the fundamentals of the potential outcomes framework, randomized experiments, natural experiments, panel data models, matching, instrumental variables and regression discontinuity designs.
  4. Understand the economic approach to studying the healthcare sector, health behaviors, and health outcomes.
  5. Understand how different markets function in the health care sector, such as the market for health care, health insurance, health labor (such as physicians and nursing), and pharmaceuticals.

Admission Requirements

  • Students may be enrolled as a CU Denver graduate student in any discipline, or as UC-Denver non-degree seeking student with a bachelor’s degree.
  • Meet all general admission requirements of the Graduate School (including a 3.0 undergraduate grade-point average).
  • Submit official or unofficial transcripts from the program from which you earned a bachelor’s degree.
  • Have completed courses in Calculus and Introduction to Econometrics (ECON 4811), or equivalent coursework.
  • International students must submit TOEFL scores or otherwise satisfy the University’s English Language Proficiency requirement.