What is health outcomes research?

  • A change in the health status of an individual, group or population which is attributable to a planned intervention or series of interventions, regardless of whether such an intervention was intended to change health status.
  • Such a definition emphasizes the outcome of planned interventions (as opposed, for example, to incidental exposure to risk), and that outcomes may be for individuals, groups or whole populations. Interventions may include government policies and consequent programs, laws and regulations, or health services and programs, including health promotion programs.
  • The effect the process has had on the people targeted by it. These might include, for example, changes in their self-perceived health status or changes in the distribution of health determinants, or factors which are known to affect their health, well-being and quality of life.
Looking for responsible, hard-working students with a desire to gain research experience.

The health outcomes lab focuses on a wide range of topics in clinical health psychology such as chronic illnesses, minority health, disease management, and preventive health. We invite undergraduate psychology majors to apply to work in our lab. Research assistants are an integral part of our studies, this will afford you an opportunity to earn valuable hands-on experiences, broaden your knowledge, and prepare you for graduate school. Your responsibilities will include attending lab meetings, data collection, participant interviews, and other assigned lab-related tasks.


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