MS Health Economics & Outcomes Research Industry Fellowships

Application Deadline: Friday, October 28, 2022

Note: for the current application cycle (2023 entry) we will not be holding fellowship interviews at the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting. Video interviews will be coordinated internally the week of November 7 by Zoom.

Information Session

Thank you to those who joined us for our online information session on September 26, 2022! Access the webinar recording and slides.

About our Programs

Postdoctoral fellowship students work closely with faculty in the CHOICE Institute on projects where they learn first-hand how to apply the principles of outcomes research to real-life problems. These fellowships provide students with a year of study at the University of Washington, usually combined with a period of applied research at the sponsoring company. The year of study leads to an MS degree in Health Economics & Outcomes Research. Course of Study for Fellows earning an MS degree.

We are recruiting for 6 fellowship positions with our 4 industry partners: 

  1. University of Washington/AbbVie Fellowship (legacy Allergan) 
  2. University of Washington/Bayer Fellowship
  3. University of Washington/Genentech Fellowship
  4. University of Washington/Seagen

These training programs in health economics, outcomes research, and policy each combine the resources of a leading academic center for pharmaceutical economics and policy with the dynamic, real-world training of major pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies recognized for their commitment to innovation.

Pictured: 2019-2021 CHOICE Fellows at the UWSOP Corporate Advisory Meeting 

Year 1: University of Washington

  • Gain principles and methods of HEOR through rigorous courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, economic evaluation, and outcomes research
  • Complete MS thesis
  • Present congress posters and/or publish manuscripts
  • MS degree in Health Economics & Outcomes Research awarded upon completion

Year 2: Industry

  • Demonstrate product value utilizing strategically-focused HEOR
  • Understand role of HEOR in drug development and commercialization
  • Collaborate cross-functionally (medical affairs/communication, market access/brand strategy, regulatory affairs, clinical development) and with external vendors

Eligibility

Applicants applying for these fellowships must have a degree in pharmacy or health-related discipline and have some research experience (preference will be given to those with a high academic standing). Excellent written and verbal communication skills are also essential. We are unable to sponsor non-immigrant visas for this program, you must hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status to apply.

Application Information

Applicants will apply for our fellowship programs through the UW Graduate School application for admission. As part of the application process they will submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and three letters of recommendation to be considered for an interview.  Selection of fellows will be made by a committee composed of University of Washington faculty members and representatives from the respective company.

Note: for the current application cycle (2023 entry) the UW will not be holding fellowship interviews at the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting. Video interviews will be coordinated internally the week of November 7 by Zoom.

Application Process Timeline:

  • Eligibility: Degree in Pharmacy by July 1, 2023
  • Application Deadline: Friday, October 28, 2022
  • Interview Notification: Wednesday, November 2, 2022
  • Interviews: Week of November 7, 2022
  • Offer Notification: Friday, November 11, 2022 — decisions requested by Nov 14 and 15
  • Program Start Date: July 1, 2023

How to Apply:

  • Apply directly through the University of Washington Graduate School Application
  • Start your Graduate School application
    • Scroll down and select Create a Profile under the heading New Applicants
  • Create your Applicant Profile
  • Once completed, select Create a new application
  • Select the following for each category:
    • Application type: Graduate
    • Program: Pharmacy — Health Economics & Outcomes Research (MS)
    • Quarter and Year: Fall 2023
    • Areas of Interest: AbbVie Fellowship Program, Bayer Fellowship Program, Genentech Fellowship Program, Seagen Fellowship Program (select all that apply). 
      • Note: This step is very important! It tells us which positions you are applying to with the single Graduate School application.
  • Complete all steps in the application including:
    • Report Prior Schools
    • Submit Transcripts (upload your unofficial transcripts)
    • Submit Resume or Vitae
    • Designate Recommendations (enter the email address of your 3 recommenders who will be notified as soon as you enter their information to submit a recommendation on your behalf)
    • Submit Statement of Purpose
    • Review Checklist of Application Materials
  • Verify, Pay, and Submit Application no later than October 28, 2022!

Note: The Graduate School application fee is $85. Financial Need Fee Waivers are available through the Graduate School for those who qualify. For more information on minimum income requirements and how to request a waiver: https://grad.uw.edu/admission/application-fee-waivers/

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: If applying to more than one position, do my letter writers need to address their letters specific for each one?

A: No, if applying for more than one position, the same letters will be used for all positions. Therefore, you should ask your letter writers to address them more generally to the Selection Committee and speak about your qualifications more broadly in regards to HEOR.

Q: Is it possible to do the Master degree( Year 1) without the fellowship? Do you offer a standalone Master’s program?

A: At this time we do not offer the stand-alone Master’s program, our Master’s students must be admitted to the 2 year fellowship program with one of our industry sponsors. The 2nd year must be completed immediately following completion of the MS degree in Year 1.

Q: As an international student, am I eligible to apply to your programs?

A: Due to the unique program structure and timeline of our fellowships, international students are not eligible to apply. US Citizenship or US Permanent Residency status is a minimum requirement to apply.

Q: Am I eligible to apply if I received my Pharmacy degree from a school other than the University of Washington?

A: Yes. You are eligible to apply for our fellowship programs coming from an outside school. In fact, most of our incoming cohort are from institutions across the U.S. Generally, we will have at least one University of Washington PharmD graduate in the incoming cohorts (6 new fellows per year) but we accept applications from graduates of any regionally accredited institution.

Q: What type of stipend or benefits are included in this position?

A: All fellows receive a competitive stipend, health insurance, and are eligible for retirement benefits as a UW Postdoctoral Scholar Fellow. Fellows are paid UW employees for the duration of the two-year fellowship. Additionally, they will receive full tuition coverage for the Master of Science program in HEOR. Additional benefits vary by individual sponsoring company but generally also include relocation assistance and travel support to present at professional conferences.

 

For more information, please contact: 

Bettina Schifferl, M.A.
Program Operations Specialist
206-685-7021
uwsopchoice@uw.edu