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Bouvé College of Health Sciences

Master of science in real-world evidence in healthcare and life sciences

Gain highly sought-after skills to use real-world health data to produce reliable results. You’ll learn how to generate evidence to change medicine and improve people’s lives.

Boston or online


Full-time or part-time


12-18 months


Hybrid or online or in-person


Program overview

More than ever, there’s a need for professionals who can translate real-world health data into reliable scientific and business results. These skills are highly sought after across the life sciences and healthcare industry, and the evidence you generate can impact people’s lives.

With the Master of Science in Real-World Evidence in Healthcare and Life Sciences, you’ll gain all the knowledge and skills to produce important scientific and business results from real-world health data, such as electronic medical records and insurance claims.

This program, created and taught by faculty experts at Northeastern’s Observational Health and Data Science Informatics Center, or OHDSI Center, teaches you how epidemiologists, health services researchers, and health policymakers use real-world data to produce reliable evidence. You will explore how this research discipline creates a comprehensive understanding of disease, and you will learn about the complex methods and software required to build that competence.

These immediately deployable skills are needed right now at pharmaceutical companies, regulatory authorities, health systems, technology companies, and consulting groups specializing in life sciences and healthcare. This degree—and your passion for data and helping others—creates an in-demand career with a wide range of opportunities to choose from.

Unique features
  • A first-of-its-kind professional master’s program that taps directly into the world’s largest, open-science community covering more than 2,300 individual collaborators, over 300 organizations in 34 countries, and a data network consisting of 3.1 billion unique patients
  • A flexible format that meets your needs and lifestyle, with full-time and part-time options available on campus in Boston, online, or hybrid
  • An experience-powered education to hone your skills in real-world situations, including a capstone project
  • An award-winning faculty with extensive real-world evidence experience, which they integrate into your courses
Career outlook
  • Gain highly sought-after skills to confidently begin your career at pharmaceutical companies, regulatory authorities, health systems, technology companies, and consulting groups specializing in life sciences and healthcare.

  • There is a strong hiring market for these skills, with 85,000 real-world evidence job postings from December 2020 to November 2021 in the U.S. alone. (Emsi Knowledge Base, 2021)

  • Top employers hiring professionals with real-world, evidence-related skills include Pfizer, Merck, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and Bristol Myers Squibb (Emsi Knowledge Base, 2021).

  • Top real-world, evidence-related job titles include regulatory professionals, medical and research scientists, medical professionals, data scientists, and analytics scientists.

  • Our global network connects you to professionals transforming patient care using transparent research methods and standardized open-source data.

Tuition and aid



Estimated total tuition

This is an estimate based on the tuition rates for Academic Year 2021-2022 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time. Find detailed information on tuition and fees from Student Financial Services.

Finance your education

We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships. Learn more from Student Financial Services.


Industry-aligned courses for in-demand careers

For more than 100 years, we’ve designed our programs with one thing in mind—your success. Explore the current program requirements and course descriptions, all designed to meet today’s industry needs and must-have skills.

Experiential learning

The Master of Science in Real-World Evidence in Healthcare and Life Sciences program draws on strong industry partnerships to provide experiential learning opportunities for students enrolled in this program.

During the program, you will work with the Experiential Network (XN) on projects. The capstone course will consist of experiential learning that may be offered in concert with Northeastern partners in the life sciences and healthcare industry. Additional experiential learning opportunities will be rolled out during this program.

Admission dates


Recommended deadline for fallAugust 1


Recommended deadline for springDecember 1

How to apply

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