In HEOR, the types of jobs and diversity of topics in which professionals must demonstrate competence is constantly evolving. To that end, the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) has established a set of 41 competencies for HEOR professionals organized into 13 topic domains: Business Management, Career Development, Communication & Influence, Economic Evaluation, Health Policy & Regulatory, Health Service Delivery & Process of Care, Study Approaches, Patient-Centered Research, Methodological & Statistical Research, Clinical Outcomes, Health Technology Assessment, Epidemiology & Public Health, and Organizational Practices.
These collectively comprise the ISPOR Health Economics and Outcomes Research Competencies Framework, the purpose of which is to serve as a tool to shape academic curricula, fellowships, continuing education programs, and to aid in evaluation of job candidates.
“The ISPOR HEOR Competencies Framework represents an important step forward to establishing agreement on the knowledge, skills, and attributes required for HEOR professionals,” said Laura T. Pizzi, PharmD, MPH, at Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, USA and lead author. “The framework encompasses both the traditional scientific methodological expertise expected of HEOR scientists and the soft skills necessary to be successful in the field.” Read more about the framework here.