The doctoral program in health services research offers training in research methods to advance knowledge of issues central to the improvement of population health by focusing on organizational characteristics of health care delivery systems, providers, and economic forces that shape consumer and provider behavior, as well as the policy environment in which these relationships exist. The competency-based curriculum provides students with a strong analytic foundation and general health services research orientation. Students may select an emphasis area in pharmaceutical health services research, organizational sociology, or health economics; or select a general health services research track.
Major areas of faculty research include long-term care research, pharmaceutical health services research, quality measurement and improvement, medicare policy, eliminating racial disparities, evaluation of state policies, and end of life care. Strengths of the program include its student-centric approach to learning, high faculty to student ratio, and hands on experience conducting supervised research.
Funding via fellowship, teaching assistantship and research assistantship is available for those admitted to the PhD program.