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Health Services Research

The Ph.D. program in Health Services Research seeks to develop scientists experienced in the use of state-of-the-art experimental and non-experimental research methods to investigate how people obtain access to health care, the components and impacts of health care costs, and what happens to patients as a result of care. Health services research aims to identify the most effective ways to organize, manage, finance, and deliver high quality care to benefit population health.

The Ph.D. program explicitly seeks to train scientists to contribute as part of multidisciplinary teams in academic, government, and private-sector research and health care organizations. The program emphasizes communication of scientific knowledge and development of leadership skills to improve the delivery of services and influence health policy at the organizational, state, national, and international levels. The competency-based curriculum provides students with a strong analytic foundation and general health services research orientation. Students may also select an emphasis area in pharmaceutical health services research, sociology, or health economics.

Additional resources: Health Services Research faculty are members of the Department of Health Services, Policy, and Practice and the School of Public Health, which are home to world-class research centers, such as the Center for Gerontology and Health Services Research, the Centers for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, the International Health Institute, the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine, and the Center for Statistical Sciences. Students are engaged in collaborative research with faculty at many of these centers, as well as the Department of Health.

Major areas of faculty activity include long term care research, pharmaceutical health services research, 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.

Completion Requirements
Completion requirements include 24 credits, successful completion of written comprehensive exams in methods and a substantive area, and successful defense of an independent dissertation.

Admission Information
Admission requirements: Master's degree and/or relevant work experience preferred

GRE General: Required
GRE Subject: Not required
Application deadline: December 15