Health Services Concentration

The Health Services Concentration seeks to develop scientists experienced in the use of state of the art experimental and non-experimental research methods for the purpose of advancing fundamental 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 concentration explicitly seeks to train scientists to optimally contribute as part of multidisciplinary teams in academic posts, government agencies at the state, national and international levels, and in research arms of private sectors of health services delivery organizations. The concentration explicitly seeks to develop scientists skilled in the communication of scientific knowledge, equipped with leadership skills for the purpose of improving services and influencing health policy at the organizational, state, national, and international levels such that those policies lead to more equitable use of resources thus improving health outcomes. The competency-based curriculum provides students with a strong analytic foundation and general health services research orientation.

Health Services Concentration-Specific Competencies 

  • Organize and present information drawn from multiple sources that characterize the economic, political and financial forces that shape the way in which the health care system interacts
  • Critically evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses of evidence and research regarding the performance of components of the health care system
  • Design a primary data gathering instrument/protocol
  • Collect primary data to address a public health issue
  • Evaluate the strengths and limitations of primary data collection methods
  • Develop a performance measure
  • Develop a hypothetical run chart to assess whether an intervention to improve performance was successful
  • Develop a pay-for-performance scheme to enhance a quality improvement effort

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Health Services Concentration Courses

Select one of the following primary data gathering courses:

  • PHP2040, Survey Research Methods
  • PHP2060, Qualitative Research Methods​

Complete the following health systems course:

  • PHP2400, The U.S. Health Care System: Case Studies in Financing, Delivery, Regulation and Public Health

Complete the following quality course:

  • PHP2450, Measuring and Improving the Quality of Health Care

Select one of the following health services methods design courses:

  • PHP2030, Clinical Trials Methods​
  • PHP2415, Introduction to Evidence-based Medicine​
  • PHP2465A, Introduction to Health Decision Analysis

Select one of the following health services methods analysis courses:

  • PHP2260, Applied Epidemiologic Analysis Using SAS​
  • PHP2410E, Medicare: A Data Based Policy Examination​
  • PHP2440, Intro Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology
  • PHP2455A, Health Services Research Methods I
  • SOC2612, Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis for the Social Sciences
  • SOC2960G, Spatial Data Analysis Techniques in the Social Sciences

Health Services Concentration Lead

Anya R. Wallack, PhD
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