The mission of the Clinical Science doctoral program is to improve research-fostering patient care advancements by providing a formal, structured, and rigorous training programs in Clinical Investigation (CI), Health Services Research (HSR), and Health Information Technology (HIT). Graduates of the PhD Program will have the skills, knowledge, and experiences to be an independent study investigator. Course work is 30 semester credits, with an additional 30 credits of dissertation. Preliminary and comprehensive exams, as well as a colloquium and defense are highly suggested and/or required.
The Health Services Research (HSR) Track focuses on efficacy, outcomes, and cost efficiency of diagnostic, preventive, interventional, and therapeutic approaches. This discipline evaluates delivery, organization, and reimbursement in health care. Cost and access to care, outcomes, and patient satisfaction are studied endpoints. HSR includes identifying predictors of disease and determining the effectiveness of preventive interventions. The HSR Track includes biostatistics, evidence-based medicine, study design, health economics, and grant writing.
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