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Master of Science

Health Services Research




The Master of Science program in Health Services Research provides training in the scientific foundations of the multidisciplinary field of health services research. Health services research studies the interplay of social factors, health technologies, and personal behaviors affecting access to health care, the quality and cost of health care, and the quantity and quality of life. The program trains scientists who can implement and assist with the development of health services research studies, while meeting the rigors of the scientific community.

 


MS-Health Services Research Curriculum​

COURSE REQUIREMENT

COURSE #

CREDITS

Biostatistical Methods

BIOS 6611

3

SAS Design and Management

BIOS 6680

3

Social and Behavioral Factors ​Health

CBHS 6610

​3

Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research

CLSC 7150

1

Clinical Outcomes and Application

CLSC 7202

3

Epidemiology

EPID 6630

​3

Health Care Economics

HSMP 6604

3

Health Policy​

HSMP 6605

​3

Cost Benefit/Effectiveness

HSMP 6609

2

Health Policy Analysis and Communication

HSMP 6616

1

Foundations in HSR Seminar

HSMP 7010

2​

Research Design and Proposal Preparation

HSMP 7601

3

Methods in Health Services Research I​

HSMP 7607​

3​

Methods in Health Services Research II​

HSMP 7609

3​

MS Research Paper OR MS Thesis

HSMP 6651 OR 6950

4​

Foundations in Public Health​

Public Health Concepts for Non-MPH

PUBH 6600*

EHOH 6601*

2
1

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS

40 (43)

 *All MS students matriculating in or after Fall 2018 are required to take PUBH 6600 and EHOH 6601. Only students with a prior graduate degree from a CEPH-accredited institution may waive this requirement.


Sample Schedule and Updated MS-HSR Information Packet (as of October 2017)

The following sample schedule and information packet are designed to assist students in planning their course of study at the Colorado School of Public Health. The number of credits in a given semester, the order in which the required courses are taken, and the courses that are taken to meet the concentration requirements can vary. 

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Course descriptions and additional courses are available in Course Options.

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 Concentration Competencies

 

Identifier

MS Health Services Research Competencies

MS-HSR 1

Identify the main components and issues of the organization, financing, and delivery of health services and public health systems in the U.S.

MS-HSR 2

Identify, and measure, clinically meaningful and/or policy relevant outcomes and apply evidence-based practice principles.

MS-HSR 3

Critically appraise existing literature and evaluate manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals.

MS-HSR 4

Demonstrate breadth of health services research theoretical and conceptual knowledge by applying alternative organizational and behavioral models from a range of relevant disciplines.

MS-HSR 5

Pose innovative and important health services research questions, informed by systematic reviews of the literature, stakeholder needs, and relevant theoretical and conceptual models.

MS-HSR 6

Select the appropriate econometric/statistical specification and estimation technique, including using specification tests and theoretical justifications for distributional assumptions, the choice of link function, and estimation approach for a variety of outcomes.

MS-HSR 7

Choose and define the appropriate unit of analysis and approach to computing standard errors for conducting hypothesis test.

MS-HSR 8

Understand and apply methods for causal inference and identify the assumptions that may or may not hold for a causal interpretation.

MS-HSR 9

Write and know how to submit grant proposals to federal, state, and non-governmental organizations.

MS-HSR 10

Describe legal, ethical and regulatory issues related to clinical research.

MS-HSR 11

Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate the findings and implications of health service research findings to technical and lay audiences.

MS-HSR 12

Design and conduct research studies using health services research methods and produce research suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

MS-HSR 13

Discuss the policy process for improving the health status of populations.

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