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Doctor of Philosophy

Health Services Research


Studies focus on efficacy, outcomes, access to care, patient satisfaction, and cost efficiency of diagnostic, preventive, interventional, and therapeutic approaches. The Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services Research will help you develop skills in identifying predictors of disease and determining the effectiveness of preventive interventions. Additionally, you will receive formal training in biostatistics, health services research methodologies, study design, health economics, health policy, and grant writing.

PhD Health Services Research PhD Program Handbook​

 PhD Health Services Research Curriculum




Biostatistical Methods I

 BIOS 6611*


SAS Database Design and Management

BIOS 6680


Clinical Science Research Se​​​​minar

CLSC 6210+


Critical Appraisal Seminars in Clinical Science

CLSC 6270


Grant Writing I

CLSC 7101


Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research

CLSC 7150*


Clinical Outcomes Assessment and Applications

CLSC 7202



EPID 6630*


Health Systems Management Policy Elective***



Health Care Economics

HSMP 6604


Methods in Health Services Research I

HSMP 7607*


Methods in Health Services Research II

HSMP 7609


Foundations in Health Services Research

HSMP 7010++


Introduction to Public Health**



Total Required Health Services Research Credits


Cognate Course Credits^



  Doctoral Thesis



66 (MIN)

* Courses required before Preliminary Exam (biostatistics, ethics, epidemiology, and methods--HSMP 7010 fall semester and HSMP 7607)).  BIOS 6611 is required before taking HSMP 7607. Students must complete HSMP 7609 and CLSC 7202 prior to HSR-specific preliminary exam.

+ CLSC 6210 must be taken over three consecutive terms, but is only worth 1 credit granted at the end of the third term pending successful fulfillment of mandatory requirements.

++ HSMP 7010 must be taken over four consecutive terms, but is worth only 2 credits (1 credit granted at the end of each academic year pending successful fulfillment of mandatory requirements.

**Introduction to Public Health is required for Health Services Research students without a public health background. Students pick one of the following three options 1) Foundations in Public Health (PUBH 6600) AND History of Public Health (EPID 6601); 2) Public Health in the Global Community (CBHS 6619); or 3) Foundations in Public Health (PUBH 6600) AND Social and Behavioral Factors & Health (CBHS 6610). These credits can be waived for students who have taken equivalent courses at another institution with approval from the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. If waived no further coursework is required.

***3 credits of HSMP electives; recommended courses include HSMP 6605 (3 credits) or either HSMP 6602 (2 credits) or HSMP 6609 (2 credits) and HSMP 6616 (1 credit).

****Must complete all required coursework or be concurrently registered for remaining coursework prior to registering for HSMP 8990.

^The goal of the cognate courses is to develop a minor area of study that supports the student's research interest. The student will need to present his/her ideas to their academic advisor for approval.


 Concentration Competencies

​Identifier ​PhD Health Service Research Competencies
​Health Systems, M​anagement & Policy
​PHD-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.
​​PHD-HSR 2 ​Discuss the policy process for improving the health status of populations.
​​PHD-HSR 3 ​Apply quality, efficiency and performance improvement concepts to healthcare systems.
​​Health Services Research Methods
​PHD-HSR 4 ​Identify, and measure, clinically relevant and meaningful outcomes and apply evidence-based practice principles.
​PHD-HSR 5 ​Critical​ly appraise existing literature and evaluate manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals.
​PHD-HSR 6 ​Demonstrate breadth of HSR theoretical and conceptual knowledge by applying alternative organizational and behavioral models from a range of relevant disciplines.
​PHD-HSR 7 ​Pose innovative and important health service research questions, informed by systematic reviews of the literature, stakeholder needs, and relevant theoretical and conceptual models.
​PHD-HSR 8 ​Select appropriate interventional, observational, or qualitative study designs to address specific health services research questions and hypotheses.
​PHD-HSR 9 ​Appropriately select healthcare databases and utilize information technologies in research.
Research Professionalism ​
​PHD-HSR 10 ​Accurately select, use and interpret commonly used statistics in health services research.
​PHD-HSR 11 ​Understand and adhere to legal, ethical and regulatory issues related to clinical research.
​PHD-HSR 12 ​Effectively communicate the findings and implications of HSR through multiple modalities to technical and lay audiences.
​PHD-HSR 13 ​Write and know how to submit grant proposals to federal, state, and nongovernmental organizations.​​
​PHD-HSR 14 ​Independently design, conduct, and defend research studies using HSR methods and produceresearch-based manuscripts suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
​PHD-HSR 15 ​Participate in interdisciplinary collaboration, provide constructive reviews and feedback to colleagues, and demonstrate leadership in the appropriate application of HSR methods.   

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