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Health Systems, Managment & Policy

Health Systems, Managment & Policy

Contact Information

Department and Program Contacts

Mary Baitinger
HSMP Department Administrator
e-mail | 303.724.6698

Graduate School

Academic Office 1, L15-1503
Aurora, CO 80045
e-mail | 303.724.2911


Master of Science

Health Services Research, Policy and Administration

​The Master of Science (MS-HSVR) program is Health Services Research, Policy and Administration 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.

About the Program

Student Recruitment and Admission

The Department works closely with the school of public health Office of Student Affairs to recruit and admit qualified candidates.  Prospective students should review the program admission requirements and procedures. Applications are accepted online, through the University of Colorado Denver Graduate School. Learn more.

Cost of Attendance

Tuition and fees are published by the Colorado School of Public Health and University of Colorado Denver Bursar. Students are eligible for financial aid through the university. Learn more.

Graduate School

MS students have access to resources and support offered through the University of Colorado Denver Graduate School. Students are expected to comply with Graduate School policies and procedures during the duration of their program.  Learn more.

Anschutz Medical Campus

The MS program is offered on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, the nation's newest health care city.  Learn more.  


Program Curriculum

Course Course # Credits
BIOS 6611 Biostatistical Methods


BIOS 6680 SAS Design and Management


CBHS 6610 Social and Behavioral Factors & ​Health ​3
CLSC 7151 Ethics in Research 1
CLSC 7202 Clinical Outcomes & Applications 3
EPID 6630 Epidemiology ​3
HSMP 6602 Health Equity ​2
HSMP 6616 Introduction to Health Policy Analysis & Communication 1
HSMP 6604 Health Care Economics ​3
HSMP 6605 Health Policy  3
HSMP 6609 Cost Benefit/Effectiveness 3​
HSMP 6630 Grant Writing for Pub. Health. Prof 2​
HSMP 6670 Health Services Research Applications​ 2
HSMP 7010 Foundations in HSR Seminar​ 2​
HSMP 7607​ Methods in Health Services Research I​ 3​
HSMP 7609 Methods in Health Services Research II​ 3​
HSMP 6650 MS-HSR Thesis​ 4​
PUBH 6600* Foundations in Public Health​ 2​
Total Program 42 (44)

 *PUBH 6600 is required for students without a public health background.

​Sample Schedule and Updated MS-HSVR Information Packet (as of April 2014)

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. 

Download the following:

Course descriptions and additional courses are available in Course Options.


 Concentration Competencies



MS Health Services Research Competencies

Health Systems, Management and Policy


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


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


Apply quality, efficiency and performance improvement concepts to healthcare systems.

Health Services Research Methods


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


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


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


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


Select appropriate interventional, observational, or qualitative study designs to address specific health services research questions and hypotheses.


Appropriately select healthcare databases and utilize information technologies in research.

Research Professionalism


Accurately select, use and interpret commonly used statistics in health services research.


Understand and adhere to legal, ethical and regulatory issues related to clinical research.


Effectively communicate the findings and implications of HSR through multiple modalities to technical and lay audiences.


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


Design and conduct research studies using HSR methods and produce research-based manuscripts suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

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