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PhD in Health Services Research Curriculum

Prerequisites

Students who are admitted to the PhD program generally will have completed a master’s degree in a relevant discipline, or a terminal professional degree (e.g. MD, JD, PharmD) prior to matriculation. Admitted students who have attained only a bachelor’s degree will have to complete an additional 32 semester hours of coursework.

Cognate Areas

Each student must select one of two research areas known as cognates: (1) health economics or (2) health politics and policy. These cognate areas provide students with core knowledge relating to a specific conceptual approach for health services research. Students typically designate their cognate area at or before matriculation, but must designate a cognate area no later than the end of their first semester.

Summary of PhD Program Curriculum

PhD Core Courses

19 credit hours

Prescribed Statistics and Methods Courses

15 credit hours

Prescribed Cognate Courses

9 credit hours

Free Electives

12 credit hours

Capstone (Papers/Dissertations)

9 credit hours

Total

64 credit hours

 

PhD Core Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHPM 601

Foundations of Public Health

3

PHPM 619

Organizational Theory

3

PHPM 637

Political Foundations of Public Health

3

PHPM 661

Introduction to Health Economics

3

PHPM 671

Introduction into Health Services Research

3

PHPM 681

Seminar (1 hour, repeated first 4 semesters)

4

 

PHPM 601 is waived for students who have attained a public health degree from a CEPH-accredited institution.  To be eligible for teaching assistant positions, students also must complete SOPH 676 (Professional Development Seminar in Public Health Teaching).

 

Prescribed Statistics and Methods Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHPM 672

Data Science for Health Services Research

3

PHPM 674

Secondary Analysis of Health Data

3

PHPM 678

Qualitative Research in Public Health

3

PHPM 667

Analytical Issues in Health Services Research I

3

PHPM 676

Analytical Issues in Health Services Research II

3

 

Health Economics Cognate Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHPM 662

Advanced Health Economics

3

PHPM 663

Cost-Effectiveness Analysis and Health Policy

3

PHPM 654

Health Insurance and Managed Care

3

 

Health Politics and Policy Cognate Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHPM 640

Health Policy and Politics

3

PHPM 641

Advanced Health Policy

3

PHPM 643

Health Policy Analysis

3