The doctoral program in Healthcare Policy and Research will train students in rigorous quantitative methods with a focus on healthcare research and evaluation. The health care industry is the nation's second-largest employer and has had an increasingly important impact on the US economy. The management and delivery of health care services is near the top of the national agenda. As a result, there is a high demand for well-trained professionals to focus on the study of health care systems, health care reform, organization and financing of medical care, comparative effectiveness analysis, patient-provider relationships, clinical management, deconstruction of utilization patterns, development of health information systems and policy analysis.
The on-campus, full-time four year program requires a minimum of 58 credit hours including 12 hours in quantitative methods, 9 hours in health services research, 12 hours in research methods, 12 hours of elective courses that reflect a student’s research interests, 4 hours of seminar, and a minimum of 9 hours of dissertation credits. The program is competitive with no more than 4 students admitted annually. The most competitive students will receive stipends. Students are expected to collaborate with faculty on research projects throughout the academic experience.