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Master of Science in Health Services Research and Policy

The Master of Science in Health Services Research and Policy program prepares graduates for positions in health services research and policy, analytics and also prepares them for higher level education (such as a PhD). Graduates will be prepared to conduct research on policy issues affecting the organization, financing, and delivery of health care and public health services.


  • Policy Analyst
  • Government (local, state, national)
  • Policy positions with non-profit organizations
  • Academia (project coordinator)


Graduates will be able to:

  • Comprehend and effectively analyze published research in health services research
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic policy and management ideas and how they affect populations and the distribution of health and disease in human populations
  • Summarize and present health services research orally and in writing
  • Conduct all aspects of a research project, including analyzing data, and interpreting research results


  • 42 credits
  • Coursework in statistics and research methods
  • Coursework in foundations of public health
  • MS thesis


Julie Donohue, PhD
Co-Director, MS and PhD Programs
A613 Public Health

Wesley Rohrer, PhD
Associate Professor
Co-Director, MS and PhD Programs
A667 Public Health

Jessica Dornin, MSL
Recruitment and Academic Affairs Administrator
A631 Public Health

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2018 Celebration of Student Awards 

2018 Celebration of Student Awards

On April 28, 2018, Pitt Public Health celebrated recent graduates with awards given upon the culmination of a degree program. Delta Omega's honor society inductees were announced and outstanding thesis/essay and dissertation awards were conferred. Outstanding Student Awards were also given at both ... (04/30/2018)
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