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Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services Research and Policy

The Health Services Research and Policy (HSRP) PhD program meets an ongoing need for public health researchers who focus on cost, access and quality of the health care system. Graduates will be prepared to conduct research on policy issues affecting the organization, financing, and delivery of health care and public health services.

Careers

Graduates are prepared for positions in:
  • academia
  • government
  • private sector as experts in health services research and policy

Recent Dissertation Titles

  • Rural Access to Primary Care: Diversity of Sites and Transdisciplinarity in the Knowledge Production System
  • Is Mental Health a risk factor for 30-day Readmission Rate for chronically medically ill patients admitted for Acute Myocardial Infarction, Heart Failure or Pneumonia?
  • Benchmarking Hospital Performance: Exploring the Inclusion of “Transfer-In” Acute Myocardial Infarction Patients in 30-Day Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rates

Competencies

Graduates will be able to:
  • Students will be able to read and effectively analyze published research in health services research at the level necessary to generate research proposals of their own.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the structures, performance, quality, policy and environmental context of health and health care to formulated solutions for health policy problems.
  • Students will be able to summarize and present health services research orally and in writing.
  • Students will be capable of conducting all aspects of a health services research and policy related research project, including generating and testing research hypotheses, analyzing data, and interpreting research results.

Requirements

  • 72 credits, about half coursework and half research
  • Coursework in health economics
  • Coursework in foundations of public health
  • Advanced coursework in statistics and research methods
  • Advanced dissertation research and coursework in an area of focus

Contacts

Nicholas Castle
Professor
Director, Doctoral Program
A610 Crabtree Hall
412-383-7043
castlen@pitt.edu

Jessica Dornin
Doctoral Program Coordinator
A668 Crabtree Hall
412-624-3625
jld115@pitt.edu

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