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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

Julie Donohue, PhD
Professor
Co-Director, MS and PhD Programs
A613 Public Health
412-624-4562
jdonohue@pitt.edu

Wesley Rohrer, PhD
Associate Professor
Co-Director, MS and PhD Programs
A667 Public Health
412-624-2743
wmrun@pitt.edu

Jessica Dornin, MSL
Recruitment and Academic Affairs Administrator
A631 Public Health
412-624-3625
jld115@pitt.edu

PhD News in HPM

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Hernandez says drug prices rise twice as fast during shortages 

Hernandez says drug prices rise twice as fast during shortages

HEALIO - During a shortage, drug prices increase two times as quickly as they would have in the absence of a shortage, according to findings published in Annals of Internal Medicine. “Prescription drug shortages may result in substitution of less effective drugs, delays in necessary treatments, and... (09/18/2018)
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Government quit test of pricey cancer treatment amid concerns over industry role 

Government quit test of pricey cancer treatment amid concerns over industry role

POLITICO - The payment deal for Kymriah therapy drew internal HHS scrutiny and is the target of current congressional investigations of Swiss drug giant Novartis. The company's pivotal study of the drug's in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia found that at one year, about one out of every t... (07/09/2018)
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Pittsburgh finds overdose risk quintuples with opioid and Benzodiazepine use 

Pittsburgh finds overdose risk quintuples with opioid and Benzodiazepine use

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - In the first 90 days of concurrent opioid and benzodiazepine use, the risk of opioid-related overdose increases five-fold compared to opioid-only use among Medicare recipients. "Having multiple prescribers who are not in communication increases the risk for overdose,” says HPM... (07/02/2018)
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