PhD

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

Browse titles in D-Scholarship, the institutional repository for research output at the University of Pittsburgh.

Competencies

Graduates 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.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the structures, performance, quality, policy and environmental context of health and health care to formulated solutions for health policy problems.
  • summarize and present health services research orally and in writing.
  • conduct 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
Professor, and co-director of MS and PhD programs
A613 Public Health
jdonohue@pitt.edu

Lindsay Sabik
Associate professor, and co-director of MS and PhD programs
A613 Public Health
lsabik@pitt.edu

Jessica Dornin**
Recruitment and academic affairs administrator
A631 Public Health
jld115@pitt.edu

**Jessica Dornin is on maternity leave. Please contact Ali Greenholt, Administrative Support
A659 Public Health
alg240@pitt.edu

Doctoral Student News

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A new study reveals how the price of treatments for a devastating disease quadrupled over the past decade 

A new study reveals how the price of treatments for a devastating disease quadrupled over the past decade

BUSINESS INSIDER - Alvaro San-Juan Rodriguez (HPM '20) and Inmaculada Hernandez (HPM '16) published a new study in JAMA Neurology that found that drug prices for individuals with multiple sclerosis quadrupled over a 10-year period. The average price of the the treatments climbed from $18,660 in 200... (08/28/2019)
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Zeni among Notable Women in Education, Crain's Business News 

Zeni among Notable Women in Education, Crain's Business News

CRAIN'S CLEVELAND BUSINESS - The women selected are dedicated to creating and expanding learning opportunities for Northeast Ohioans of all ages, at all levels, and in a host of fields. Mary Beth Zeni (HPM '93) was chosen for innovative and successful curriculum development strategies as associate ... (07/03/2019)
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Hernandez: 2019 Delta Omega Inductee 

Hernandez: 2019 Delta Omega Inductee

Inmaculada Hernandez (HPM ’16) is assistant professor in the Pitt School of Pharmacy. She earned her PharmD degree and a master's in health economics in Spain and completed her PhD at Pitt Public Health in three years. She has earned multiple academic awards as she continues her career in the healt... (04/22/2019)
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Alumna, Kathryn Puskar, inducted into international research hall of fame 

Alumna, Kathryn Puskar, inducted into international research hall of fame

THE ALMANAC - Associate dean for undergraduate nursing education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, KATHRYN PUSKAR (BCHS '78, HPM '81) has been inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, one of 20 inductees for this year. “It’s really humbling. I ... (11/16/2018)
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Hernandez is one of Forbes 30 under 30 for 2019 

Hernandez is one of Forbes 30 under 30 for 2019

FORBES - Congratulations to INMACULADA HERNANDEZ (HPM '16) for being selected as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2019. She will be joining the most exclusive club in the world of young entrepreneurs and game-changers. After graduating from Pitt Public Health with her doctorate, Inma has led wo... (11/14/2018)
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