Health Services Research and Policy

Major: Health Services Research and Policy
Degree Awarded: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 66.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 44.0503
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9111

About the Program

The Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services Research and Policy will equip students with the skills to identify and answer important questions regarding health services, systems, and policies in the United States and to disseminate and translate findings into actions that improve health. Students will benefit from engagement with the Department of Health Management and Policy’s interdisciplinary faculty, the Dornsife School of Public Health’s emphasis on urban health and social justice, and the School’s location in Philadelphia—the 5th largest city in the United States where dynamic networks of academic, government, non-profit, and community-based organizations share a commitment to addressing health problems.

Mission

The mission of the PhD in Health Services Research and Policy is to prepare researchers and scholars for careers in universities and other organizations, such as governmental agencies and private health-related industries (insurers, pharmaceuticals, philanthropic foundations, etc.), where health services research is conducted. The program will equip students with the skills to identify and answer important questions regarding health services and policies in the United States and to disseminate and translate findings into action. Ultimately, program graduates will serve to improve the US health care system and individual and population health outcomes through research and advocacy.

PhD competencies

The PhD Program in Health Services Research and Policy will equip students to: 

  • Understand the social, political, behavioral, and economic contexts of health and health services
  • Develop and use theoretical frameworks to formulate testable research questions in health services research and policy
  • Apply quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods to answer health services research and policy questions
  • Design and evaluate health services and policy interventions using community engagement strategies
  • Translate and disseminate research findings to inform health services practice and policy

Curriculum

The program’s four core areas of study are based on principles articulated in the Institute of Medicine report on Health Services Research: Training and Workforce Issues:2

  • Social and Political Determinants of Health and Health Systems: The multi-level factors that affect the health of individuals and populations and that undergird US health systems.
  • Research Methods: The methods for investigating health services research and policy questions that involve collecting, analyzing, and interpreting health and health services data.
  • Health Economics: The supply and demand of health care resources and the impact of allocation and scarcity of these resources on populations.
  • Implementation Science: Approaches to designing and implementing health services interventions at multiple levels using community engagement strategies.
  • Cognate: Two Drexel University courses from outside the Health Management and Policy department selected at the student’s discretion, with advisor approval, that focus on topics applicable to the student’s research interests. 

Additional Information

For more information about the program, contact:

Allison Keene, MS
Program Manager

Dornsife School of Public Health
Drexel University
Nesbitt Hall 332
3215 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
ah849@drexel.edu
267.359.6032

Additional information can be found on the Dornsife School of Public Health website.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the PhD Program in Health Services Research and Policy must meet the following requirements:

  • Completed master’s degree with a concentration in public health, health services research, health policy, health care management, or other social science related fields.
  • Successful completion of undergraduate- and graduate-level coursework in quantitative analytic methods.
  • Evidence of prior research experience

The application package will include: undergraduate and graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation from faculty or professionals who can evaluate the applicant’s promise as a graduate student, official Graduate Record Examination scores, a written statement of career goals, doctoral research interests and fit with a desired faculty mentor, resume or curriculum vitae, and a writing sample.

Degree Requirements

Social and Political Determinants of Health and Health Sytems
HMP 500Health Management and Policy I3.0
HMP 501Health Management and Policy II3.0
HMP 511Legal Aspects of Public Health3.0
HMP 550Health Disparities: Systemic, Structural, Environmental & Economic3.0
or HMP 802 Health and Human Rights
Research Methods
BST 560Intermediate Biostatistics I3.0
ECON 550Econometrics3.0
HMP 810Health Services Research3.0
HMP 814Research and Practice Workshop3.0
Research Methods Elective (select one)3.0
Survival Data Analysis
Applied Multivariate Analysis
Introduction to GIS for Public Health
Qualitative Methods for Health Policy Research and Practice
Health Economics
HMP 815Cost Benefit Analysis for Health Services3.0
HMP 852Health Economics I3.0
HMP 853Health Economics II3.0
Implementation and Translation
HMP 820Methods in Implementation Science3.0
Implementation and Translation Elective (select one)3.0
Measuring Health
Policy Analysis for Population Health
Health Systems Policy Analysis
Cognate6.0
Students will fulfill a cognate area of specialized study by taking two Drexel University courses outside the HMP Department
Pre- Dissertation Research9.0
Pre-Dissertation Research
Dissertation (9 credit minimum)9.0
PhD Dissertation Guidance
Total Credits66.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
FallCredits
HMP 500Health Management and Policy I3.0
HMP 852Health Economics I3.0
BST 560Intermediate Biostatistics I3.0
HMP 814Research and Practice Workshop1.5
 Term Credits10.5
Winter
HMP 501Health Management and Policy II3.0
HMP 511Legal Aspects of Public Health3.0
HMP 853Health Economics II3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Spring
HMP 815Cost Benefit Analysis for Health Services3.0
HMP 802
or 550
Health and Human Rights
Health Disparities: Systemic, Structural, Environmental & Economic
3.0
Cognate Elective #13.0
 Term Credits9.0
Second Year
Fall
ECON 550Econometrics3.0
HMP 810Health Services Research3.0
HMP 814Research and Practice Workshop1.5
Research Method Elective 3.0
 Term Credits10.5
Winter
Implementation and Science Elective3.0
Cognate Elective #23.0
HMP 997Pre-Dissertation Research3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Spring
HMP 820Methods in Implementation Science3.0
HMP 997Pre-Dissertation Research6.0
 Term Credits9.0
Third Year
Fall
HMP 999PhD Dissertation Guidance3.0-12.0
 Term Credits3.0-12.0
Winter
HMP 999PhD Dissertation Guidance3.0-12.0
 Term Credits3.0-12.0
Spring
HMP 999PhD Dissertation Guidance3.0-12.0
 Term Credits3.0-12.0
Total Credit: 66.0-93.0

Dornsife School of Public Health Faculty

Amy Auchincloss, PhD, MPH (University of Michigan). Associate Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Environmental determinants of health and the health effects of air pollution; contribution of resources in residential environments to health behaviors, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease; the use of spatial analysis methods and agent-based mode
Zekarias Berhane, PhD (University of Pittsburgh). Assistant Research Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Modeling time-to-event data with single and multiple outcomes, mixed effect models and regression diagnostics.
Sandra Bloom, MD (Temple University School of Medicine). Associate Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Psychological trauma and organizational stress.
Jennifer Breaux, DrPh, MPH, CHES (Drexel University). Assistant Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Maternal and child health, community health, human rights.
Darryl Brown, PhD (Johns Hopkins University). Assistant Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Health care research and planning; patient outcomes and applied health economic methods.
Robert J. Brulle, PhD (George Washington University). Professor. Environmental policy and politics, climate change, critical theory, marine risk, social movements, environmental sociology.
James W. Buehler, MD (University of California, San Francisco). Clinical Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Public health preparedness, e-health, health policy, building public health infrastructure and capacity, chronic diseases, behavioral health, data privacy, emergency preparedness and public health practice.
Igor Burstyn, PhD (Utrecht University). Associate Professor. Department of of Environmental and Occupational Health. Occupational and environmental epidemiology, industrial hygiene, endocrine disruptors, environmental exposures, biomarkers, air quality, gene-environmental interaction, maternal and child health, Bayesian statistics, statistical modeling, etiology of autism.
Amy Carroll-Scott, PhD, MPH (University of California at Los Angeles). Assistant Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. The social and contextual determinants of persistent health disparities and the application of social science and community-based participatory research methods to understanding and eliminating such disparities.
Esther Chernak, MD, MPH, FACP (UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School) Director of the Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication; Director of Joint Degree Programs. Associate Clinical Professor. Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Adjunct Faculty, Drexel University College of Medicine; Public health emergency preparedness, infectious diseases, public health practice, global health.
Mariana Chilton, PhD, MPH (University of Pennsylvania) Director, Center for Hunger-Free Communities. Associate Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Nutrition, housing and health; chronic diseases; human rights, chronic diseases, community health, human rights and hunger.
Theodore Corbin, MD, MPP (Drexel University) Joint Appointment between Dornsife School of Public Health and Drexel University College of Medicine. Assistant Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Health policy; design of care systems; high risk youth; violence; healthcare services; injury prevention.
Anneclaire De Roos, PhD, MPH (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Associate Professor. Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Environmental and occupational epidemiology, exposure assessment, pesticides, persistent organic pollutants, drinking water quality, air pollution, urban environments, chemical risk assessment.
Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH (Johns Hopkins University) Dean, Dornsife School of Public Health. Distinguished Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Social determinants of health; neighborhoods and health; psychosocial factors; air pollution, cardiovascular disease epidemiology; multilevel and systems methods; urban health and health in Latin America.
Mary Duden, MBA (Drexel University). Associate Teaching Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Health care for the underserved and health disparities.
Jerome Dugan, PhD (Rice University) Primary appointment in Health Economics at the Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions. Assistant Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Insurance markets and healthcare regulation.
Nancy Epstein, MPH, MAHL (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Associate Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Community organizing and community engagement strategies; religion and health; health policy and advocacy; organizational and group dynamics; health promotion; behavioral health; oral health; evaluation of community health programs.
Alison A. Evans, ScD (Harvard University). Associate Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Epidemiology of infectious diseases and cancer; cohort studies; minority and immigrant health; chronic viral infections; hepatitis b; eliminantion of viral hepatitis; immunization; perinatal transmission.
Jerry Fagliano, MPH, PhD (Johns Hopkins University) Chair, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Associate Clinical Professor. Children's health and environmental exposures; health impacts of climate change; inequities in environmental exposure and disease; risks from transportation of hazardous materials; spatial distribution and clustering of disease.
Robert I. Field, PhD, JD, MPH (Columbia University) Joint Appointment in the Drexel University Kline School of Law. Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Health law and public health; ethical issues in managed care, public policy and legal facets of health care reform and genetic screening.
Janet Fleetwood, PhD (University of Southern California) Vice Provost for Strategic Development & Initiatives. Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Bioethics, Strategic Planning, Social Justice & Equity.
Arthur L. Frank, MD, PhD (City University of New York) Chair Emeritus. Professor. Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Environmental and occupational health, agricultural safety and health, pneumoconiosis, occupational toxicology, environmental pollution.
Dennis Gallagher, MA, MPA (University of Pittsburgh). Assistant Teaching Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Health department structure and financing; health policy and law; Medicare/Medicaid and public health infrastructure.
Pamela Geller, PhD (Kent State University). Associate Professor. Stressful life events and physical and mental health outcomes, particularly in the area of women's reproductive health (e.g. pregnancy, pregnancy loss, infertility, medical education).
Marla Gold, MD (University of Medicine and Dentistry-New Jersey Medical School) Dean Emerita. Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Design of HIV/AIDS care systems, treatment protocols, resource utilization, and epidemiology; CQI, managed care and systems of health care, health administration, behavioral health care and substance abuse treatment systems.
Edward J. Gracely, PhD (Temple University) Joint Appointment in Drexel University College of Medicine. Associate Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Statistics, experimental design/research methods and statistical analysis, clinical trials.
Ghassan Hamra, PhD (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Assistant Professor. Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Environmental and occupational epidemiology, Bayesian statistics, exposure assessment.
William J. Hickey, PhD (Northwestern University). Associate Teaching Professor. Department of Health Management and policy. Health care administration and organizational culture.
Mary E. Hovinga, PhD, MPH (University of Michigan). Associate Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Cancer, cognitive disabilities; PCBs and DDT, lead exposure; neurological disorders, environmental hazards, epidemiologic study design.
Ann Klassen, PhD (Johns Hopkins University). Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. HIV/AIDS, food safety, excess burden intervention, GIS-based and spatial analysis.
Jennifer Kolker, MPH (University of Michigan) Associate Dean for Public Health Practice; Director of Executive MPH Program. Assistant Teaching Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Maternal and child health; federally qualified health center program; urban health issues; health department structure and financing; health policy and law; legislative advocacy; Medicare/Medicaid; preterm birth; public health education and training; public health infrastructure; welfare economics; women's health.
Brent Langellier, PhD, MA (University of California, Los Angelos). Assistant Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Health and health care disparities, Latino health, complex systems, quantitative methods, GIS.
Stephen E. Lankenau, PhD (University of Maryland). Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. HIV/AIDS, overdose prevention, prescription drug misuse, medical marijuana, injection drug use, high risk youth, homelessness.
Felice Le-Scherban, PhD, MPH (University of Michigan). Assistant Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Life course approaches to socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic health disparities; social determinants of health among immigrants; causal links between education and health; analytic methods in social epidemiology.
Brian K. Lee, PhD (Johns Hopkins University). Associate Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Environmental determinants and epidemiology of autism spectrum disorders; perinatal epidemiology; child and material health; neuropsychiatric epidemiology, causal inference; machine learning.
Nora L. Lee, PhD (Johns Hopkins University). Assistant Research Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Perinatal epidemiology; preterm birth; infant mortality; autism spectrum disorders; maternal and child health; racial and ethnic health disparities; secondhand smoke; tobacco control; environmental exposures.
Longjian Liu, MD, PhD, MSc, FAHA (The University of Hong Kong). Associate Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Pharmacoepidemiology; cardiovascular disease and diabetes epidemiology; drug-lifestyle interaction; environmental and global health disparities; hospital electronic health records for cardiovascular and diabetes risk assessment and prediction.
Raymond K. Lum, MPhil, MS (University of Pennsylvania) Director of E-Learning. Associate Teaching Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Asian health; change management; e-health; health disparities; innovation diffusion; organization learning theory.
Shannon Marquez, MEng, PhD (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) Director, Office of Global Health . Associate Professor. Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Global health; water sanitation and hygiene; health disparities; environmental health.
Ana Martinez-Donate, PhD (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain). Associate Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. HIV prevention; tobacco control; obesity prevention; access to health services; Latino immigrants and other disadvantaged populations; development and evaluation of community-based interventions.
Philip Massey, PhD, MPH (University of California, Los Angeles). Assistant Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Health communication, health literacy, mHealth, social media and health, adolescent health, global health, program evaluation, quantitative methods.
Leslie McClure, PhD, MPH (University of Michigan) Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Professor. Design, management and analysis of randomized clinical trials; issues of multiplicity in clinical trials; environmental risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke; geographic and racial disparities in cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Yvonne Michael, ScD (Harvard School of Public Health) Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs. Associate Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Epidemiology of aging, social epidemiology, women's health, community-based participatory research; health disparities.
Jana M. Mossey, PhD, MPH, MSN (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Epidemiological methods; research design and methods including observational and clinical trials research; psychosocial aspects of health; epidemiology of aging and pain, psychiatric epidemiology including major depression; sub-threshold and minor depression.
Craig J. Newschaffer, PhD (Johns Hopkins University) Director, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute; Associate Dean for Research. Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Environmental determinants of autism spectrum disorders; gene-environment interaction; neurological disorders.
Alex Ortega, PhD (University of Michigan) Chair, Department of Health Management and Policy; Director, Center for Population Health and Community Impact. Professor. Epidemiological methods in health services research; health needs of Latino children and families; health disparities intervention research; youth engagement in community interventions.
Genevieve Pham-Kanter, PhD (University of Chicago). Assistant Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Conflicts of interest in medicine; pharmaceutical and medical device policy; physician behavior; health economics; empirical ethics.
Jonathan Purtle, DRPH, MPH, MSC (Drexel University). Assistant Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Mental health policy and services research; policy dissemination and implementation research; traumatic stress in urban areas; trauma-informed system design; violence prevention; political institutions and health.
John A. Rich, MD, MPH (Duke University Medical School) Director, Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice. Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Health disparities; men's health; violence; urban health issues; primary care.
Lucy Robinson, PhD (Columbia University). Assistant Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Statistics, modeling and analysis of neuroimaging and CT image data, network modeling, spatio-temporal data, computational statistics, and funcational data analysis.
John Rossi, VMD, MBE (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Bioethics and public health ethics, including moral theory, research ethics, ethics of risk & health communication, pediatric ethics, animal ethics.
Alexis Roth, PhD, MPH (Indiana University). Assistant Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. HIV/AIDS; sexually transmitted infections; individual, dyadic, and structural determinants of health; technology and health; mixed methods research; community-engagement and participatory research.
Randall L. Sell, ScD (Harvard University). Associate Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Demographic variables, defining and measuring sexual orientations, sampling sexual minorities for public health research.
Paul Shattuck, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Director, Life Course Outcomes Research Program at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute. Associate Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Design and evaluation of services for people with disabilities; autism.
David Barton Smith, PhD (University of Michigan). Research Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Healthcare; health disparities; history of public health; managed care.
Suruchi Sood, PhD (University of New Mexico). Associate Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Human rights and health; nutrition; poverty; health disparities; innovation diffusion; HIV/AIDS; violence; community-based participatory research; application of statistics to behavioral, biological and medical sciences; adolescent health; maternal and child health; international health; program evaluation; women's health; mixed methods; qualitative methods.
Mark Stehr, PhD (University of California at Berkeley) Assistant Director School of Economics. Associate Professor. Health economics, health behaviors, public finance, public policy.
Thersa Sweet, PhD, MPH (University of Michigan). Assistant Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Molecular and infectious disease epidemiology, including virology, cancer biology, hospital infection control and prevention; epidemiologic studies involving HIV risk in sexual minorities.
Loni Philip Tabb, PhD (Harvard University). Assistant Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Methods for categorical, missing and hierarchical data, spatial epidemiology/statistics.
Jennifer A. Taylor, PhD, MPH (Johns Hopkins University). Associate Professor. Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Injury prevention, patient safety, healthcare quality, organizational culture, occupational safety, data policy and surveillance, first responders, healthcare workforce.
Renee M. Turchi, MD, MPH (Johns Hopkins University) Joint appointment in the Drexel University College of Medicine. Associate Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Medical Home; children and youth with special health care needs; care coordination; cultural competency and access to care; maternal and child health policy, teaching, community partners.
Nicole A. Vaughn, PhD (Uniformed Services University). Assistant Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Racial/ethnic disparities in health and health care; nutrition and chronic disease; community-based participatory research, community engagement dissemination and implementation research.
Augusta M. Villanueva, PhD (University of Texas at Austin). Associate Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Role of race, culture, and ethnicity on health status/outcomes; community-based participatory research; immigrant communities; academic service-learning.
Seth Welles, PhD, ScD (Harvard University). Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Impact of HIV phenotypic and genotypic antiretroviral drug resistance on HIV disease progression and transmission; psychosocial risk for HIV infection and STDs among sexual minority adults and adolescents; correction of misclassification of sexuality and its impact on HIV/STI risk; surveys of sexual minority adults at community festivals and at health-clinics to assess demographic and psychosocial determinants of sexual risk-taking and HIV/STD infections; LGBT health disparities including excess risk for HIV and STIs, CVD and cancer; early life physical and sexual trauma, violence, mental health conditions and substance abuse.
Michael Yudell, MPH, MPhil, PhD (Columbia University) Chair, Department of Community Health and Prevention. Associate Professor. Public health genomics; bioethics; history of public health; addiction.
Issa Zakeri, PhD (University of Illinois and Urbana-Champaign). Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Biostatistics, functional data analysis, longitudinal data analysis, multivariate analysis, statistical learning.
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