Health Services Research and Policy

Major: Health Services Research and Policy
Degree Awarded: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 69.0
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.

Competencies

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

  • Weigh 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
  • Apply quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods to answer health services research questions
  • Design and evaluate health services interventions using community engagement strategies
  • Translate and disseminate research findings to inform health services practice and policy
  • Ensure the ethical and responsible conduct of health services and policy research

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

  • 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
Professional Development
HMP 816Professional Development Roundtable3.0
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 Credits69.0

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
HMP 816Professional Development Roundtable1.5
 Term Credits10.5
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
HMP 816Professional Development Roundtable1.5
 Term Credits10.5
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: 69.0-96.0
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