Ph.D. In Health Services Research

The Ph.D. in Health Services Research is designed to prepare students to conduct high-quality research addressing important health services issues. The Ph.D. program receives research support from the Center for Healthcare Organizational Transformation, the Program on Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care, and from the Southwest Rural Health Research Center. The doctoral program prepares students for research or teaching concerning issues related to access, cost, or quality of health care.  It provides intensive education in research methods and opportunities for advanced training in health policy, organization theory, and health economics along with applied knowledge in specific substantive areas of health policy or management.

Applicants to the Ph.D. program generally will have completed a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, or a terminal professional degree (JD, MD), prior to matriculation into the Ph.D. program.   Well-qualified individuals who have not completed a Master’s degree may be admitted to the Ph.D. program, but such students would have to complete 30 additional hours of graduate coursework to satisfy the total semester hours requirement for the Ph.D. degree.  

An applicant will be requested to participate in a personal interview.  Those applicants without a degree in public health may be required to take some of the public health core courses to familiarize themselves with the field of public health.

Health Competencies

Each student in the Ph.D. program will, in the core courses, receive exposure to a broad range of analytic and conceptual tools with which to investigate issues in health services. However, in order to provide the students with an opportunity to develop a higher level of skill in using a single conceptual approach to the evaluation of health services, they will take nine credit hours in one of three cognate areas: 1)health politics and policy, 2) health economics, or 3) organizational theory. In addition, each student will, with the assistance of his or her advisor, choose an area of substantive specialization for nine credit hours of work. This combination of a general core, a cognate conceptual area, and an area of substantive specialization will provide graduates with both the depth and breadth of knowledge in health services research that should make them very competitive in both the academic and research community job markets.  For more information please review the Ph.D. Student Handbook.

Robert Ohsfeldt, PhD

Michael Morrisey, PhD


Ph.D. Program Chair


Ph.D. Program Vice Chair