Coursework Requirements: Scholarly Concentration in Health Services and Policy Research

Objectives and Goals

Health Services and Policy Research is one of the seven Scholarly Concentration Foundations. Required course work is designed to explore the ways that health care systems, governments, doctors, and patients interact to deliver health care. From regulatory policy and market forces to financial incentives and the costs and benefits of new technologies, students study ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health care systems at delivering high quality care in the U.S. and abroad.

For an overview of concentration requirements and coursework, please visit the School of Medicine's webpage for Health Services and Policy Research.

Requirements

Students pursuing the HSPR Foundation Area along with an Application area are required to complete at least 6 units in HSPR. This requirement can be met by taking:

  • HRP 207 Introduction to Concepts & Methods in Health Services & Policy Research - I (2 units)
  • HRP 208 Introduction to Concepts & Methods in Health Services & Policy Research - II (2 units)
  • Two quarters of HRP 283 HSR Core Seminar (1 unit per quarter)

Students pursuing the HSPR Foundation area without an Application area are required to complete at least 12 units in HSPR. The requirements in this situation are as follows:

  • HRP 207 Introduction to Concepts & Methods in Health Services & Policy Research - I (2 units)
  • HRP 208 Introduction to Concepts & Methods in Health Services & Policy Research - II (2 units)
  • Two quarters of HRP 283 HSR Core Seminar (1 unit per quarter)
  • Two courses (covering the structure and functioning of health care systems, or important concepts or methodologies used in health services and policy research) - some suggested classes:

HRP 223:  Data Management and Statistical Programming (2-3 units)
HRP 252:  Outcomes Analysis (3 units)
HRP 256:  Economics of Health and Medical Care (5 units)
HRP 258:  Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Clinical Research (3 units)
HRP 259:  Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Epidemiology (4-5 units)
HRP 261:  Intermediate biostatistics: Analysis of Discrete Data (3 units)
HRP 262:  Intermediate biostatistics: Regression, prediction, and survival analysis (3 units)
HRP 351:  Innovation and Management in Health Care (4 units)
HRP 391:  Political Economy of Health Care (4 units)
HRP 392:  Analysis of Costs, Risks, and Benefits in Health Care (4 units)
MED 230:  Rethinking International Health (2-3 units)
MED 262:  Economics of Health Improvement in Developing Countries (5 units)
MS&E 252:  Decision Analysis I (3-4 units)
PUBLPOL 204A:  Politics and Collective Action (4 units)
PUBLPOL 204B:  Organizations (4 units)
PUBLPOL 205A:  Judgment and Decision Making (4 units)
PUBLPOL 205B:  Public Policy and Social Psychology: Implications and Applications (4 units)

Some of the above courses have specific pre-requirements.  Students are encouraged to talk with the concentration co-directors and staff for guidance on appropriate coursework, as well as to discuss exceptions or substitutions (e.g. if previous coursework and / or experience allow for enrolling in alternate courses).


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