The concentration in Health Services and Policy Research is centered on the philosophy that understanding healthcare systems, along with the social and economic environment in which they function, is essential to formulating effective health policy and improving clinical practice. As such, the concentration draws from several diverse fields, including health services research, biostatistics, decision sciences, economics, demography, epidemiology, sociology and political science.
The Scholarly Concentration in Health Services and Policy Research is built upon two successful existing programs: the Department of Health Research and Policy's master's of science degree program, and CHP/PCOR's fellowship programs.
HRP is refining its graduate degree program, allowing for expanded opportunities for graduate training in health services and policy research, clinical investigation and epidemiology. The newly designed graduate curriculum will enhance opportunities for designing educational programs that cross boundaries between health services and policy research, clinical investigation and epidemiology. The scholarly concentration will take advantage of the infrastructure and course offerings that are developed as part of a redesigned graduate curriculum.
While earning their medical degree, students in the concentration may at the same time pursue a master's or doctoral degree in epidemiology, or a master's degree in Health Services Research. For more information regarding these plans for study, contact the concentration co-directors Laurence Baker, PhD, or Kathryn M. McDonald, PhD, MM.