Program Description: Scholarly Concentration in Health Services and Policy Research

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.

Students will:

  • learn about the methodological tools of health services and outcomes research, including meta-analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, outcomes research, and quality of care measurement and evaluation;
  • become familiar with the major U.S. healthcare institutions, such as managed care, integrated delivery systems, and government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid;
  • survey the major issues in health policy, including the uninsured, rising medical costs, and the "quality chasm" between identified best practices and the implementation of these practices in clinical settings;
  • learn how to design research projects to address relevant questions in health policy; and participate in interdisciplinary collaboration.

Integration with Other Graduate Programs

The Scholarly Concentration in Health Services and Policy Research (HSPR) is built upon Stanford Health Policy’s (SHP) existing educational programs. SHP offers both a MS and PhD in Health Policy, which allow for expanded opportunities in research training in the field. The scholarly concentration also takes advantage of the infrastructure and course offerings that are part of the health policy graduate curriculum.

While earning their medical degree, students in the concentration may at the same time pursue a master's or doctoral degree Health Policy. For more information regarding these plans for study, contact the concentration co-directors Corinna Haberland, MD, MS and/or Laurence Baker, PhD.

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