Health Services Research and Policy
To produce cross-disciplinary researchers who translate basic social science theories into clinically and policy relevant explanations and applications for health care issues.
Health services research examines how people get access to health care, how much care costs, and what happens to patients as a result of this care.
The main goals of health services research are to identify the most effective ways to organize, manage, finance, and deliver high quality care; reduce medical errors; and improve patient safety” (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2002).
Our recent graduates have positions in academics, government, and industry. The faculty in the Health Services Reseach division have a wide variety of research interests, both substantively and methodologically. This diversity is reflected in the variety of topics our students have pursued in their dissertations.
Virtually all of our doctoral students receive an annual stipend of $26,000, some through a training grant from the Agency for Healthcare Reseach and Quality, have their tuition paid for 5 years, and receive health insurance.
Why You Should Consider Our Program
You should consider applying to the University of Rochester for your Ph.D. in Health Services Research and Policy because:
- We have a small program in which you will receive very individualized attention. You will not get lost among huge numbers of students!
- We have a very dedicated faculty that really cares about our students, their education, and their future success.
- We focus on developing rigorous science-based reasoning skills, training students to translate basic theory into intervention-relevant explanations of important health care phenomena.
- We provide training in state-of-the-art statistics and research methods. Students are not merely given a toolbox of procedures to which they must adapt their questions; instead they are trained to adapt tools to answer their questions.
- We are based in a Medical School with a highly collaborative environment that is particularly suited to research of health services at the point of care.
- Our students and faculty collaborate on publications, and students typically have presentations at national conferences and peer-reviewed publications before graduation.
- Our students typically find rewarding careers in academia, consulting, and government jobs.
- Rochester is a great community and we offer fellowships that let you live here very comfortably!
For more information and details on how to apply please visit the Office for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs.