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Master of Science in Health Services Research and Policy

The Goals Of Health Services Research

Health ServicesHealth 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 ).

Health services research is the multidisciplinary field of scientific investigation that studies how social factors, financing systems, organizational structures and processes, health technologies, and personal behaviors affect access to health care, the quality and cost of health care, and ultimately our health and well-being. Its research domains are individuals, families, organizations, institutions, communities, and populations (Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy, 2000).

Course of Study

  • Three Semesters
  • Health Policy
  • Biostatistics
  • Decision Analysis
  • Economics
  • Systems Theory
  • Regression Analysis
  • Comparative Effectiveness
  • Epidemiology

Career Options

  • Private Consulting Firms
  • Government Agencies
  • Insurance Companies
  • Legislative Offices
  • University Research Programs
  • Managed Care Organizations
  • Health foundations
  • Health Advocacy Groups