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Welcome from the Director

Yue Li, Ph.D.

Since 1994, the PhD program in Health Services Research and Policy in the Department of Public Health Sciences has been highly successful in preparing students to become scholars for research, teaching, and public service careers in university, public policy, and governmental settings. Our PhD program has also been designated as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program since 2010. Set within a large medical center with all its clinical research resources and collaborative faculty, our program focuses on interdisciplinary application of the social and behavioral science disciplines to real world health issues such as the organization, financing, and delivery of health care; the quality and safety of care; health outcomes; and the management of population health.

Students in our program are offered a unique education at the forefront of health policy; health outcomes assessment; statistical, epidemiological, and quasi-experimental methodologies; analytics of large data sets; and economic evaluation. They enjoy an intimate learning environment in which they can easily interact with program faculty as well as develop strong collaborative ties to hospitals, clinical departments, and the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center. During the course of study in the program, our students regularly present posters and podium presentations at major conferences, and publish in high impact journals their research on quality, access, cost, and outcomes of health care services to inform policy and practice. Our alumni have gone on to jobs including faculty positions at Duke, Yale, Brown, and other universities in the US; positions at RAND, other think tanks, and consulting firms; and government positions such as in state health departments and in the Department of Health and Human Services. I welcome you to contact me for more information about our doctoral program in Health Services Research and Policy, and to discuss how we can help you reach your educational and career goals.

Yue Li, PhD