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Health Services Research and Policy

Student & Faculty Perspectives

Message from the Director

Yue Li, Ph.D.

Our PhD program in Health Services Research and Policy started in 1994.  Since then, through coursework and research practice, we have focused on developing rigorous science-based reasoning skills, training students to identify significant healthcare problems and to create corresponding theory-based explanations and consequent policy interventions.   Through the course of study in the program, our students publish their research on access, quality, and cost-effectiveness of health care services to inform policy and practice.  They regularly present posters and podium presentations at major conferences.  Our alumni have gone on to jobs such as faculty positions at Duke, Yale, Brown, other universities around the US, RAND, other think tanks and consulting firms, and government positions such as in the Department of Health and Human Services. 

Because we keep the program at a moderate size, students enjoy an intimate learning environment in which they can easily interact with the faculty.  Moreover, because we are situated in a Department of the Medical School, and have strong collaborative ties to hospital and clinical departments, the program accrues a distinct educational advantage for those seeking a career focused on health services research at the provider organization level and the point of care.

If you are interested in this program or exploring its potential for meeting your needs, please feel free to contact me. I will be more than happy to discuss the program with you.

Yue Li, Ph.D.

Director, Health Services Research and Policy Doctoral Program
Department of Public Health Sciences
University of Rochester Medical Center

Contact Information


Office phone: (585) 273-5464

Administrative assistant: (585) 275-8784