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Program Highlights

  • Our Ph.D. can be combined with other degrees such as the M.P.H. or M.D.
  • Stipends, tuition grants, training and travel expenses are provided for doctoral study
  • Join a diverse student body with education and experience in many health related fields
  • Gain access to the departments data laboratory to support post-graduate research projects
  • Open selection of courses from three different schools allows for a unique range of options. (School of Medicine and Dentistry, Simon School of Business Administration, and the College of Arts and Sciences).


  • Our PhD program is designed to produce researchers who generate knowledge and strategies used in solving healthcare problems
  • The Program provides an extensive knowledge-base in substantive areas related to the institutions, structures and functioning of the U.S. healthcare system
  • Prepares students for a career in academia, government or the private sector
  • Coursework includes statistics, economics, epidemiology, public policy, and research methods
  • Both formal didactic and experience-based interactive phases of study: coursework and dissertation


  • Trains students to teach and conduct independent research into the organization and delivery of health care
  • Interdisciplinary courses, research and teaching, provide candidates with a broad range of skills
  • Active teaching assistant program provides additional skills training in teaching

Research method skills learned in the PhD Program

  • Study design
  • Statistics
  • Decision analysis
  • Risk adjustment
  • Cost effectiveness analysis

Theory skills learned in the PhD Program

  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Systems theories


The dissertation process focuses on producing rigorous scientific thinkers who can integrate these skills and knowledge to identify and address vital research questions, and who can create, test, and use theory-based, policy and clinically relevant, explanations of important healthcare phenomena.