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2018-2019 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
  May 19, 2024
2018-2019 Graduate Studies Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Health Services Policy and Management, Ph.D.

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The Ph.D. program prepares students to conduct health services research and to teach in a university setting. The program is individualized for each student, taking into account the individual’s interests, academic training, and professional experience. The emphasis is on research methods, statistics, and advanced concepts in health policy and management. Students must complete a doctoral dissertation and demonstrate the ability to conduct original research.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand health care policy development and implementation and its relationship to management of health care organizations. 
  • Demonstrate skills in the application of statistical techniques to health services research data through creation and defense of the doctoral dissertation. 
  • Demonstrate professional written communication and oral presentation skills through the doctoral dissertation proposal, submission of the dissertation, and the dissertation defense. 

Degree Requirements (60 Post Baccalaureate Hours)

Doctoral Seminar, 4 Hours

Health Services Policy and Management Concentration area, 12 Hours

Approved Electives, 9 Hours

Dissertation, 12 Hours


A written qualifying examination is taken after the completion of course work and before starting the dissertation proposal. An oral and/or written comprehensive examination is taken at the time of the defense of the dissertation proposal.

Each student must prepare and defend a dissertation that contributes significantly to knowledge regarding the organization, financing, or delivery of health services.

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