The program is designed as a full-time, residential program, and is typically completed in 3 to 6 years (average completion time is 4.9 years), including the dissertation phase. Students with outstanding qualifications may be admitted on a part-time basis, but such cases are not common. Students spend two years completing core and specialization course work. The third year and beyond are spent preparing for comprehensive examinations, developing and defending a dissertation proposal, and writing and defending the dissertation. Students must pass comprehensive examinations in three areas (health services, research methods, and their area of specialization) before submitting a dissertation proposal.

Six Major Components

Prerequisite

One graduate statistics course and one health care systems course. In addition, two other prerequisite health services courses may be required for those with no prior background or experience in health services (6-12 hours).

Core Requirements

Areas of study will include the following: health economics, health insurance and managed care, growth and development of the U.S. health care system, health care finance, health policy, administrative theory, and doctoral seminars (24 hours).

Research Methods

Areas of study will include philosophy of science, research methods, regression, multivariate statistics, and one additional research/statistics course (15 hours).

Track

Students will select a specialization in strategic management or, health services research, or health informatics and take seven additional courses (21 hours).

Comprehensive Examinations

Students must successfully complete a comprehensive examination in each of the areas of health services, research/quantitative methods, and the specialization area during or after the completion of coursework.

Dissertation

The final stage of the program is the preparation, submission, and defense of a doctoral dissertation representing a significant scholarly contribution to strategic management health services research, or health informatics. Coursework includes dissertation research (9 hours).

Sample Curricula

View samples of the curricula for the Health Services Research Track, Strategy Track, and Health Informatics Track.