Health Services Research Program Information
The Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy offers a doctoral degree in Health Services Research. Health services research is a multidisciplinary field of inquiry, both basic and applied, that examines the use, costs, quality, accessibility, delivery, organization, financing, and outcomes of healthcare services. The objective is to increase knowledge and understanding of the structure and processes of the healthcare system, and to assess subsequent effects on individuals and populations. Health services research draws on a variety of disciplines, and integrates their conceptual frameworks and methods to provide new ways of studying and understanding the health care system.
The Ph.D. Program in Health Services Research prepares individuals to conduct inquiry that will inform government officials, corporate leaders, clinicians, health plan managers, and others making decisions about complex health-related problems and issues. Students in the Ph.D. Program in Health Services Research learn to apply research methods and scientific knowledge to the study of health services organizations and systems.
Graduates of the Ph.D. Program in Health Services Research will find career opportunities in academic, private sector, and public service settings. For example, some graduates will combine research interests with a teaching career and accept academic appointments in a wide range of health-related departments in the nation’s colleges and universities. Other graduates will pursue health services research in the context of healthcare delivery and choose employment opportunities with hospitals and health systems, managed care companies, the pharmaceutical industry and consulting firms. Finally, graduates may pursue careers in government or other public service entities (such as private foundations), whose programs are increasingly dependent upon the findings and methodologies of health services research.
For more details about our program, please see our website: http://hsrmp.phhp.ufl.edu/academic-programs/ph-d-in-health-services-research.