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Rhodora B. Cruz
Ph.D. in Health Services Student
The Ph.D. in Health Services program examines healthcare delivery and healthcare systems in the U.S. and internationally. Students are trained by scholar-practitioners to identify problems and solutions based on social science theories and models as well as a knowledge of historical and contemporary issues in health services and management. The program of study places an emphasis on healthcare practice and applied research. The program prepares students for careers in which doctoral-level education is desired, such as academia, research, government, and private sector positions within healthcare organizations.
At the end of this program, students will be able to:
1. Accurately evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare policy in a dynamic healthcare environment.
2. Lead and inform the professional dialogue on key health services issues.
3. Design, conduct, and analyze studies of economic evaluation in healthcare.
4. Apply critical-thinking skills to the analysis of controversial issues and conflicting perspectives associated with healthcare ethics and law.
5. Identify and mobilize human and institutional resources and services to meet the health services needs of diverse communities and populations.
6. Engage in scientific inquiry that advances the knowledge base of research and practice in health services.
- 101–103 total quarter credits
- Foundation course (2 cr.)
- Core courses (30 cr.)
- Foundation Research Sequence (12 cr.)
- Advanced research course (4 cr.)
- Writing course (5 cr.)
- Specialization courses (20 cr.)
- Electives (8–10 cr.)
- Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (20 cr.)
- Minimum 10 quarters enrollment
- Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days