A PhD in Health Services Research
Melds ideas across several distinct scientific paradigms (sociology, economics, psychology, business, anthropology) to better understand the factors leading to decisions in healthcare and the consequences of these decisions.
Is a small nurturing graduate program, in which faculty members work together across scientific disciplines to help individual students develop their ideas and pursue their goals to achieve their optimal potential.
Offers graduates a broad knowledge of health and pharmaceutical care, informed by theories from economics and social-psychology. Teaches intellectual and practical skills to investigate research questions dealing with current issues in these areas. Research in health services benefits practitioners and policy makers in improving decisions related to healthcare systems, processes, and treatments.
Graduates become professors and research scientists, and also have careers in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries as researchers and consultants.
For information about a Master's degree objective, please contact the Graduate Program Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (319) 335-8797.
Graduate Students in Health Services Research
- Are supported through a research or teaching assistantship which provides tuition, fees, and a monthly living allowance. This is not aid for which you apply, but is offered if accepted into the program.Participate in a curriculum that uses an interdisciplinary approach to study behavior and choice in health care with an economics and social-psychological theoretical basis.
- Undertake research that will provide new knowledge essential to the understanding and provision of health and pharmaceutical care.
Why Health Services Research?
The Health Services Research program provides an innovative approach to studying the challenges facing the healthcare system and provides evidence to support policy-based solutions. Many of the challenges faced in healthcare result from the choices and behaviors of individual patients and providers. The factors affecting individual decisions are rarely known and the outcomes from these decisions are unclear.