Class discussion in pharmaceutical socioeconomics course

The Health Services Research (HSR) PhD degree program is offered through the Division of Health Services Research (HSR).

For information about a Master's degree objective, please contact the Graduate Program Office at or (319) 335-8797.

PhD students in Health Services Research (HSR):

  • 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 a degree in HSR?

The HSR 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.

The PhD Program in HSR:

  • 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.

  • HSR graduates become professors and research scientists, and also have careers in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries as researchers and consultants.

Please click here for information on how to apply.