This is a collaborative, predoctoral interdisciplinary training program that will give students rigorous grounding in an academic discipline—health economics, policy analysis, or organizational theory. Students will acquire extensive training and research experience in the field of addiction. This training and experience will give students the skills necessary to generate rigorous evidence on how best to address social issues related to addictions in the U.S. and beyond by evaluating and improving private and public policy. The program builds on the considerable strengths of current teaching, clinical, and research enterprises at Yale University, linking state-of-the-art methods with some of the nation’s leading clinical and research experts in addiction. The primary focus of the program will be on illicit drugs, tobacco and HIV/AIDS as a critical comorbidity occurring with HIV/AIDS.
Students will enroll in a well-established PhD program in the Health Policy & Management (HPM) department at the Yale School of Public Health. Students will be trained through formal classes, seminars, and mentored research. Each student will be required to obtain expertise in a disciplinary area: health economics, policy analysis or organizational theory, as well as econometrics and biostatistics. Ethical conduct is taught and required for the trainees. Students will also learn about addiction in the Division of Substance Abuse (DSA) in the department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, as well as through an integrative course taught by Dr. Sindelar. Students will attend existing comprehensive addiction research seminars in DSA and participate in an expanded version of a current course on addiction policy offered by Dr. Sindelar. Two seminars in health services research in HPA will also be required. This curriculum will uniquely prepare students for a career in addiction health services research.
Faculty mentors on this proposal have outstanding productivity in research, external funding, teaching, mentoring and training predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows. Many have long-term, productive collaborations with each other through research centers. Thirty mentors have been selected primarily from HPA and DSA. Trainees will be required and have ample opportunities to apply their interdisciplinary training to ongoing research in substance abuse treatment, addiction health services research and policies applied to addiction. The in-depth training, excellent mentoring and a rich, interdisciplinary research environment is expected to produce the next generation of experts in addiction health economics, health services research, and policy analysis.
Who is Eligible?
Predoctoral students who meet all of the general requirements of the Yale Graduate School are eligible to apply. Qualifications are evaluated by members of the Doctoral Committee and specific faculty within the appropriate division of the Department on the basis of their Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, undergraduate record, letters of recommendation, statement of career goals, and often a personal interview.
We look for candidates who have some training in health, economics, or political science, and who are strong quantitatively, with at least one year of college-level mathematics. We will ask applicants to describe how their previous experience, research interests and career goals are related to addiction policy and will select on this as well. Health Policy faculty on the Executive Committee, in consultation with the rest of the Executive Committee, will evaluate the credentials of applicants to the training program.