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The doctoral program in Health Policy and Management (HPM) is designed to develop scholars that are able to apply theoretical frameworks from the social sciences (such as economics, political science, organizational theory and management, sociology) to address pressing health policy and management research questions. The program is purposefully interdisciplinary and seeks to prepare students for research careers in academics as well as in public and private sector agencies and organizations. Students complete courses in a broad set of health policy and management areas, biostatistics and econometrics, and a selected area of depth (i.e., economic theory and application, political and policy analysis, and organizational theory and management). Students in the department of HPM take qualifying examinations in 1) health policy and management, 2) biostatistics, and 3) their chosen area of depth. In addition, students work directly with a specific faculty member on an individualized readings course on which they will also take a qualifying examination. The program typically requires 4-5 years to complete, including 2 years of coursework followed by 2-3 years to complete and defend the doctoral dissertation. Individuals applying to this program usually have a master’s degree and/or relevant research experience, however the minimum requirement is a bachelor’s degree.

Competencies

Upon receiving a PhD degree, students in HPM will be able to:
  • Develop and test hypotheses and conceptual frameworks related to health policy, health economics, and management issues
  • Evaluate research literature and evidence from a diversity of disciplinary perspectives
  • Frame novel research questions related to health policy, health economics, and management
  • Design and conduct advanced, original research in health policy, health economics, and management .
  • Apply advanced research methods to design, conduct, and interpret independent research projects.
  • Present research findings orally and in writing to colleagues and professionals on national and international levels.
  • Teach master’s level courses in health policy and management.
  • Employ principles of research ethics to specific research projects.
  • Generate data to create publishable manuscripts that represent important contributions to the literature in health policy, health economics, and management.

Degree Requirements

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The Ph.D. degree with a concentration in Health Policy & Management generally requires 18 courses; 16 of these 18 courses must be completed prior to qualifying exams (typically given after 4 semesters of study). Students with a master’s degree in a related field and with the approval of their academic advisor may waive up to 2 courses, so that a total of 16 course units are required. All distributional requirements must be met prior to taking qualifying exams. Neither HPM 617a, b (the HPM colloquium) nor EPH 600b (research ethics) count toward the total course number. Due to the nature of the HPM PhD curriculum no students will be granted advanced standing. Students should meet with their academic advisor each semester to select the courses that fit with their research interests and needs. All “a” courses are offered in the fall term, “b” courses are offered in the spring term.

Requirements
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DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Course Units

Statistics and Methods (minimum 4 courses)

Suggested course options:

1

BIS 623a, Applied Regression Analysis            

1

BIS 625a, Categorical Data Analysis               

1

BIS 628b, Longitudinal and Multilevel Data Analysis              

1

PLSC 500a, Statistics                          

1

PLSC 503b, Quantitative Methods                  

1

PLSC 504a, Advanced Qualitative Methods    

1

PLSC 508b, Causal Inference and Research Design

1

ECON 558a, Econometrics and Statistics        

1

SOCY 578a, Logic of Empirical Social Research         

1

SOCY 580a, Statistics I                                               

1

SOCY581b, Statistics II                                               

1

SOCY 582a, Statistics III                                

1

HPM 583b, Methods in Health Services Research

1

CDE 580a, Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health

1

Health Policy and Management (minimum 4 courses)

Suggested courses options (all with PhD readings):

HPM 510a, Introduction to Health Policy and Health Systems

1

HPM 514b, Health Politics, Governance and Policy                           

1

HPM 560b, Health Economics & US Health Policy                            

1

HPM 587a, Advanced Health Economics                                            

1

HPM 570a, Cost-effectiveness Analysis                                                          

1

HPM 597b, Capstone in Health Policy                                                           

1

HPM 561b, Managing Health Care Organizations                               

1

HPM 590b, Addiction, Economics, and Public Policy

1

MGT 879b, Health Care Operations

1

Colloquium in Health Policy and Management

(required all years for HPM doctoral students)

HPM 617a and b, Colloquium in Health Policy and Management        

1

Individualized Readings:

(required for all second-year students  in the spring semester)

HPM610b, Applied Area Readings  for Qualifying Exams (final paper graded by two faculty)

1

EPH 600b, Research Ethics and Responsibilities          

0

EPH 650 a and b, Public Health Forum

0

Areas of depth: Students must pick one of the three areas of depth listed below. Students must take 4 classes in their selected area of depth.  Students in the economic theory and application area of depth may count Econ 558a as either a statistics/methods class or as an area of depth class, but not both. Students supported by NIDA must be sure 1-2 courses or seminars covering topics of substance abuse, behavioral economics, or psychiatric/mental health issues; these may also count toward other PhD requirements.

Required Courses in Economic Theory and Application

ECON 545a, Microeconomics IDE                                                  

1

ECON 558b, Econometrics-IDE                                                       

1

Field courses in the area the student plans to develop expertise           

1

Field course in the area the student plans to develop expertise            

1

Below is a list of concentration areas. Sets of courses across topics can be selected to meet research interests

Behavioral Economics

MGMT758b, Foundations of Behavioral Economics                           

1

ECON 529b, Behavioral and Neuro-economics                                               

1

ECON 740b, Experimental Economics Seminar                                              

1

Labor Economics

ECON 630a, Labor Economics                                                                       

1

ECON 631b, Labor Economics                                                                       

1

ECON 776b, The Economics of Population                                        

1

Public Finance

ECON 680a, Public Finance I                                                              

1

ECON 681b, Public Finance II                                                                        

1

Economic Development

ECON 730a, Economic Development I                                                          

1

ECON 731b, Economic Development II                                             

1

ECON 776b, The Economics of Population                            

1

ECON 797b, Institutions, Politics, and Economic Policy (in Developing Countries)

1

Required Courses in Political Analysis and Policy (suggested courses listed below; must choose 4 in consultation with advisor)

PLSC 800a, Introduction to American Politics                                   

1

PLSC 801a, Political Preferences and American Political Behavior    

1

PLSC 802b, Collective Action and Choice                                          

1

SOCY 557b, Political Sociology                                                                      

1

PSYC 647b/LAW 21496, Social Science and Institutional Design        

1

AMST 685b, Disability: Representation, History and Ethics               

1

ANTH 583b, Health Disparities and Health Equity: Biocultural Perspectives

1

Required Courses in Organizational Theory and Management

MGMT 730a, Management and Organization I: Inside Organizations

1

MGMT 731b, Management and Organization II: Organizations and the Environment.

1

Course in field, selected in consultation with advisor                           

1

Course in field, selected in consultation with advisor                           

1

Students supported by training grants may be subject to additional requirements and should discuss with the Principal Investigator of that grant to find out whether there are grant-specific requirements.

Qualifying exams

Students will take three exams. Each qualifying exam will be graded by two faculty members.

  1. HPM exam will be written by HPM faculty and will draw on HPM courses. Students should use selection of HPM courses taken to address the exam questions using their own preparation, which may differ based what courses each has taken.
  2. Methods exam will be written to reflect the sequence of methods classes taken by the student (e.g., BIS, PLSC, SOC). The BIS exam is written by the BIS faculty. The PLSC exam is written by PLSC faculty. The SOC exam is written together by SOC and HPM faculty.
  3. Area of depth exam will be written by HPM faculty with expertise in that area and should reflect the four courses taken in that area of depth

Course levels

Faculty advisors and students will seek to select courses at a higher-level graduate (ideally doctoral level) for all courses. In cases where the course approved is a masters’ level course, faculty will work with instructors to ensure our students are receiving extra doctoral level work in the class. This may include different assignments, research papers, additional readings, or other methods to ensure the course provides doctoral level education. The responsibility for ensuring this occurs is with the student and his/her primary advisor, although the advisor will only facilitate this occurs, not take on the responsibility for teaching material

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Research

Research in HPM applies the conceptual frameworks and research methods from economics, health policy, and organizational theory and management. Examples of ongoing faculty research include the following Current Divisional Research Projects

  • Examining School Policy Effects and Consequences of Childhood Obesity
  • Understanding Social Network Effects on Health Behaviors
  • The Long-Run and Intergenerational Effects on Early Life Experiences: Evidence from Developing Countries
  • Economic and Policy Analysis of Adolescent Mental Health Behaviors
  • Organizational learning and quality improvement
  • Health systems strengthening in low-income settings
  • Impact of work life and habits of health
  • Economic and policy analysis of substance abuse (drugs, alcohol, and smoking) including treatment effectiveness, cost effectiveness and outcomes.
  • Examining the impact of health care spending on the economic well being of households
  • End-of-life care such as use and impact of hospice care
  • Impact of health insurance design on cost, quality and access to health services
  • Variation in quality of hospital care and mortality rates

Funding Opportunities and Training Grants

Many faculty have grants that can provide training-related expenses and stipends. The HPM faculty have two training grants that can support pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students and trainees.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Training Program in Health Services Research

National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA) Training Program in Addiction, Economics and Policy