The Health Sciences Integrated Program (HSIP) offers doctoral student training across multiple disciplines within the Health Sciences. PhD students have the opportunity to focus on:
- Health and Biomedical Informatics
Informatics is the study of information: how you collect it, how you organize it, and how you use it to solve problems. Health and Biomedical Informatics is informatics applied to healthcare and biomedical research. This track contains many different sub-fields within the broader field of health and biomedical informatics. These sub-fields use similar techniques and tools but apply them to different problem areas.
- Health Services and Outcomes Research
This track covers a multidisciplinary field of scientific investigation that studies how social factors, financing systems, organizational structures and processes, health technologies, and personal behaviors affect access to health care, the quality and cost of health care, and ultimately our health and well-being. Its research domains are individuals, families, organizations, institutions, communities, and populations.
- Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety
This track focuses on the knowledge, skills, and methods required for improving healthcare delivery systems in regard to quality and safety. The topics covered include: healthcare quality context and measurement, changing systems of care delivery, healthcare disparities, accountability and public policy, safety interventions and practices, health information technology, simulation and the science of teamwork, human factors, risk assessment methods, and leadership and governance.
- Social Sciences and Health
The educational mission this track is to prepare its graduates for scholarly and research careers in patient-centered outcomes - both their mechanisms and intervention applications - via training at the scientific interface of biomedical and social sciences. Particular emphasis is placed on measurement of quality of life, behavioral and functional outcomes, applications that improve quality of life, health and health care at the individual and systems levels, as well as the developmental mechanisms that shape these outcomes across the lifespan. The overarching goal of this track is to train scientists who are experts in a particular area of patient-centered outcomes research (e.g. outcomes science, developmental mechanisms, behavior and health), while also developing proficiency in multiple areas of relevance to leading an innovative team.