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Health Services & Outcomes Research

The goal of the HSOR track is to develop research scientists for academia, government, and private-sector research and health care organizations who can create knowledge to improve the accessibility, quality, and cost-effectiveness of health services. Specifically, we prepare students to:

  • conduct methodologically sound research aimed at improving the healthcare system.
  • disseminate new knowledge through manuscripts, presentations, and other products that reach policy, provider, and research audiences.

The program emphasizes practical, hands-on experiences in which students leverage course-based and faculty-led projects to advance their own emerging research interests. The result is that graduates are equipped to pose and answer important questions about health services, drawing upon a diverse array of theoretical and methodological approaches



 Required Courses

  • HSIP 400 Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Doctoral Colloquium
  • PUB_HLTH 302 Introduction to Biostatistics
  • PUB_HLTH 421 Intermediate Biostatistics
  • HSIP 401 Introduction to Health Measurement Science
  • HSR 425 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in HSOR
  • HSR 433 Health Economics and Healthcare Financing
  • HSR 456 Applied Qualitative Methods & Analysis for Health Researchers
  • HSR 480: Ethical Issues in Health Service Research (0.5 unit)
  • HSR 482 Grant Writing (0.5 unit)
  • HSR 485 Intermediate Quantitative Methods in HSOR
  • PUB_HLTH 438 Survey Design & Methodology
  • PUB_HLTH 445 Writing and Peer Reviewing for Publication

 Recommended Electives

Choose three or more. Other electives may be taken with adviser approval.

  • MHI 403 Introduction to Medical Informatics
  • HSR 470 Federal Policy Making and Health Care Reform
  • PUB_HLTH 323 Health Equity