About the PhD in Health Services Research

The PhD program in Health Services Research at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health prepares professionals for a career in conducting data-driven health services research. This unique program strongly emphasizes applied health services research skills, including study design, data management, statistics and other quantitative methods. Students may choose from one of two disciplinary concentrations: health economics or health outcomes. 

Graduates will be prepared to address the practical challenges of conducting health services research in the multidisciplinary research environments of academia, government, consulting and industry. The mentored research program will prepare independent researchers skilled at designing and conducting health services research, leveraging a variety of study designs, primary data collection approaches, and primary and secondary databases to inform healthcare delivery and health policy.

 

Contact Information:

Program Director
Min-Woong Sohn, PhD
min-woong.sohn@uky.edu

PhD in Health Services Research Application Requirements

  • SOPHAS application (Feb 1 for international students; April 1 for US)
  • Master’s degree in a related field
  • Prerequisite courses or their equivalent (Foundations of Public Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics)
  • Personal Statement
  • Official GRE, GMAT or MCAT scores
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS score for international students
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions
  • International transcripts (International Students ONLY - must be evaluated by WES)
  • Three recommendations (contact information only) - at least one from a faculty member who taught or supervised applicant; 
  • CV/Resume

Students who are admitted to the PhD program will be required to complete a secondary UK Graduate School application at least one month before the start of classes to accept admission to the program.

PhD in Health Services Research Student Learning Objectives

  • Understand critical health services research issues, including access, quality, and efficiency.
  • Apply theoretical knowledge and conceptual models in support of health services research.
  • Describe key issues and methods in a concentrated substantive area, such as health economics or health outcomes

PhD in Health Services Research Curriculum

Semester 1 (Fall Year 1):  12 credit hours

HSR 700 Health Services Research and Theory (3 credit hours)
CPH 712 Advanced Epidemiology (3 credit hours)
Concentration Course (3 credit hours)
Intermediate Statistics Course (3 credit hours)
HSR 701 Health Services Research Journal Club (0 credit hours)

Semester 2 (Spring Year 1):  12 credit hours

CPH 635-201 Databases and SAS Programming (3 credit hours)
EPI 714 Epidemiologic Study Design (3 credit hours)
Concentration Course (3 credit hours)
Concentration Course (3 credit hours)
HSR 701 Health Services Research Journal Club (0 credit hours)

 

Semester 3 (Summer Year 1): 3 credit hours

HSR 720 Directed Research (3 credit hours)

Semester 5 (Fall Year 2):  12 credit hours

HSR 705 Health Services Research Methods (3 credit hours)
Methods Course (3 credit hours)
Concentration Course (3 credit hours)
HSR 720 Directed Research (3 credit hours)
HSR 701 Health Services Research Journal Club (0 credit hours)

Semester 5 (Spring Year 2):  11 credit hours

Advanced Statistical Analysis Course (3 credit hours)
Elective Course
HSR 720 Directed Research (3 credit hours)
HSR 725 Developing Proposals for Health Services Research (2 credit hours)
HSR 701 Health Services Research Journal Club (0 credit hours)

 

Semester 6 (Summer Year 2)

Doctoral Candidate Examination
Dissertation Proposal Defense

 

Semesters 7 (Fall Year 3): 2 credit hours

CPH 767 Dissertation Residency Credit (2 credit hours)

 

Semester 8 (Spring Year 3):  2 credit hours

CPH 767 Dissertation Residency Credit (2 credit hours)
Dissertation Defense

UK Graduate School Bulletin