The MS-HSRPA teaches you the knowledge and skills to be a health analyst and researcher who develops the evidence that is used in research, clinical, business, research, and policy environments. You’ll examine the causes and correlations of health outcomes, as well as quality and costs in organizational and policy contexts, such as public reporting and payment policies.

The MS-HSRPA has a robust, multidisciplinary core curriculum that provides the foundation for conducting health services research and health analytics.

Health Services Research, Policy & Administration Curriculum Information (PDF)

Curriculum Information

  • Core credits: 19-20
  • Elective credits: 14-15
  • Minimum total credits: 34

Core Courses

  • PubH 6450 Biostatistics I (4cr)
  • PubH 6451 Biostatistics II (4cr)
  • PubH 6341 Epidemiological Methods I (3 cr) Fall  or PubH 6320 Fundamentals of Epidemiology(3 cr)  Fall/Spring
  • PubH 6806 Principles of Public Health Research (2cr) Fall or Spring, OR PubH 6864 Outcomes Research* (3cr)
  • PubH 6724 The Health Care System and Public Health (3cr)  Fall or Spring
  • PubH 6742 Ethics in Public Health: Research and Policy (1 credit) OR PubH 6741 Ethics in Professional Practice (1cr)
  • Thesis/Project (2 cr)**

* PubH 6864 Outcomes Research may not be available every year because it is only offered when there is sufficient interest/registration

** Students completing the thesis during the summer term are required to take a 1 credit thesis seminar.


Elective credits can be applied to any of the following specialty areas. Students choose specialization areas in consultation with their adviser. Students may also design and propose their own specialization area in consultation with their adviser.

The remaining elective credits can be used for any graduate-level courses that are appropriate to the degree.

Specialization Areas & Courses

Cost Effectiveness (7cr)


  • PubH 6717 Decision Analysis for Health Care (2cr)


  • PubH 6862 Cost Effectiveness Analysis (3cr)
  • PubH 6809 Advanced Methods in Health Decision Science (2cr)

Health Care Quality Improvement/Operations Research (7cr)


  • PubH 6560, Operations Research and Quality in Healthcare (2cr)
  • PubH 6765, Continuous Quality Improvement (3cr) OR completely on-line in spring.


  • PubH 6727 Health Leadership and Effecting Change (2 cr)

Health Services Research and Evaluation (Minimum 6 cr)


  • PubH 6717 Decision Analysis for Health Care (2cr)


  • PubH 6863 Understanding Health Care Quality (2cr)
  • PubH 6803 Conducting a Systematic Literature Review, (3cr)
  • PubH 6810 Survey Research Methods, (3cr)
  • PubH 6845 Using Demographic Data for Policy Analysis, (3cr)
  • PUBH 6852 Program Evaluation in Health and Mental Health Settings, (3cr)Completely online

Health Policy (Minimum 6cr)


  • PubH 6078 Public Health Policy as a Prevention Strategy (2cr)
  • PubH 6835 Principles of Health Policy (2cr) (Fall OR Spring) ORPubH 8802 Health Services Policy Analysis: Applications (2cr) every other Spring
  • PubH 6832 Economics of the Health Care System (3cr) OR PubH 6555 Topics in Health Economics (2cr)


  • PubH 6711 Public Health Law (2cr)
  • PubH 6702 Integrative Leadership Seminar (3cr) If this class shows as full, check concurrent sessions: MGMT 6402-060, PA 5105-001, OLPD 6402-001 & LAW 6623-001)

For more policy course options, see the Public Health Policy Interdisciplinary Concentration.

Health Economics (Minimum 6cr)


  • PubH 6832 Economics of the Health Care System (3cr) OR PubH 6555 Topics in Health Economics  (2cr)


  • PubH 6862 Cost Effectiveness Analysis (3cr)

Social Determinants of Health (Minimum 6cr)


  • PubH 6055 Social Inequalities in Health (2cr)
  • PubH 6066 Building Communities, Increasing Health: Preparing for Community Health Work (2cr)
  • PubH 6281 Immigrant Health Issues (3cr)
  • PubH 6675 Women’s Health (2cr, odd years)


  • CSpH 5115 Cultural Knowledge, Health, and Contemporary Cultural Communities (3cr)
  • PubH 6855 Medical Sociology (3cr)
  • PubH 6634 Advocacy and Children’s Rights (2cr)
  • PubH 6804 Community Mental Health (2cr)

For more sociology themed courses, see the Health Disparities Interdisciplinary Concentration.

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