Health Services Research, Policy & Administration

Research social, political, and economic factors that affect health care systems.

With a PhD from our program, you will engaged in a multidisciplinary examination of the social, political and economic forces that affect the organization, financing, and delivery of health care.

This training will enable you to choose a career where you will apply research skills to  influence policy and have an impact on health care systems. Our graduates find meaningful and challenging positions at universities, government agencies, think tanks, health insurance providers, managed care organizations, and consulting firms.

Why Minnesota?

  • Location: The School of Public Health is located within the Academic Health Center and a research university, allowing for collaboration and a multidisciplinary approach to learning.
  • Focus: Seven areas of emphasis allow you to tailor your education to your interests.
  • Options: Our program offers a joint degree in Law, Health and the Life Sciences (JD/PhD) with the Law School and an MD/PhD joint degree with medicine. More on joint and dual degrees.
  • Collaborative degree: Through a collaboration with the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, you can focus your studies on workplace injury policy with the Occupational Health Services Research and Policy PhD.
  • Breadth: The Division of Health Policy and Management is home to seven research centers that provide research opportunities to students and are rich sources for dissertation data.

The field of health services research is concerned with access to health care, its quality, cost, and outcomes. Researchers examine and evaluate the economic, political, management, behavioral, and sociological forces that affect health care services. Health services researchers may enter academia, work with national policymakers to link their research results to policy initiatives, or hold positions as senior researchers in the public or private sector.

Areas of Emphasis

Our program features 7 areas of emphasis, allowing you to tailor your degree to your interests. These areas of emphasis will become the foundation for the dissertation.

Clinical Outcomes Research

The Clinical Outcomes Research track is designed to train health services researchers who wish to study clinical care, costs and outcomes. Their research may be conducted using observational (quasi-experimental) studies, randomized clinical trials or analyses of secondary data sets, including administrative data.

Honing these skills requires a combination of epidemiology, statistics, measurement, and interpretative expertise. These individuals would develop their epidemiology skills and take courses to expand their understanding of how to measure outcomes of health care. Many will want to include work in cost-effectiveness as well.

Core Courses Required Core Policy Course:

EITHER:

  • PubH 8801 – Health Services Policy Analysis: Theory (3) (Fall)
  • OR PubH 6835 – Principles of Health Policy (2) (Spring)

Area of Emphasis Required Coursework:

  • PUBH 6342 – Epidemiology II (3) Spring
  • PUBH 6343 – Epidemiology III (4) Fall
  • PubH 6864 – Conducting Health Outcomes Research (3) Spring
  • PubH 6863 – Understanding Healthcare Quality (2) Fall (Not offered 2010-11)
  • PubH 7450 – Survival Analysis (3) Fall

Supporting Program (Must total minimum 12 credits)
Courses not listed here may be used with approval of the Area of Emphasis director or designee. Supporting program must be approved by the Area faculty.

  • PubH 6717 – Decision Analysis for Healthcare (2) Fall
  • PubH 6862 – Cost Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care (3) Spring
  • PubH 8813 – Measurement of Health-Related Social Factors (3) Spring, odd years
  • PubH 6803 – Conducting a Systematic Literature Review (3) Spring
  • PubH 7430 – Statistical Methods of Correlated Data (3) Fall
  • PubH 6810 – Survey Research Methods (3) Fall

Total Core Credits:
56-57 (includes core and Area of Emphasis)

Prelim Exams:
Methods and the Clinical Outcomes exam which is a 72 hour take home exam format.

Clinical Outcomes Faculty:
Bob Kane, Beth Virnig, Marshall McBean, John Kralewski, Karen Kuntz

Health Decision Science

Health Decision Science consists of a collection of quantitative methods used to evaluate decision making under uncertainty, which include decision analysis, meta-analysis, predictive modeling, disease simulation modeling, cognitive psychology, shared decision making, quality-of-life assessment, utility elicitation, health outcomes assessment, cost-effectiveness analysis, health economics, pharmacoeconomics, technology assessment, evidence-based medicine, medical informatics, and discrete event simulation. The concentration in decision sciences prepares students for research careers that involve the application of these methods to public health and clinical problems.

Required Courses Core Policy Courses:

  • PubH 6835 – Principles of Health Policy (2) (Spring)

Area of Emphasis Required Coursework:

  • PubH 6717 – Decision Analysis for Health Care (2) (Fall)
  • PubH 6862 – Cost Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care (3) (Spring)
  • PubH 6809 – Advanced Methods in Health Decision Science (3) (Spring) Choose a minimum of 2 credits from the following: Independent Study with Dr. Francois Sainfort on Multiattribute Utility Theory (email Dr. Sainfort for more information: sainfort@umn.edu) (Fall)
  • IDSC 8721 – Behavioral Decision Theory (2) (Spring, even years)
  • IDSC 8711 – Cognitive Sciences (4) (Fall)
  • IDSC 8511 – Conceptual Topics and Research Methods in Information and Decision Sciences (4) (Fall) Supporting Program Must total a minimum of 12 credits, and must be approved by the Area faculty.

Supporting Program:
Must total a minimum of 12 credits, and must be approved by the Area faculty.

  • IDSC 8721 – Behavioral Decision Theory (2) (Spring, even years)

Sample supporting program courses:

  • IE 5112 – Introduction to Operations Research (3) Fall
  • PubH 7450 – Survival Analysis (3) Fall
  • PubH 7420 – Clinical Trials: Design, Implementation and Analysis (3) Spring
  • PubH 7440 – Introduction to Bayes Analysis (3) Spring

Total Course Credits:
52-53 (Includes core and Area of Emphasis)

Prelim Exams:
Methods and Decision Science exam, which is a 5 hour classroom format.

Decision Science Faculty:
Karen Kuntz and John Nyman, Francois Sainfort

Health Economics

The goal of the Health Economics area of emphasis is to train health economists who will out-compete PhDs from the top economics departments for all jobs except those in economics departments. The curriculum includes a broad menu of health economics related courses in addition to the multidisciplinary core courses.


Prerequisites:
Calculus and micro-economics

Core Courses Required Core Policy Course:

  • PubH 8801 – Health Services Policy Analysis: Theory (3) (Fall)

Area of Emphasis Required Coursework:

  • PubH 6832 – Economics of the Health Care System (3) (Fall)
  • PubH 8821 – Health Economics II (3) (Spring even years)
  • Econ 8001-2-3-4 – Microeconomic Analysis (8) (Fall and spring)

Supporting Program
Must total minimum 12 credits and must be approved by the Area faculty. Choose two methods courses from the following:

  • ApEc 8211-12 – Economic Analysis (4) Fall
  • Econ 8205-6-7-8 – Applied Econometrics (4) Fall
  • HRIR 8811 – Advanced Quantitative Research Methods in HRIR (2-4) (offered irregularly)
  • HRIR 8812 – HRIR Research Methodology (2-4) (offered irregularly)
  • Econ 8117-8 – Non-cooperative Game Theory (4) Fall, but not Fall, 2010
  • ApEc 8202 – Mathematical Optimization in Applied Economics (3) Fall
  • ApEc 8205 – Applied Game Theory (3) Spring
  • ApEc 8206 – Dynamic Optimization: Applications in Economics and Management (3) Spring

Additional Supporting Program Options:

  • Econ 8xxx – Graduate Courses in Economics (3)
  • ApEc 8xxx – Graduate Field courses in Applied Economics (3)
  • PubH 6862 – Cost Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care (3) Spring

Total Course Credits:
56-57 (Includes core and Area of Emphasis)

Prelim Exams:
Methods and the Econ Area exams (2): a 5 hour classroom format exam AND the micro economics exam for econ minors (in the econ department)

Econ Faculty:
Roger Feldman, John Nyman, Bob Town, Jean Abraham, Jon Christianson, Jeff McCullough, Pinar Karaca-Mandic

Health Organization and Management Science

This doctoral track is designed for doctoral students interested in research and/or academic careers in the organizational and management sciences. HOMS is a collaborative effort between Health Policy & Management faculty and faculty in other University of Minnesota departments to provide you access to national leaders in organizational and management sciences. The HOMS core provides you a theoretical foundation in two of the core management areas – organizational theory, organizational behavior, decision-making, or operations management – and assists in developing your methodological skills in social networks and/or qualitative research. HOMS students are expected to use their supporting program to develop more expertise in organizational and management sciences and apply this material in a healthcare setting of their choice.

Core Courses Required Core Policy Course:

EITHER:

  • PubH 8801 – Health Services Policy Analysis: Theory (3) (Fall)
  • OR PubH 6835 – Principles of Health Policy (2) (Spring)

Area of Emphasis Required Coursework Sample courses.Area of Emphasis faculty must approve.

Theoretical Foundations (6-8 credits):

  • IDSC 8711 – Cognitive Science (4) (Fall)
  • MGMT 8301 – Seminar in Organizational Behavior (4) (Fall even years)
  • MGMT 8302 – Seminar in Organizations Theory (4) (Fall even years)
  • OMS 8721 – Management of Technical Operations (3) (Spring odd years)
  • OMS 8745 – Research on Quality Management (3) (Fall, odd years)
  • PubH 8894 –Directed Research: Doctoral Seminar in Health Care Organizational Research (Spring, odd years)
  • SOC 8412 – Social Network Analysis: Theory and Methods (3) (Fall, odd years)

Methods Foundations (2-3 credits):

  • SOC 8412 – Social Network Analysis (3) (Fall odd years)
  • NURS 8171 – Qualitative Research Design and Methods (3-4) (Spring)

Supporting Program (must total minimum of 12 credits)
Student selects courses with their adviser and obtains approval from the Area of Emphasis faculty.

Total Course Credits:
Credits 51-54 (Includes core, Area of Emphasis and supporting program)

Prelim Exams:
Methods and HOMS prelim exam, which requires a paper in this area. HOMS

Faculty:
Jim Begun, Jon Christianson, John Kralewski, Gordon Mosser, Sandy Potthoff, Vern Weckwerth, Francois Sainfort, Doug Wholey

Health Policy Analysis

The emphasis area in Health Policy is designed to prepare students for careers in research, teaching, and public service in academic, governmental and public policy settings.The focus of this area includes multi-disciplinary training in the social sciences; application of quantitative research methods; rigorous writing and communication skill-based training. Students will receive the core doctoral-level training in health services research with an emphasis on U.S. Health Policy and applied Policy Analysis. It is expected that graduates will play key leadership roles in creatively addressing the current state and national issues in health policy including efforts to improve the health of populations; approaches to measuring and assuring quality of care; and efforts to improve health care financing, delivery and access to care.

Prerequisites:

Take, substitute or test out by end of 1st year:

  • PubH 6724 – Public Health and the US Health Care System (3) (Fall or spring),
  • OR PubH 6556 – Health and Health Systems (2) (fall)

Core Courses

Required Core Policy Course:

PubH 8802 – Applications in Health Services Policy (2) (spring odd years)

Area of Emphasis Required Coursework

  • PubH 6845 – Demographic Data for Policy Analysis (3) (spring)
  • PubH 8801 – Health Services Policy Analysis: Theory (3) (fall)
  • PubH 8802 – Applications in Health Services Policy (2) (spring, odd years)

Supporting Program:

(must total minimum 12 credits, must be approved by the Area faculty.)

1. Suggested Focus on Methods: Choose courses to fit individual needs with approval of advisor.

  • PubH 8804 – Advanced Quantitative Methods Seminar (3) (spring) – recommended
  • PubH 6845 – Demographic Data for Policy Analysis (3) (spring)
  • PubH 6717 – Decision Analysis for Health Care (2) (fall)
  • PubH 6810 – Survey Research Methods (3) (fall)
  • PubH 6862 – Cost Effectiveness Analysis (3) (spring)
  • PubH 8813 – Measurement Health-Related Social Factors (3) (spring, odd years)
  • PubH 6811 – Health Disparities in Research (2) (fall, even years)

OR

2. Topic-Specific Area Focus – Must be approved prior to taking courses (e.g., LTC, Economics, Health Disparities, Ethics, or other courses with approval of policy faculty)

Total Course Credits:
53 (Core Credits: 30; Area of Emphasis: 11; Supporting: 12)

Prelim Exams:
Methods exam and Policy exam, the format of which is a policy analysis paper.

Policy Faculty:
Lynn Blewett, Bob Kane, Rosalie Kane, Ira Moscovice, Bryan Dowd, Jon Christianson

Multidisciplinary Social Sciences

The Multidisciplinary Social Sciences area of emphasis is designed or doctoral students who want a broad introduction to analytic perspectives from economics, sociology and political science. In addition to the core coursework, students are required to take a second course in economics and sociology or organization theory, a course in American politics, and a third course in either economics or sociology/organizations, depending on their choice of preliminary written examination.

Core Program Required Policy Course:

  • PubH 8801 – Health Services Policy Analysis: Theory (3) (Fall)

Area of Emphasis Required Coursework:

  • PUBH 8805 – Sociological Theory in Health Services Research (3) (Per cohort request)
  • APEC 5151 – Applied Microeconomics: Firm and Household (3) (Fall)

Choose one additional theory course—to be decided with your advisor

Sample options:

  • PubH 6862 – Cost Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care (3) (Spring-not offered Spring 2008)
  • PubH 8821 – Health Economics II (3) (Spring, even years)
  • APEC 8203 – Applied Welfare Economics and Policy (3) (Spring)
  • SOC 8701 – Sociological Theory (4) (Fall) SOC 8721 – Theories of Social Psychology (3) (offered irregularly)

Supporting Program
Student chooses a minimum of 12 credits for the supporting program with the approval of the MULTI faculty. It also has to be submitted to the Graduate Faculty for approval.

Total Core Credits:
52-53 (includes core, Area of Emphasis and supporting program)

Prelim Exams:

Methods and a choice of either the in-house econ exam, which is a 5 hour classroom format, OR the sociology exam, which is in the writing of a research paper.

MULTI Faculty:
Bryan Dowd, lead member, and all other Graduate Faculty in the Division of HPM

Sociology of Health and Illness

Sociology of Health and Illness emphasizes fundamental issues in medical sociology; social stratification, the social construction of health and illness, population dynamics and demographic forces. A supporting program in this field prepares students for research focused on how social structures, organizations and relationships shape the experience of health and illness. Students may instead choose a minor in sociology (Sociology department), or demography (Minnesota Population Center). Students will also learn about methods appropriate for analyses of social behavior. Examples of research topics in the Sociology of Health and Illness include: analysis of health disparities; social predictors of health care utilization and costs; analysis of social stress; and understanding variation in illness behavior.

Core Coursework Required Core Policy Course:

EITHER:

  • PUBH 8801 – Health Services Policy Analysis: Theory (3) (Fall)
  • OR PUBH 6835 – Principles of Health Policy (2) (Spring)

Area of Emphasis Required Coursework:

Theoretical Foundations (6 credits)

Sample courses. Area faculty must approve:

  • PubH 8805 – Sociological Theory in HSR (3) Offered by cohort request
  • SOC 8701 – Sociological Theory (4) Offered periodically (Fall, 2010)
  • SOC 8731 – Sociology of Knowledge (3) Offered periodically
  • MGMT 8302 – Seminar in Organizations Theory (4) Offered periodically
  • SOC 8211 – Race Relations Theory (3) Offered periodically

Supporting Program(must total minimum of 12 credits)
Minimum of 8 credits in area of specialization (disparities, demography, social networks, family, etc.) AND 4-6 credits in advanced methodology. Supporting program must be approved by the area faculty.

Sample specialization courses (8-9 cr):

  • SOC 8735 – Sociology of Culture (3) Offered periodically (Fall, 2010)
  • SOC 8590 – Topics in Life Course Sociology (3) Offered periodically (Fall, 2010)
  • SOC 8390 – Topics in Political Sociology (3) Offered periodically
  • SOC 8101 – Sociology of Law (3) Offered periodically
  • SOC 8290 – Topics in Social Stratification (3) Offered periodically
  • SOC 8501 – Sociology of the Family (3) Offered periodically
  • SOC 8221 – Sociological of Gender (3) Offered periodically

Sample advanced methodology courses (4-6 cr):

  • PubH 8813 – Measurement of Health Related Social Factors (3) (spring odd years)
  • PubH 6811 – Health Disparities Research: Data, Measures, and Methods (2) (fall, even years)
  • POL 8126 – Qualitative Methods (3) Fall 2010-requires instructor permission
  • PubH 6845 – Using Demographic Data for Policy Analysis (3) (spring)
  • PSY 8881 – Seminar in Quantitative and Psychological Measurement (1) (Fall 2010). May need instructor permission.

Total Course Credits:
48-52 (Includes core and Area of Emphasis)

Prelim Exams:
Methods and Sociology exam, which is a paper with sociology focus.

Sociology Faculty:
Kathleen Call, Jim Begun, Rosalie Kane, Donna McAlpine, Todd Rockwood, Doug Wholey

The Occupational Health Services Research and Policy

The Occupational Health Services Research and Policy (OHSRP) training program is an innovative collaboration between the Division of Environmental Health Sciences (EnHS), and the Division of Health Policy and Management (HPM) in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. The program prepares researchers that will help meet the demand for more rigorous evaluation of workplace policies and programs designed to reduce the nation’s burden of occupational illness and injury and to protect and promote the well-bring of the American workforce. Students will enroll in the division of their preference to complete a rigorous two year program that includes classes in statistics, research design, sampling, survey methodology, econometrics, health economics, occupational and environmental epidemiology and toxicology, exposure assessment and policy. Doctoral students in EnHS complete supporting coursework in health services research, policy and administration. Doctoral students in HPM complete supporting course work in environmental and occupational health sciences. Upon completion of their coursework, and written and oral examinations, students complete a dissertation based on original research that makes a significant contribution to the field of occupational health services research and policy. Students will earn a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in either Environmental Health or Health Policy and Management

Admission requires a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university. Admissions committees in each major review applicants according to their personal statements, background and experience, record of academic achievement, demonstrated academic potential, letters of recommendation, compatibility of interests with program faculty, and other factors.

Test scores and GPAs provide competitive points of reference for admission but are not alone decisive in the admissions review.

Prerequisite college-level coursework in statistics and calculus is required.

Standardized Test Requirement

This program requires the GRE.

Admission Averages

Average score of admitted student Range
GPA 3.58 2.98-3.88
GRE Combined 313 2.84-341
GRE Analytical Writing 4.6 3.0-5.5

Admission Decisions

Complete applications are reviewed beginning in mid-January by an admissions committee. Applicants are notified in writing by mail of the admissions decision.

The University of Minnesota offers affordable and competitive graduate tuition while also being situated in one of the most affordable metropolitan areas in the country.

Cost

2015-16 Tuition Rates

Tuition is paid based on the following structure:

PhD Resident Non-resident
Part time, per credit $1,320.34 $2,042.34
Full time, 6-14 credits $7,922.00 $12,254.00
Each credit over 14 $1,320.34 $2,042.34

**Fees are approximate and assume enrollment in student health insurance plan. Additional fees apply for international students. See SPH Tuition & Fees for full details.

Funding

Financial Support – Fellowships and Traineeships

Admitted doctoral students are automatically considered for funding. The PhD program has several sources available. No separate application is required, except for the Hearst Fellowship in Public Health and Aging.

AHRQ/NRSA Traineeships: Federally funded, this source provides tuition, health insurance coverage and a generous stipend. US citizenship or permanent residency is required.

John Kralewski Family Fellowship: Amount varies. US and International students are eligible.

Hearst Fellowship in Public Health and Aging: The Hearst Fellowship in Public Health and Aging is for doctoral students interested in exercising leadership at the intersection of public health and gerontology through research and policy analysis. Selected students will conduct a dissertation related to aging and will complete the graduate minor in gerontology. Eligible applicants include first or second year PhD students in the Health Services Research, Policy, and Administration program. Download the application form (PDF)

HPM Doctoral Scholarship: The Division of Health Policy and Management has some limited funding for incoming doctoral students. International students are eligible.

Diversity of Views & Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship: The Office for Equity and Diversity administers the DOVE Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded to up to two incoming HSRP&A  doctoral students from diverse ethnic, economic, racial, and educational backgrounds and experience, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The fellowship provides a $22,500 stipend, tuition at regular Graduate School rates (up to 14 credits per semester), and subsidized health insurance for up to four years. The PhD program selects candidates to nominate in early January.

SPH Scholarships

The School of Public Health has numerous scholarships for new students. All admitted students with a complete application by Dec. 1 will automatically be considered for internal scholarships.

Graduate Assistantships

A graduate assistantship is an on-campus, part-time job that includes attractive benefits. Assistantships are very competitive to obtain as the demand out numbers the available positions.

Benefits

  • Tuition benefits: Graduate assistants receive both wages and a tuition subsidy based on the number of hours worked per week and their rate of tuition. Non-Minnesota residents also receive a waiver that covers the non-resident portion of tuition.
  • Health insurance coverage of at least 50 percent.
  • Invaluable working experience and opportunity to work closely with faculty.

The Division of HPM has some Research Assistant positions available, and a few Teaching Assistant positions. Students may also look for graduate assistantship jobs outside of the department through the University’s Office of Human Resources Graduate Assistant Employment page. RA and TA positions within the School of Public Health are also available in the Career Services Center.

Dissertation Grants: This funding source is to help support PhD students in the final year or two of their dissertation research and writing. All dissertation grants are competitive.  

  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF) sponsored by the the University’s Office of Graduate Education, provides a stipend of $22,500 plus full time tuition and health insurance during the term of the grant.
  • Doctoral Interdisciplinary Fellowship is available through the University’s Office of Graduate Education where students can link with a research center to promote interdisciplinary collaborative research. It provides a $22,500 stipend, and full time tuition and health insurance during the period of the award.
  • Agency for Health care Quality (AHRQ) Dissertation Grant. This federal program provides a stipend of about $22,500, plus full time tuition and health insurance. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required.

Student Loans

Students may be eligible to apply for federal student loans. Learn more about University financial aid.

Other Costs to Consider

  • Average cost of living in Minneapolis for a one-bedroom apartment is $899
  • Minnesota offers no tax on clothing
  • Minnesota students may receive an unlimited bus pass for $100/semester

Students research across multiple areas of emphasis. Here are examples of research projects by emphasis.

Student Research

Multidisciplinary Social Science:

  • Entry into Nursing and Academic Nursing: Career Trajectories of Nursing Faculty Members.
  • The Long-Term Effects of Exposure to Medicaid in Early Childhood

Health Decision Science:

  • The evaluation of preoperative breast magnetic resonance imaging for women with newly diagnosed early breast cancer.
  • Long-term comparative effectiveness of rheumatoid arthritis treatment strategies.

Health Policy and Analysis:

  • Medication Utilization of Dual Eligibles Before and After Medicare Part D: Cases of Antidepressants and Antipsychotics.
  • Analysis of the Relationship Between Psychosocial Factors and Self-Efficacy on Self-Management Behaviors in Adult Patients with Type 2 Diabetes.

Clinical Outcomes:

  • Donor and Center Quality for Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation (HCT)
  • Measuring Quality of Diabetes Care for Medicare Beneficiaries.

Health Organizations and Management Science:

  • The Experience of Burnout among Primary Care Physicians.
  • The Roles of Reputation in Organizational Response to Public Disclosure of Health Care Quality.

Health Economics:

  • The Impact of Health Information Technology on Demand for Hospital Inpatient Services.
  • Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations among Elderly Medicaid Long-term Care Users.

Sociology of Health and Illness:

  • Reconstructing Research: Exploring the Intersections of Race, Gender and Socioeconomic Status in Medical Education.
  • Mental Health and Health Care Utilization Among Transitional Age Youth.

Faculty Research

See all Health Services Research, Policy and Administration Faculty

  • Prof. Kathleen Call, specializes in health disparities research, and is both a champion for and practitioner of, community-based participatory research.
  • Assistant Prof. Katy Kozhimannil has received national recognition for her work that focuses on maternal health, especially looking at government policies that impact perinatal health care of working mothers, rural, low-income and racial and ethnic minorities.
  • Assistant Prof. Sarah Gollust has playing a key role in a faculty-community collaborative to analyze childhood policy making in Minnesota.
  • Prof. Ira Moscovice leads the Rural Health Research Center, housed in the Division of Health Policy and Management. Research work conducted there informs decision makers of the plight and solutions to curing disparities rural vs urban health care systems.
  • Prof. Lynn Blewett is one of Minnesota’s leading authorities on health policy. She directs the State Health Access Data Center, a national hub that supports state’s efforts to monitor and evaluate programs to increase access and coverage.

PhD students have opportunities for outreach and community engagement through the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) where students can make connections with collaborators to work on projects relevant to the community.

The Program in Health Disparities Research leads a number of on-going initiatives for students interested in conducting community outreach.

In addition, the Division of Health Policy and Management has seven research centers all of which are deeply engaged with community and national partners, and has developed research collaborations with several health care organizations in the community at which off-campus research assistantship positions for students have been created.

Our faculty are engaged with the community collaborating with health organizations and departments of public health to better understand urgent public health problems, find solutions, and inform decision makers, often resulting in shaping health policy.

Students go on to positions as researchers and teachers in top universities, government agencies, and health insurance provider and consulting organizations. Here are a few examples:

  • Research Scientist, NORC, Washington, DC
  • Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, South Park, MD
  • Health Economist, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • Assistant Professor, Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • Assistant Vice President of  Data Systems, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, OH
  • Senior Researcher, Health Care Institute, Washington, DC
  • Director, Global Health Policy, Reimbursement and Health Economics, Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN
  • Assistant Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
  • Sr. Analyst, Pharmaceuticals Evaluation and Policies, National Health Insurance Service, Seoul, South Korea

In-Depth Career Information (PDF)

Our PhD Students

More than 50 students are currently enrolled in the HSRP&A PhD program, including those in the market for employment.

Current job candidates

Student Areas of Emphasis Research Interest Thesis Adviser
Gilbert Gonzales Health Policy Health politics and policy analysis, health disparities, population health Lynn Blewett
Iskandar, Rowan Health Decision Sciences Stochastic population processess, complex disease modeling, evaluation of disease control Karen Kuntz, Yoichiro Mori
Jarosek, Stephanie Multidisciplinary Social Sciences End-of-life care, clinical outcomes research, survey and claims data analysis Beth Virnig
Kemmick Pintor, Jessie Sociology of health and illness Medical sociology, health policy analysis, immigration and health care policy, health disparities, maternal and child health, mixed methods, community-based participatory research (CBPR) Kathleen Call
Choi Yoo, Sung Jin(website) Health Economics Out of pocket health care burden, access to health care, children with special health care needs, hospital financial stress, hospital capital investment. Roger Feldman

Our Current PhD Students

Student & Contact Area of Emphasis
Adeniyi, Titilope Health Decision Science
Alang, Sirry Sociology of Health and Illness
Alarid, Fernando (website) Health Decision Sciences
Attanasio, Laura Sociology of Health and Illness
Barleen, Nathan Multidisciplinary Social Sciences
Cain (Woodhouse), Molly Health Organization & Mgmt Sciences
Cherba, Natalie Clinical Outcomes Research
Choi, Jae Young (Nick) Health Policy
Cobb, Mary (website) Health Policy
Crespin, Daniel Health Economics
Desai, Priyanka (website) Health Policy
Dickerson, Christopher Multidisciplinary Social Sciences
Drake, Coleman (website) Health Economics
Du, Jing Health Decision Sciences
Ghildayal, Neha Health Decision Sciences
Ghildayal, Nedhi Health Decision Sciences
Good, Charles
Gromala, Terry
Henning-Smith, Carrie (website) Sociology of Health and Illness
Higuera, Lucas (website) Health Economics
Hinahara, Jordan Health Decision Sciences
Huang, Tsan-Yao Health Economics
Hung, Peiyin (website) Multidisciplinary Social Sciences
Jarosek, Stephanie
Jeffrey, Molly Health Economics
Joseph, Jennifer (website) Clinical Outcomes Research
Jou, Judy Health Policy
Jutkowitz, Eric (website) Health Decision Sciences
Kao, Szu-Yu (Zoe) (website) Health Decision Science
Kolvenbach, Sarah (website) Sociology of Health and Illness
Lee, Jinhee Health Policy
Lewis, Teresa
Lin, Tzeyu Health Decision Sciences
McCreedy, Ellen Clinical Outcomes Research
McLeod, Heidi Health Policy
Miller, Jennifer Clinical Outcomes Research
Ng, Weiwen (website) Clinical Outcomes Research
Noh, Eunjeong Health Organization and Management Sciences
Popp, Jonah Health Decision Sciences
Przedworski, Julia (Jules) (website) Sociology of Health and Illness
Qin, Xuanzi (Shirley) (website) Health Economics
Rhee, Greg (website) Clinical Outcomes Research
Rowan, Kathleen Sociology of Health and Illness
Saunders, Jennifer (website) Health Policy
Scal, Peter
Skenzich, Anne Clinical Outcomes Research
Sweet, Kristin Clinical Outcomes Research
Swenson, Tami Multidisciplinary Social Sciences
Tang, Xuyang (website) Health Policy
Thao, Viengneesee(Vee) website) Clinical Outcomes Reserach
Tong, Junliang (Julian) Health Decision Sciences
Vacquier, Marc (website) Health Policy
Weaver, Lesley Health Policy
Weissblum, Lianna (website) Health Policy
Wilcock, Andrew (website) Health Economics
Yu, Jiani (website) Health Economics
Xu, Dongjuan Clinical Outcomes Research

“The U has great faculty who produce great research. I’ve enjoyed working on group projects and my decision analysis course.”
Tyler Boese, HSRPA student

Application Deadline
for Fall Admission

Scholarship Consideration Deadline: December 1
Final Deadline: February 1

Contact Us

Major Coordinator
Maureen Andrew
612-624-9432
andre031@umn.edu