Specialty Tracks

PhD in Health Services Research-Specialty Tracks

In addition to demonstrated ability in the eight core competency areas, students are expected to select a specialty track: pharmaceutical health services research, health economics, or the sociological determinants of health care utilization. Students may create their own specialty track in conjunction with their advisor. Permission for the plan of study must be obtained by the Graduate Program Director.

Specialty Track in Pharmaceutical Health Services

Pharmaceutical health services research is of interest to the government, the pharmaceutical industry, regulators, and organizations that provide pharmacy care. Areas of research span multiple settings (e.g., population-based, outpatient care settings, in-patient settings, nursing homes). Students on this track learn to implement pharmaco-epidemiologic studies, including examinations of drug utilization, adverse and beneficial effects of medications, adherence, the effects of policies on prescribing trends, as well as studies of interventions to improve the quality of pharmacy care.

In addition to the general program requirements, students must select 3-6 additional courses as a function of interests, previous coursework and experience. Academic advising assures the correct selection of experiences and/or courses to achieve goals.

Required Courses (Students are required to select 3-6 courses)

Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (BIOL 2860) 
Note: Meets human biology/pharmacology competency requirements for Health Services Research, specialty track in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research.

Pharmacoepidemiology (PHP 2440) 
Note: Epidemiology students may use this course as either a methodological or substantive elective. Required course for Health Services Research, specialty track in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research.

Economics of Medical Therapies: Health Policy and Practice (PHP 2350) 
Note: 1.000 Credit hours 1.000 Lecture hours

Clinical Trials Methodology (PHP 2030) 
Note: Epidemiology students may use this course as a methodological elective. Approved course selection for Health Services Research, specialty track in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research. This course is an MPH approved elective.

Analysis of Population Based Datasets (PHP 2430) 
Note: Approved course selection for Health Services Research, specialty track in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research.

Specialty in Health Economics

The goal of the specialty track in health economics is to offer additional training in both the theory and methods of economics in order to prepare students to to better understanding the demand for health services and the industry factors that influence the distribution and shape of health care services in different markets.

In addition to demonstrated ability in the eight core competency areas, students selecting the health economics specialty take 3 additional courses.

Required Courses (Students are required to select 3 courses)

Health Economics (ECON 1360) 
Note: Undergraduate concentrators in Community Health may use this course to the meet the U.S. Health Care Organization Policy elective requirement. This course is an approved MPH elective.

Industrial Organization (ECON 1460) 
Note: Approved course selection for Health Services Research, specialty track in Health Economics.

Race and Inequality in the United States (ECON 1370) 
Note: Approved course selection for Health Services Research, specialty track in Health Ecomnomics.

Economics of Health and Population (ECON 2360) 
Note: Required course for Health Services Research, specialty track in Health Economics.

Economics of Medical Therapies: Health Policy and Practice (PHP 2350) 
Note: 1.000 Credit hours 1.000 Lecture hours

Specialty in Sociological Determinants of Health Care Utilization

Students selecting this emphasis area will learn sociological theories that provide a framework to guide the development of research and further understanding of the behavior of health care organizations, the interactions of individuals with the health care system and health care providers, as well as the social determinants of health and illness. Additionally, students are trained in social science methodologies specific to the analysis of large data sets and the analysis of spatial data.

Students in this specialty are expected to take 3 courses from a list of approved courses.

Required Courses (Students are required to select 3 courses)

Organizational Theories of the Public and Private Sectors (SOC 1030) 
Note: Undergraduate concentrators in Community Health may use this course to the meet the U.S. Health Care Organization Policy elective requirement.

Theories of Organizational Dynamics and Decision Making (SOC 1090) 
Note: Undergraduate concentrators in Community Health may use this course to the meet the U.S. Health Care Organization Policy elective requirement. Approved course selection for Health Services Research, specialty track in Sociological Determinants of Health Care Utilization.

Sociology of Medicine (SOC 1550) 
Note: Undergraduate concentrators in Community Health may use this course to the meet the U.S. Health Care Organization Policy elective requirement. Approved course selection for Health Services Research, specialty track in Sociological Determinants of Health Care Utilization. This is an MPH approved elective.

Health Institutions and Professions (SOC 2310) 
Note: Epidemiology students may use this course as a substantive elective. Approved course selection for Health Services Research, specialty track in Sociological Determinants of Health Care Utilization.

Poverty as Social Inequality (SOC 2960E) 
Note: Approved course selection for Health Services Research, specialty track in Sociological Determinants of Health Care Utilization.

Techniques of Demographic Analysis (SOC 2230) 
Note: Approved course selection for Health Services Research, specialty track in Sociological Determinants of Health Care Utilization.

Principles and Methods of Geographic Information Systems (SOC 1871F) 
Note: Approved course selection for Health Services Research, specialty track in Sociological Determinants of Health Care Utilization. This course is an approved MPH elective.

Spatial Thinking in Social Science (SOC 2610) 
Note: Approved course selection for Health Services Research, specialty track in Sociological Determinants of Health Care Utilization.