The Ph.D. in Health Systems and Policy provides students with advanced knowledge and skills in understanding health systems, health services, and health policy. Graduates are prepared for positions as health services researchers, teachers and practitioners in settings such as governmental and non-governmental organizations, universities, health insurance, and health systems.
The program is distinguished by a focus on systems thinking, the dedicated and knowledgeable research faculty, and its location in a state known for health reform efforts.
In addition to core coursework, the program offers students the choice to pursue one of four emphasis areas: health systems organization, financing, and delivery; health policy analysis and application; health services, access, quality, and cost; or community-based health and social services. The curriculum is designed to help students integrate coursework with applied research and practice and emphasizes community-engaged learning and scholarship.
The program is well situated for those interested in pursuing studies in health systems and policy, since Oregon is a pioneer in implementing health systems transformation. The program’s faculty are involved in state and nationally-funded research projects studying health systems reform, offering rich opportunities for student learning, research assistant positions and doctoral dissertation topics.
Students graduating from this program will be able to:
The doctoral program in Health Systems and Policy requires the completion of 104-115 credits in the following areas:
For more information on the curriculum, please see the Program Planner.
Students must successfully complete all coursework prior to taking the Comprehensive Examination.
Students may transfer in previously completed comparable graduate courses from an accredited university that fulfill course requirements.