Degree Requirements

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The PhD in Health Policy & Management requires students take courses from this suggested list. Students will complete the following coursework or the equivalent of the topic areas covered in these courses. The course listing represents a suggested program of study. The standard number of courses taken is 18, with the option of obtaining credits for previous courses. With the approval of the academic adviser and DGS, alternative courses that better suit the needs of the student may satisfy the course work requirement. The departmental representative to the Graduate Studies Executive Committee (GSEC), in conjunction with the student’s adviser, is responsible for determining if core course requirements have been satisfied by previous course work or alternative courses. If so, the student should apply for a course waiver through the Graduate School. HPM Students can only waive up to two courses of the 18 courses. Neither HPM 617a, b (the HPM colloquium) nor EPH 600a (research ethics) count toward the total course number. All “a” courses are offered in the fall term, “b” courses are offered in the spring term.

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Course Units

Statistics and Methods (minimum 4 courses)

 

Suggested course options:

 

BIS 623a, Applied Regression Analysis                       

1

BIS 625a, Categorical Data Analysis               

1

BIS 628b, Longitudinal and Multilevel Data Analysis             

1

CDE 580b, Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health

1

ECON 556a, Topics in Empirical Economics and Public Policy

1

ECON 558a, Econometrics

1

HPM 583b, Methods in Health Services Research

1

PLSC 500a, Statistics                           

1

PLSC 503b, Quantitative Methods                  

1

PLSC 504a, Advanced Qualitative Methods    

1

SOCY 580a, Introduction to Methods in Quantitative Sociology                     

1

SOCY581b, Intermediate Methods in Quantitative Sociology             

1

SOCY 582a, Statistics III; Advanced Quantitative Analysis for Social Scientists                                 

1

STAT 660b, Multivariate Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences

1

STAT 665b, Data Mining and Machine Learning

1

 

Health Policy and Management (minimum 4 courses)

 

Suggested courses options (all with PhD readings):

 

HPM 510a, Introduction to Health Policy and Health Systems

1

HPM 514b, Health Politics, Governance and Policy                            

1

HPM 560b, Health Economics & US Health Policy                             

1

HPM 561b, Managing Health Care Organizations

1

HPM 570a, Cost-effectiveness Analysis and Decision Making             

1

HPM 573b, Advanced Topics in Modeling Health Care Decisions

1

HPM 587a, Advanced Health Economics

1

HPM 590b, Addiction, Economics, and Public Policy

1

HPM 597b, Capstone Course in Health Policy

1

 

Colloquium in Health Policy and Management

 

 (required all years for HPM doctoral students)

 

HPM 617a and b, Colloquium in Health Policy and Management       

0

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Course Units

Individualized Readings:

 

(required for all second-year students in the spring semester)

 

HPM610b, Applied Area Readings for Qualifying Exams (final paper graded by two faculty)

1

Public Health Requirements

 

EPH 600a, Research Ethics and Responsibilities          

0

EPH 608b, Frontiers in Public Health  ^

1

CDE 508a, Principles of Epidemiology 1^

1

 

 

Areas of Depth
Students must pick one of the three areas of depth (Economics, Political and Policy Analysis or Organizational Theory and Management). Students must take 4 classes in their selected area of depth

 

ECONOMICS (required courses)

 

ECON 545a, Microeconomics                                                

1

ECON 558a, Econometrics (may count as methods/statistics class or as an area of depth class, but not both)                                          

1

In addition, students must take two field courses in a concentration area in which they plan to develop expertise.  Sets of courses across topics can be selected to meet research interests.  Concentration areas within Economics area of depth are:

 

Behavioral Economics

 

MGMT758b, Foundations of Behavioral Economics                          

1

PSYC 553a, Behavioral Decision Making I: Choice

1

PSYC 554a, Behavioral Decision Making II: Judgment

 

Labor Economics

 

ECON 630a, Labor Economics                                                                       

1

ECON 631b, Labor Economics                                                                       

1

ECON 776b, The Economics of Population                                        

1

Public Finance

 

ECON 556a, Topics in Empirical Economics and Public Policy

 

ECON 680a, Public Finance I                                                             

1

ECON 681b, Public Finance II                                                                        

1

Industrial Organization

 

ECON 600a, Industrial Organization I                                    

1

ECON 601b, Industrial Organization II

1

 

POLITICAL ANALYSIS AND POLICY (suggested courses listed below; must choose 4 in consultation with advisor)

 

PLSC 617b, Deliberative Democracy and Beyond                  

1

PLSC 766a, Politics and Markets

1

PLSC 800a, Introduction to American Politics                        

1

PLSC 801a, Political Preferences and American Political Behavior      

1

PLSC 802b, Collective Action and Choice                                          

1

PLSC 803b, American Politics III: Institutions

1

PSYC 647b, Social Science and Institutional Design: The Empirical Evaluation of Legal Policies and Practices

1

SOCY 557b, Political Sociology                                                                     

1

 

 

 

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Course Units

ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY AND MANAGEMENT (required courses)

 

HPM 600 a or b, Directed Readings: Organizational Behavior and Theory in Health Care

1

MGMT 731b, Organizations and Management II: Organizations and the Environment.      

1

MGMT 733a, Theory Construction

1

MGMT 736b, Organizations and Management I: Inside Organizations                        

1

Students supported by training grants may be subject to additional requirements.  Students supported by a training grant should discuss with the Principal Investigator of that grant to find out whether there are grant-specific requirements.

^ Students entering the program with an MPH are exempt from EPH 608, Frontiers in Public Health.  Students with prior graduate level epidemiology courses may be exempt from CDE 508a, Principles in Epidemiology I.

Qualifying exams:
Students will take three exams. Each qualifying exam will be graded by two faculty members.

  1. HPM exam will be written by HPM faculty and will draw on HPM courses. Students should use selection of HPM courses taken to address the exam questions using their own preparation, which may differ based what courses each has taken.
  2. Methods exam will be written to reflect the sequence of methods classes taken by the student (e.g., BIS, PLSC, SOC). The BIS exam is written by the BIS faculty. The PLSC exam is written by PLSC faculty. The SOC exam is written together by SOC and HPM faculty.
  3. Area of depth exam will be written by HPM faculty with expertise in that area and should reflect the four courses taken in that area of depth

Course levels:
Faculty advisors and students will seek to select courses at a higher-level graduate (ideally doctoral level) for all courses. In cases where the course approved is a masters’ level course, faculty will work with instructors to ensure our students are receiving extra doctoral level work in the class. This may include different assignments, research papers, additional readings, or other methods to ensure the course provides doctoral level education. The responsibility for ensuring this occurs is with the student and his/her primary advisor, although the advisor will only facilitate this occurs, not take on the responsibility for teaching material.

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