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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DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Course Units

 

Required for all students

 

 

EPH 508a, Foundations of Epidemiology and Public Health

1

 

EPH 600a, Research Ethics and Responsibilities

0

 

EPH 608b, Frontiers of Public Health

1

 

HPM 610b, Applied Area Readings

1

 

HPM 617a,b, Colloquium in Health Services Research

0

 

 

 

 

Statistics and Methods (minimum 4 courses)

 

 

Suggested course options:

 

BIS 623a, Applied Regression Analysis

1

BIS 625b, 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, Quantitative Methods I: Research Design & Data Analysis

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

S&DS 563b, Multivariate Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences

1

S&DS 565a, Data Mining and Machine Learning

1

 

Health Policy and Management (minimum 4 courses)

 

 

Suggested courses options (all with PhD readings):

 

EPH 510a, Health Policy and Health Care Systems

1

HPM 514b, Health Politics, Governance and Policy

1

HPM 560b, Health Economics & US Health Policy

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

 

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

 

Labor Economics

 

ECON 630a, Labor Economics

1

ECON 631b, Labor Economics

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; Other courses to be chosen in consultation with advisor) 4 courses required

 

PLSC 800a, Introduction to American Politics

1

PLSC 801a, American Political Behavior

1

1

1

 

 

ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY AND MANAGEMENT (Courses chosen in consultation with advisor) 4 courses required

 

 

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

1

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

 

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 may be exempt from EPH 608, Frontiers in Public Health. Students with prior graduate level epidemiology courses may be exempt from EPH 508a, Foundations of Epidemiology and Public Health.

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.

Milestones/Other Requirements: 

  • TF a minimum of two semesters, generally during Year 2 and 3 (up to two additional TF terms may be required) 
  • Completion of Qualifying Exam by the end of Year 2 
  • Approved and submitted prospectus by the end of Year 3 (admission to candidacy milestone) 
  • Bi-annual dissertation advisory committee meetings once admitted to candidacy 
  • Dissertation defense (prior to submission to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences) 
  • Public presentation of dissertation (after submission to Graduate School of Arts and Sciences)

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