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Graduate Committee

Dr. Fernando Wilson (Chair & Graduate Program Director), Dr. Li-Wu Chen, Dr. Hongmei Wang, Dr. Jungyoon Kim, Dr. Nizar Wehbi, and Jamie Larson (student representative) 

The PhD program in Health Services Research & Administration educates students to be scholars and health services researchers for careers in academia and also in large corporations, insurance companies, government agencies, health care organizations, and consulting firms. Incorporating the core competencies of health services research, the program focuses on methods and application of health services research, health administration, and health policy. Program graduates will be equipped to serve the public and private sectors in Nebraska, the Midwest region, the nation, and the world. Students will gain valuable experience by working closely with faculty whose research interests include health economics, health care finance, organizational behavior, medical geography, policy analysis, program & policy evaluation, health outcomes research, public health informatics, workforce, public health services research, and underserved populations. Program faculty conduct research and service activities through the Center for Rural Health Research and the Center for Health Policy. 

Admission

In addition to the standard admission requirements established by UNMC Graduate Studies, potential PhD students in Health Services Research & Administration  should ensure that their application narrative describes their interest in and potential for contributing to the field, their career goals, a self-assessment of their fit into the program at UNMC, and a self-assessment of their qualifications, experiences and general preparation for success in the program. GRE scores are required, with many successful applicants having scores above the 40th percentile.  At least one of the required letters of recommendation should be from a faculty member in the applicant’s previous academic program. It is strongly encouraged that one of the letters be from an individual who knows the applicant in a professional setting.

PhD Curriculum

There PhD program in Health Services Research & Administration offers two tracks: the Traditional Track and the Family Medicine Track (which requires a degree in medicine).  Students must choose to pursue one of the two tracks.

Students enrolled in the Ph.D. program without a master’s degree are required to complete a total of 90 credit hours in course and dissertation work, including 39 credits of required Core Courses, 15 credits of Area of Emphasis Courses (Track-specific), 12-18 credits of Elective Courses, and 18-24 credits of Doctoral Dissertation.  The required courses are designed to help students build a strong foundation of multidisciplinary knowledge and skills for scholarship in health services research.  Students must complete all required Core Courses before taking Area of Emphasis (Track-specific) courses. 

Traditional Track

Core Courses (39 credits)
HSRA 810US HLTH CARE SYSTEMS3
HSRA 874HEALTH POLICY3
HSRA 873HEALTH SVCS ADMIN3
HSRA 860HLTH ECONOMICS3
HSRA 830HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY AND BEHAVIOR3
BIOS 806BIOSTATISTICS I3
BIOS 808BIOSTATISTICS II3
EPI 820EPIDEMIOLOGY IN PUBLIC HEALTH3
HPRO 830FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC HEALTH3
HSRA 872HLTH CARE FINANCE3
HSRA 920QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH3
HSRA 930DESIGN OF HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH3
HPRO 910HUMANISTIC TRADITIONS OF QUALITATIVE RESEARCH3
Traditional Track Area of Emphasis (15 credits)
HSRA 940INTEGRATED SEMINAR IN ECONOMICS AND HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH3
HSRA 950MEDICAL GEOGRAPHY AND SPATIAL METHODS IN HEALTH SCIENCES3
HSRA 960SEMINAR IN HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION3
HSRA 980SEMINAR IN HEALTH POLICY3
HSRA 996DIRECTED READINGS AND RESEARCH1-9
Electives (15 credits)
Each student and his/her Supervisory Committee will determine the appropriate elective courses
Other Requirements
HSRA 999DOCTORAL DISSERTATION (21 credits)1-15
Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) / Ethics Training


Family Medicine Track (a degree in medicine is required for admission)

Core Courses (39 credits)
HSRA 810US HLTH CARE SYSTEMS3
HSRA 874HEALTH POLICY3
HSRA 873HEALTH SVCS ADMIN3
HSRA 860HLTH ECONOMICS3
HSRA 830HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY AND BEHAVIOR3
BIOS 806BIOSTATISTICS I3
BIOS 808BIOSTATISTICS II3
EPI 820EPIDEMIOLOGY IN PUBLIC HEALTH3
HPRO 830FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC HEALTH3
HSRA 872HLTH CARE FINANCE3
HSRA 920QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH3
HSRA 930DESIGN OF HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH3
HPRO 910HUMANISTIC TRADITIONS OF QUALITATIVE RESEARCH3
Family Medicine Area of Emphasis (15 credits)
FMED 850ACADEMIC MEDICINE THEORY AND PRACTICE2
GCBA 907TEACHING AND RESEARCH PRESENTATION SKILLS2
FMED 970ACADEMIC MEDICINE SEMINAR (enroll 2 different semesters, total of 2 credits)1
FMED 990FAMILY MEDICINE ACADEMIC PRACTICUM3
HSRA 940INTEGRATED SEMINAR IN ECONOMICS AND HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH3
Choose ONE of the following:
HSRA 960SEMINAR IN HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION3
HSRA 980SEMINAR IN HEALTH POLICY3
Electives (15 credits)
Each student and his/her Supervisory Committee will determine the appropriate elective courses
Other Requirements
HSRA 999DOCTORAL DISSERTATION (21 credits)1-15
Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) / Ethics Training