PhD in Health Systems and Services Research Program Competencies

Students Beginning Program Spring 2021 to Present

  • Assess how environmental context affects variation in health system outcomes.
  • Create conceptual frameworks to guide health services research studies.
  • Evaluate HSR issues using appropriate analytical techniques.
  • Formulate and present a health services research study plan in a grant proposal.
  • Defend selection of policy solutions through multiple modalities for diverse audiences.

Students Beginning Program Spring 2012 to Fall 2020

  1. Apply alternative theoretical and conceptual models to HSR.
  2. Apply in-depth substantive knowledge and research methodology skills from a discipline or concentration (health economics or quality of care and health outcomes research) to HSR.
  3. Conduct advanced statistical analyses commonly used in HSR.
  4. Critically appraise grant applications, understand the grant writing and review process, and write grant applications.
  5. Describe the strengths and weaknesses of study designs to appropriately address specific health services research questions.
  6. Display comprehensive understanding of the structure and performance of health systems, including the institutions, professionals, and policies that comprise these systems and their effects on individual and population health.
  7. Effectively communicate the process, findings, and implications of HSR through multiple modalities to multiple stakeholders.
  8. Engage in major components of the research process, including synthesis of existing literature, development of conceptual models and hypotheses, development of research protocols and instruments, data collection, statistical analysis, and dissemination of knowledge.
  9. Execute and document procedures that ensure the reproducibility of the science, the responsible use of resources, and the ethical treatment of research subjects.
  10. Use data obtained from interviews or surveys and/or administrative data to investigate HSR issues.