PhD Course Descriptions

Scroll down to see the different courses that the Department of Health Policy and Management offers in the PhD program or, if you know the course you are interested in, click the appropriate course number: 819, 868, 869, 870, 871, 872, 873, 875, 885, 886, 887, 901, 903, 990, 991, 999

HP&M 819 Research for Health Care Leaders(3 credits)
Introduces epidemiology, survey research, and evaluation research. Examines quantitative and qualitative methods. Focuses on role of research in health policy and health management. Incorporates lecture, discussion, papers and presentations. LEC


HP&M 868 Field Immersion in Health Systems Issues and Trends (1 credit)

This field-based experience exposes students to a range of issues and trends in health care organizations---public and private, profit and non-profit. The aim is to engage students in the realities of health system challenges and problems, which can be informed by health services research. Site visits and contacts with executives and policy leaders serve as the basis for scholarly analysis. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

HP&M 869 Field Immersion in Health Systems Data Mangement (1 credit)
This field-based experience exposes students to current managerial realities and trends in information technology and data management within health care and policy settings. The aim is to engage students in information technology roles and functions, data set and performance metrics, available systems of technology support, and the scope of data collection, organization and management issues faced by health systems. Prerequisites: HP&M 868, or permission of the instructor.

HP&M 870 Research Inquiry I: Defining and Supporting the Rsearch Problem (1 credit)
Students select a problem area, critically review and analyze the research literature related to it and develop a research question(s) and working hypotheses. The analysis of the problem integrates field experiences with relevant literature, and translates ideas from the practice and/or policy setting into the context of scholarly inquiry. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

HP&M 871 Research Inquiry II: Research Design (1 credit)
Students build on a problem area of interest with potential benefit to the healthcare field and examine methodologies that would support a hypothesis or significant research question. The course guides students in translating their questions into a credible, methodologically defensible research design, including overall strategy, measurement, study population and/or sample. Focus will be placed on critical analysis of design trade-offs and limitations. Prerequisites: HP&M 870 or permission of the instructor.

HP&M 872 Research Inquiry III: Data Analysis Techniques and Strategies (1 credit)
HP&M 872 Research Inquiry III: Data Analysis Techniques and Strategies (1 credit)
Students learn to assess and choose appropriate analytic techniques, whether qualitative or quantitative, and develop a data analysis and presentation plan. Emphasis is placed on evaluating the relative advantages and disadvantages of various analytic strategies in the context of a specific question and research design. Prerequisites: HP&M 871 or permission of the instructor.

HP&M 873 Statistical Applications Using Large Data Bases (3 credits)
The management of large data sets is a critical analytic skill for health policy and management research. This course exposes students to the various types and configurations of large data sets and provides hands-on analytic experience using an array of statistical techniques and procedures. Attention is placed on the criteria for designing and evaluating, including the trade-offs in selecting one plan over another. Students actually carry out an analysis plan for a variety of data types. Prerequisites: H&M 819 or permission of the instructor.

HP&M 875 Modeling in Health Services Research (3 credits)
Provides an opportunity for students to use a number of common analysis models in health services research. Emphasizes a conceptual understanding of appropriate modeling techniques and use of statistical software packages. The course focuses on application of methods to health services research questions, with emphasis on regression design and interpretation. Pre-requisites: HPM& 874 or permission of the instructor.

HP&M 885 Instructional Methods in Health Services Education (1 credits)
An overview of pedagogical approaches and learning strategies for higher education courses in health policy and management. Content will include course organization, syllabus design, techniques for teaching in the classroom and on-line, learning styles, strategies for classroom management, and evaluation/grading methods. HP&M 868 or permission of the instructor.

HP&M 886 Applied Health Services Research (3 credits)
Students in this course apply the full spectrum of the research process to a specific hypothesis or research questions, drawn from practical health systems observations and/or supported by critical analysis of the health services research literature. Moving step by step through the research process, students work to develop a complete research plan and proposal suitable to investigate their chosen question. Group discussion and guest researchers provide elaboration for each stage of research plan development.
Prerequisites: HPM 872 and 873 or permission of the instructor.

HP&M 887 Practicum in Health Services Education (2 credits)

Application of the approaches and methods described in HP&M 885. Students will serve as a teaching assistant for one semester, working with a teaching mentor. In addition to assisting with the class, students will meet regularly with the mentor to critique and analyze content and classroom processes, plan and develop teaching activities, and evaluate learning and performance in the classroom. Prerequisite: HP&M 868 or permission of the instructor. HP&M 887 may be taken concurrently with HP&M 885. LEC

HP&M 901 Doctoral Seminar in Health Policy (3 credits)
Students will investigate, review and critically analyze major concepts, theoretical and methodological approaches and sub-areas in the field of health policy research. The course will cover comparative health policy analyses as well as both micro and macro system perspectives. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

HP&M 903 Doctoral Seminar in Health Management (3 credits)
Students will investigate, review and critically examine major concepts, theories, issues, methodological approaches and sub-areas in the health services management research literature. Special attention will be placed on using research to develop evidence-based practice and suggesting interventional strategies for complex problems, both micro- and macro-organizational. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

HPM 990 Advanced Topics in Health Policy and Management (1-3)
This course allows exploration of special topics that are not routinely a part of the curriculum.

HP&M 991 Individual Doctoral Readings (1-3)
Individual study of special topics or problems by students working on a doctorate. Prerequisite: Admission to a PHD program and consent of the instructor.

HP&M 999 Dissertation (1-12 credits)

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