PhD Course Descriptions
HP&M 870 Research Inquiry I: Defining and Supporting the Research 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 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 credit.
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.
HP&M 904 Doctoral Seminar in Health Care Occupations and Culture. 3 credits.
Examines the social, historical, and cultural forces shaping the organization and delivery of health care. Students will critically analyze concepts surrounding health, illness and wellness, healing, professional authority, and interprofessional and intraprofessional relationships. Explores the impact of organizational cultures on the health care system. Prerequisite: Admission to the PhD Program or permission of instructor. SEM
HP&M 905 Doctoral Seminar in Social Determinants of Health. 3 credits.
An advanced survey of theory and research in social determinants of health, giving primary attention to health differences by education, income, race/ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. Demographic, cross-cultural, social-psychological, and physiological aspects of physical and mental health will be considered. Prerequisite: Admission to PhD program or permission of instructor. SEM.
HP&M 906 Doctoral Seminar in Comparative Health Systems. 3 credits.
Critical examination of the structure and function of health care systems in major, advanced, capitalist countries (e.g., Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden) in comparison to each other and to the health care system of the United States. Patterns in control and financing will be studied in relation to issues of cost, quality, access, and in relation to cultural values. Special attention will be placed on comparative analysis of strategies for reform and the results of recent reform efforts in the focal countries. Prerequisite: Admission to PhD program or permission of instructor. SEM.
HP&M 910 Health Services Research Methods. 3 credits.
Examines the research process and the primary methodologies used in health services research. Explores basic methods in survey research, epidemiology, and evaluation. Focuses on quantitative methods and introduces qualitative methods. Lecture Prerequisite: Graduate level statistics; Acceptance to the PhD program or permission of instructor. LEC.
HP&M 912 Qualitative Health Research. 3 credits.
Examines qualitative approaches to research, specifically in health care settings. Content includes qualitative research methodologies, including ethnography, interviews, focus groups, and content analysis through examples in the literature and hands-on exercises. Discusses when qualitative methods are appropriate to use, and how they can complement other research methods. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. LEC.
HPM 990 Advanced Topics in Health Policy and Management. 1-3 credits.
This course allows exploration of special topics that are not routinely a part of the curriculum.
HP&M 991 Individual Doctoral Readings. 1-3 credits.
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.