To graduate, a student in the PhD in Public Health Sciences Specialization in Health Management and Policy program must demonstrate the following competencies:

  1. In-depth knowledge of the history of public health, health management, and health services research.
  2. Mastery of experimental research study designs, including qualitative as well as quantitative, and the ability to identify optimal designs for specific hypotheses.
  3. Ability to critically evaluate published research related to health management and health services research.
  4. Expertise in one or more health services research specialties such as health policy, organization theory, long-term care policy, health economics, etc.
  5. Practical knowledge of issues in research management including:
    (a) Formation and leadership of multidisciplinary teams.
    (b) Staffing, budgeting, tracking.
    (c) Data quality control and data safety management.
    (d) Funding mechanisms and grantsmanship.
    (e) Research ethics and regulations.
  6. Professional quality peer-review, oral and poster presentation, report, grant, and manuscript writing.

Demonstration of Competency

  • Demonstration of Competency 1 is achieved by passing the doctoral qualifying examination and by successful completion and defense of the dissertation.
  • Demonstration of Competencies 2 through 6, inclusive, is achieved by successful development, conduct, completion, and defense of the dissertation.

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