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PhD Curriculum & Competencies


The curriculum consists of the following courses. This course of study requires a minimum of four years of full-time study.

Course of Study

Course Number - Class Name Credit Hours
HP&M 870: Research Inquiry: Defining and Supporting the Research Problem; Research Design and Analysis
HP&M 873: Statistical Applications Using Large Data Bases
HP&M 875: Modeling in Health Services Research
HP&M 885: Instructional Methods in Health Services Education 
HP&M 886: Applied Health Services Research
HP&M 887: Practicum in Health Services Education
HP&M 901: Doctoral Seminar in Health Policy
HP&M 903: Doctoral Seminar in Quality and Safety
HP&M 904: Doctoral Seminar in Health Occupations and Culture
HP&M 905: Doctoral Seminar in Social Determinants of Health
HP&M 906: Doctoral Seminar in Comparative Health Systems 3
HP&M 910: Health Services Research Methods
HP&M 912: Qualitative Health Research
HP&M 990: Advanced Topics in Health Policy and Management
1-3 per
HP&M 991: Individual Directed Readings or other elective approved by the advisor
1-3 per
HP&M 999: Dissertation
Biostatistics, Preventive Medicine or related Methods Course (elective with advisor's permission)
Qualitative Methods Course (elective with advisor's permission)
Quantitative Methods Course (elective with advisor's permission)
Attendance at the HP&M Health Services Research Colloquium held each semester

PhD Competencies

Upon completion of the PhD in Health Policy and Management, each student should be able to demonstrate:

  • A working knowledge of the U.S. health care system, its historical development, organizational structures and financing mechanisms
  • An understanding of the process and evolution of health care policies in the U.S. and their relationship to policies of other advanced economic nations
  • An understanding of basic principles of economics as applied to health care systems
  • An understanding of the role of culture and the behavioral dynamics of differentiation and stratification in health and medicine, the health professions, and in hospitals and other health care organizations
  • Working knowledge of the principles of management as applied to health care settings
  • Working knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative research paradigms, including research design, measurement, epidemiology, survey research, evaluation of health and health care systems and interventions, as well as participant observation, intensive interviewing and content analysis.
  • Working knowledge of descriptive and inferential statistical analysis as applied to basic research strategies employed in health services research
  • Advanced content (theoretical and conceptual as well as familiarity with the research literature) in a defined area of either health policy or health care management. [Each student’s specialization plan must be recommended by the student’s doctoral committee and approved by the director of doctoral studies.]
  • Application of content specialization to the critical analysis of research literature and the development of independent research questions
  • The ability to translate research questions into research designs
  • Advanced specialization in at least one area of research methods, such as epidemiology, survey design, evaluation, qualitative or econometrics
  • Familiarity with large data sets and the ability to prepare and statistically analyze them
  • Acquired expertise and experience in developing curriculum and effective classroom and online teaching within a health services administration program
School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Population Health
Mail Stop 1008
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Fax: 913-588-2780