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Health Systems and Services Research

Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health

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Doctoral Minor in Health Systems and Services Research

This minor provides a mix of substantive and methods courses in social science or related reference disciplines that are frequently drawn on by researchers who study health systems or health services.

The purpose of this minor is to provide PhD students with a new minor option that helps them develop conceptual and methodological depth in social science or related reference disciplines that are frequently drawn on by researchers who study health systems or health services, including Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Biostatistics, and Communication Studies. Because these areas of study often employ related concepts and methods, this minor will allow students to take minor courses that cut across departments and programs while still provide depth in a non-major area of study.

Course Requirements

Students will complete 12 credits by choosing from the list of substantive and methods courses.

Students complete 1 or 2 of the following substantive courses:

  • ECON E581 Applied Microeconomics I
  • ECON E582 Applied Microeconomics II
  • ECON E521 Microeconomics Theory
  • ECON E583 Applied Macroeconomics


  • PSY 572 Organizational Psychology
  • PSY 570 Staffing
  • PSY-I 647 Attitudes and Social Cognition


  • SOC R515 Sociology of Health and Illness
  • SOC R556 Advanced Sociological Theory I
  • SOC R557 Advanced Sociological Theory II
  • SOC R585 Social Aspects of Mental Health and Mental Illness
  • SOC R560 Topics in Sociology

Communication Studies

  • COMM C500 Advanced Communication Theory
  • COMM C592 Advanced Health Communication
  • COMM C528 Group Communication and Organizations

Students complete 2 or 3 of the following methods courses:
Econometric Methods

  • ECON E570 Econometrics
  • ECON E574 Times Series and Forecasting

Psychology Methods

  • PSY 60800 Measurement Theory and the Interpretation of Data
  • PSY I643 Field Methods and Experimentation
  • PSY I583 Judgment and Decision Making in Organizations

Biostatistics and Epidemiology Methods

  • PBHL E715 Design and Implementation of Observational Studies
  • PBHL B585 Analysis and Interpretation of Observational Studies
  • PBHL B 571 Biostatistics Method I-Linear Model in Public Health (4 cr)
  • PBHL B 572 Biostatistics Method II-Categorical Data Analysis (4 cr)
  • PBHL B 573 Biostatistics Method III-Applied Survival Data Analysis (4 cr)
  • PBHL B 574 Biostatistics Method IV-Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis (3 cr)
  • PBHL B 581 Biostatistics Computing
  • B552 Fundamentals of Data Management
  • PBHL B 582 Introduction to Clinical Trials

Other Social Science Methods

  • OLS 53010 Mixed Methods Research
  • E563 Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis in Health Sciences

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