Health Sciences Integrated Program PhD

Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.

PhD

The Health Sciences Integrated Program requires:

  • Coursework (see track-specific requirements below).
  • Two written Qualifying Exams and an oral defense.
  • Teaching experience.
  • Written Dissertation Proposal and an oral defense.
  • Doctoral Dissertation and an oral defense.

Health and Biomedical Informatics Track

Informatics is the study of information: how you collect it, how you organize it, and how you use it to solve problems. Health and Biomedical Informatics is informatics applied to healthcare and biomedical research. This track contains many different sub-fields that use similar techniques and tools but apply them to different problem areas. 

Total Units Required: 13 or 13.5

Course Title
Required Courses
HSIP 400-1Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Doctoral Colloquium
HSIP 401-0Introduction to Health Measurement Science
HSIP 440-0Introduction to Medical Informatics
HSIP 441-0
HSIP 442-0
HSIP 443-0
Health and Biomedical Informatics Methods I
and Biomedical Informatics Methods II
and Biomedical Informatics Methods III
BIOSTAT 302-0Introduction to Biostatistics
BIOSTAT 402-0Intermediate Biostatistics
HSR 462-0Topics in Health Services Research: Grant Writing (0.5 credit ) 1
Choose one Health Care and Biomedical Knowledge:
HQS 420-0Introduction to US Health Care System
HSR 470-0Federal Policy Making and Health Care Reform
IGP 401-0Biochemistry I
IGP 405-0Cell Biology
IGP 410-0Molecular Biology
IGP 430-0Genetics
PUB_HLTH 301-0Behavior, Society & Health
PUB_HLTH 420-0Introduction to US Health Care System
Choose one Computation:
BIOSTAT 305-0Applied Statistical Programming in SAS
Electives
Choose at least three of the following: 2
HQS 440-0Fundamental Methods for Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety
HSR 425-0Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Health Services & Outcomes Research
HSR 433-0Health Economics and Healthcare Financing
HSR 460-0Ethical Issues in Health Services Research
IBIS 401-0Molecular Biophysics
IBIS 403-0The Human Proteome: Defining Variation and Modifications of Protein Molecules
IBIS 407-0Genetics & Epigenetics
IBIS 410-0Quantitative Biology
IGP 422-0Introduction to Translational Research
IGP 466-0Structural Basis of Signal Transduction
PUB_HLTH 425-0Introduction to GIS and Spatial Analysis for Public Health
PUB_HLTH 445-0Writing and Peer Reviewing for Scientific Publication

Health Services and Outcomes Research Track

This track covers a multidisciplinary field of scientific investigation that studies how social factors, financing systems, organizational structures and processes, health technologies, and personal behaviors affect access to health care, the quality and cost of health care, and ultimately our health and well-being. Its research domains are individuals, families, organizations, institutions, communities, and populations. 

Total Units Required: 14.5

Course Title
Required Courses
HSIP 400-1Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Doctoral Colloquium
HSIP 401-0Introduction to Health Measurement Science
HSR 425-0Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Health Services & Outcomes Research
HSR 433-0Health Economics and Healthcare Financing
HSR 456-0Applied Qualitative Methods and Analysis for Health Researchers
HSR 460-0Ethical Issues in Health Services Research
HSR 462-0Topics in Health Services Research: Grant Writing (0.5 credit)
HSR 465-0Intermediate Quantitative Methods in Health Services & Outcomes Research
PUB_HLTH 302-0Introduction to Biostatistics
PUB_HLTH 421-0Intermediate Biostatistics
PUB_HLTH 438-0Survey Design & Methodology
PUB_HLTH 445-0Writing and Peer Reviewing for Scientific Publication
Recommended Electives
Choose at least three of the following: 1
HSIP 440-0Introduction to Medical Informatics
HSR 470-0Federal Policy Making and Health Care Reform
PUB_HLTH 323-0Health Equity

Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety Track

This track focuses on the knowledge, skills, and methods required for improving healthcare delivery systems in regard to quality and safety. The topics covered include: healthcare quality context and measurement, changing systems of care delivery, healthcare disparities, accountability and public policy, safety interventions and practices, health information technology, simulation and the sciences of teamwork, human factors, risk assessment methods, and leadership and governance. 

Total Units Required: 13

Course Title
Required Courses
HSIP 400-1Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Doctoral Colloquium
HSIP 401-0Introduction to Health Measurement Science
HQS 401-0Introduction to Healthcare Quality
HQS 402-0Introduction to Patient Safety
HQS 420-0Introduction to US Health Care System
HQS 440-0Fundamental Methods for Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety
HQS 501-0Advanced Healthcare Quality
HQS 502-0Advanced Patient Safety
HQS 510-0The Business of Healthcare Quality and Safety Improvement
PUB_HLTH 445-0Writing and Peer Reviewing for Scientific Publication
Choose one Research Design:
BIOSTAT 301-0Introduction to Epidemiology
HSR 425-0Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Health Services & Outcomes Research
Electives
Choose at least two of the following: 1
BIOSTAT 402-0Intermediate Biostatistics
HSR 433-0Health Economics and Healthcare Financing
HSR 456-0Applied Qualitative Methods and Analysis for Health Researchers
HSR 470-0Federal Policy Making and Health Care Reform
MHB 401-0Foundations of Bioethics
MHB 402-0Medicine & Law
MHB 403-0The History of Medicine and Bioethics
MORS 430-0Leadership in Organizations
MORS 452-0Leading the Strategic Change Process
MORS 460-0Leading and Managing Teams
PUB_HLTH 301-0Behavior, Society & Health
PUB_HLTH 415-0Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: Principles and Application
PUB_HLTH 431-0Basic Decision Analysis and Models of Medical Decision Making
PUB_HLTH 438-0Survey Design & Methodology
PUB_HLTH 439-0Qualitative Research Methods
PUB_HLTH 444-0Advanced Decision Analysis
PUB_HLTH 449-0Public Health Policy

Social Sciences and Health Track

The educational mission of this track is to prepare its graduates for scholarly and research careers in patient centered outcomes, their mechanisms, and intervention applications via training at the scientific interface of biomedical and social sciences. Particular emphasis is placed on measurement of quality of life, behavioral and functional outcomes, applications that improve quality of life, health and health care at the individual and systems levels, as well as the developmental mechanisms that shape these outcomes across the lifespan. The overarching goal of this track is to train scientists who are experts in a particular area of patient-centered outcomes research (e.g. outcomes sciences, developmental mechanisms, behavior and health), while also developing proficiency in multiple areas of relevance to leading an innovative team. 

Total Units Required: 14.5

Course Title
Required Courses
HSIP 400-1Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Doctoral Colloquium
HSIP 401-0Introduction to Health Measurement Science
HSIP 430-0Introduction to Social Sciences and Health
BIOSTAT 301-0Introduction to Epidemiology
or HSR 425-0 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Health Services & Outcomes Research
BIOSTAT 302-0Introduction to Biostatistics
or PUB_HLTH 302-0 Introduction to Biostatistics
BIOSTAT 402-0Intermediate Biostatistics
or PUB_HLTH 421-0 Intermediate Biostatistics
HSR 460-0Ethical Issues in Health Services Research 1
HSR 462-0Topics in Health Services Research: Grant Writing (0.5 credit)
PUB_HLTH 301-0Behavior, Society & Health
PUB_HLTH 445-0Writing and Peer Reviewing for Scientific Publication
Choose one of the following required courses:
ANTHRO 306-0Evolution of Life Histories
PSYCH 401-2Proseminar--Social and Personality Basesof Behavior
STAT 348-0Applied Multivariate Analysis
Recommended Electives
Choose four elective courses from the following: 2
HSR 465-0Intermediate Quantitative Methods in Health Services & Outcomes Research
HSR 470-0Federal Policy Making and Health Care Reform
PSYCH 405-0Psychometric Theory
PSYCH 451-1Statistics in Experimental Design
PUB_HLTH 323-0Health Equity
PUB_HLTH 438-0Survey Design & Methodology