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Ph.D. in Medical Sciences, Health Outcomes & Policy

The University of Florida’s Ph.D. in Medical Sciences with a concentration in Health Outcomes and Policy offers advanced training in health services research and implementation and prevention science. Graduates are equipped to conduct health outcomes assessments and clinical effectiveness research in a range of biomedical, clinical and community settings.

The Department of Health Outcomes and Policy’s doctoral program aligns with current national initiatives, including the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, which clearly emphasize the growing importance of health outcomes research across the nation and in all areas of medical research. In particular, this program emphasizes scientific methods for translating research into practice and policy. The doctoral degree, which is available on UF’s campus, is ideal for those interested in pursuing a career in health outcomes and policy research, translational science and prevention science.

Gain expertise in translational science and research methodology

Students who complete the Ph.D. in Medical Sciences with a Health Outcomes and Policy concentration will learn to:

  • develop, implement and evaluate unique clinical and community-based programs and interventions that aim to promote health and improve specific health outcomes.
  • design and conduct independent research projects using advanced methodologies on the individual, social and health care delivery system factors influencing health outcomes.
  • engage in rigorous health outcomes assessments and clinical effectiveness research across the lifespan.
  • compile, manage and assess biomedical informatics and health records databases and apply advanced statistical methods to research endeavors.
  • evaluate the effects of health policies on health outcomes, health care access, quality of care and costs from a variety of perspectives, which are integrated into effective research projects.
  • contribute to methods development that will further advance health outcomes and translational research.
  • translate evidence-based treatments and programs into health practice and policy through dissemination and implementation science methodologies.

Conduct research in the fields of implementation or prevention science

Each student will conduct a self-directed research project with faculty mentorship. Students are expected to design and execute a unique research study that will lead to a dissertation and a publishable manuscript. Enrollment in the program is limited to ensure one-on-one faculty mentorship with experts in the field of health care research design, prevention science and biomedical informatics.

Students can take advantage of the multiple interdisciplinary partnerships available across the University of Florida, one of the top land-grant universities in the Southeast, as well as multiple health science centers, such as the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the Bioinformatics Center and the Institute for Child Health Policy, which has close ties to the Department of Health Outcomes and Policy.