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Ph.D. Curriculum

The PhD in Medical Sciences Degree with a Concentration in Health Outcomes and Policy is a 90-credit hour program

Please visit our Courses page for more information about each course and our Course Schedule page to see when courses are scheduled to be taught.

The curriculum is comprised of:

  • 8 Core Courses
  • 4 Methods Courses
  • 1 Outcomes and Policy Course
  • 2 Translational Courses
  • Advanced Electives (9 credits)
  • Research (40-44 hours)

Core Courses – 23 credits

  • GMS 6851: Health Outcomes Research, Program Evaluation, and Implementation Science
  • GMS 6861 / STA 6166: Applied Biostatistics 1 -or- Statistical Methods in Research 1
  • GMS 6862 / STA 6167: Applied Biostatistics 2 -or- Statistical Methods in Research 2
  • GMS 6885: Research Designs in Health Outcomes & Policy
  • GMS 6822: Measuring and Analyzing Health Outcomes
  • GMS 6931: Ethical and Policy Issues in Clinical Research
  • GMS 7886: Health Outcomes and Policy PhD Seminar: Applied Research
  • GMS 7887: Health Outcomes and Policy PhD Research Seminar

Methods Courses – Select 4 Courses (8-11 credits)

  • GMS 6826: Advanced Design and Methodology for Case Control Studies
  • GMS 6829: Longitudinal Research Design
  • GMS 6832: Economic Methods for Evaluating Value in Health Care
  • GMS 6844: Experimental and Quasi-experimental Research Designs for Community Settings
  • GMS 6846: Meta-Analysis in Clinical, Health Services Research, & Public Health
  • GMS 6803: Data Management in Clinical Research
  • GMS 6850: Foundations of Biomedical Informatics
  • GMS 6818: Design & Conduct of Clinical Trials 1
  • GMS 6819: Design & Conduct of Clinical Trials 2

Outcomes and Policy Courses – Select 1 Course (2-3 credits)

  • GMS 6833: Health Care Policy and Vulnerable Populations
  • GMS 6834: Health Policy and the Formation of Payment Mechanisms for Health Care
  • GMS 6835: Health Policy Issues in Children
  • GMS 6812: Cancer Health Outcomes Assessment
  • GMS 6802: Examining Health Outcomes for Chronic Diseases in Clinical and Community-Based Research
  • MEL 7954: Health Care Economics

Translational Courses – Select 2 Courses (4 credits)

  • GMS 6852: Community Engaged Research for Clinical Effectiveness and Implementation Science Studies
  • GMS 6853: Applied Topics in Dissemination and Implementation Science
  • GMS 6854: Applied Topics in Clinical Effectiveness Research
  • GMS 7093: Introduction to Clinical & Translational Research
  • GMS 6893: CTS Seminar Series

Advanced Electives – 9 credits

Research – 40-44 hours

  • GMS 7979: Advanced Research
  • GMS 7980: Research for Doctoral Dissertation