Health Services Research
This MPH degree is administered jointly with the department of health administration and is designed for persons with interests that include assessment of health-care organization and maintenance. Students gain the skills needed for health services administration and epidemiologic research in the health organization setting. Topics include cost-benefit, productivity, quality assessment, and exposure/outcomes research. Graduates from this program should have broad employment opportunities which range from administration of health-care organizations to research leadership within the health care field.
The program in health services research provides the skills necessary to:
1. Evaluate health-care organization and management using epidemiologic research methods and health administration knowledge.
2. Apply outcomes research methods to assess different aspects of health-care quality, e.g., patient perception, treatment, procedures, etc.
3. Apply decision-tree analysis in decision-making processes and strategic planning.
4. Evaluate the role of clinical policies/guidelines.
5. Assist in developing policies for treatment/control of diseases within the health-care environment.
Two courses in biological science (preferred courses include anatomy, physiology, pathology, microbiology, etc.)
College algebra or equivalent (calculus preferred)
(may be taken during first two quarters of program in addition to units required for degree)
HADM-541-Financial Accounting for Health Care --Organizations (3) or one course in ----accounting
Public health core courses (20 units)
Research and department forums
Students are required to attend a minimum of ten forums in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and/or Center for Health Research forums during their program. Attendance at these forums will be in addition to attendance at the public health seminars.
Students are required to secure and maintain membership in an approved professional society, such as the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Health administration colloquia
Participation is required in a minimum of ten noncredit colloquia designed to acquaint students with various aspects of the health care industry. Attendance at these colloquia will be in addition to attendance at the public health seminars.
In order to obtain the degree, the student must successfully complete an appropriate culminating activity as determined by both departments.