Ph.D. On Campus

Health Services and Policy

The University of Iowa

24 months
34697 USD/year
34697 USD/year
16378 USD/year
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The PhD in Health Services and Policy is awarded by the Graduate College at The University of Iowa. Instruction is offered through the College of Public Health's Department of Health Management and Policy.


The Doctor of Philosophy program in Health Services and Policy from The University of Iowa requires a minimum of 72 s.h. of graduate credit. Students must maintain a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.25 to earn the degree. Those who enter with a master's degree can apply to use transfer credit toward their doctorate degree with approval of the health services and policy program.

Key Features 

  • The Ph.D. program is oriented toward applied, interdisciplinary research and scholarly inquiry. Students develop mastery of theories and research methodologies necessary to study the complex American health system. 
  • They work closely with faculty mentors on research projects and develop research design and methodology skills through coursework and an apprenticeship model of training.

Programme Structure

Focus Areas

  • The health economics focus area provides students with in-depth training in economic theory and its applications to health and health care. 
  • Students in this area acquire advanced theoretical knowledge and state-of-the-art analytical and econometric skills that enable them to build careers as health economists in academic departments, research organizations, and health care industries. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


77 alternative credits


On Campus

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must have earned a Bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited college of university. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in health, business, economic, social science, or related areas who are interested in research in health services and policy are encouraged to apply to the Ph.D. program. 
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on undergraduate course work and 3.25 on graduate course work is preferred.
  • GRE scores are not required, but are optional for fall 2021 applicants.
  • TOEFL (or IELTS) scores are required for international students except permanent residents or those who have earned a degree from an accredited institution in the US, Canada (except Quebec), Australia, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom. The minimum recommended scores are: paper 600, computer 250, and internet 100. The minimum recommended IELTS score is 7.0.
  • Relevant work, research and/or volunteer experience is considered.
  • Interview. 

Tuition Fee

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    34697 USD/year
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  • National

    34697 USD/year
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  • In-State

    16378 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 16378 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Iowa City

1187 - 1841 USD /month
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