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Health Services and Policy, Ph.D.

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University rank #161 (BCR) Iowa City, IA, United States
The Doctor of Philosophy program in health services and policy requires a minimum of 79 s.h. of graduate credit, which may include up to 30 s.h. of credit from a master's degree. The program prepares students for careers in health services research, education, and policy leadership in universities, government agencies, and health organizations.
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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 course work and an apprenticeship model of training.

Individual plans of study allow students to prepare for specific careers, and small class size encourages frequent student-faculty interaction, including participation in research projects as well as scholarly publications.

The Ph.D. in health services and policy has three focus areas: health economics, health management and organization, or health policy. Admitted students may not change focus areas unless they are formally reviewed and accepted to the new area. Students work with a faculty advisor and a mentorship team of faculty members from their focus area; the advisor and mentorship team participate in initial planning with a student during orientation and in annual professional development reviews. Students conduct required independent study and thesis research in their focus area; their comprehensive exam and dissertation committees include faculty members from their focus area.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Health Insurance and Managed Care
  • Seminar in Contemporary Health Issues
  • Seminar in Instruction and Professional Development
  • Essentials of Public Health
  • Epidemiology I: Principles

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English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Apply Online: To begin the general graduate application process, set up an account with an existing email address and password
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • An application for graduate funding
  • A master’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00, or the foreign equivalent as determined by the Office of Admissions
  • English Proficiency Requirements: International applicants whose first language is not English must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for admission to the university

Tuition Fee

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    33009 USD/year
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  • National

    34365 USD/year
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  • In-State

    15909 USD/year
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Living costs for Iowa City

  • 1187 - 1850 USD/month
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