Health Services Research
Fellowships, Research Training and Postdoctoral Opportunities
The Health Services Research Training Program has been preparing leaders for careers in academia, public health, government and the health industry for over twenty-five years.
The training offers multidisciplinary and applied research opportunities at the UW and 18 research partners, including government agencies, health organizations, and universities in the 5-state region. Mentoring is provided by individual experts, research teams, and program leaders.
The program and its research partners have an excellent record of producing highly-qualified researchers. The average graduate writes 2-3 journal articles in training and 90% have pursued careers in health services research.
- Trainees obtain advanced substantive knowledge of health policy, the health care system, social determinants and population health.
- Trainees pursue individual interests by taking courses in an area of emphasis, such as evaluative science, maternal and child health, health economics and finance.
- Trainees get rigorous training in research methods, communication skills and translation of research into practice.
Physicians and trainees with a PhD in a non-health services field generally choose to pursue an MPH or MS degree. The majority of our postdoctoral trainees have been physicians with an interest in clinical research. They recognize that the skills obtained with this degree can accelerate their research careers. Our long history of training postdoctoral students in health services research has resulted in many excellent physician role models for fellows to emulate. We admit physicians from primary care and subspecialties, which creates a stimulating intellectual environment.
Trainees who already have a PhD in a health services-related field often prefer to develop an independent research program. They pursue individually-tailored coursework, gain research skills and guide their career toward a junior faculty position by writing grants, such as K awards.Predoctoral Trainees:
Predoctoral trainees generally pursue a PhD.