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PhD Program in Health Services

Our program's mission is to train the next generation of health services researchers and to prepare them to provide leadership in the field. Our graduates pursue research careers in top-tier universities, research and policy-making organizations, the health care industry, and government agencies. In recognition of the complex issues facing health services today and tomorrow, we are committed to training students who will contribute to the health of diverse populations by producing high-quality research on important topics and translating the results to practice and policy.

The PhD Program in Health Services consistently ranks among the best. Our program offers exceptional instruction in research methods, evaluation, health care systems, health policy research, and the social determinants of health.

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photo: Black History Month: The Health of Black Folks

Black History Month: The Health of Black Folks

Welcome to Black History Month with the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington School of Public Health. During Black History Month, which runs from February 1-28, we will be recognizing influential African American leaders in public health, past and present. Each day, we will share a profile authored by Health Services Professor and MPH program Director Dr. Clarence Spigner.   read more...

photo: PhD Student Bradley Kramer Awarded $1.2 Million PCORI Grant for CHW Home-Visits to Combat Asthma

PhD Student Bradley Kramer Awarded $1.2 Million PCORI Grant

Second-year Health Services PhD student Bradley Kramer has been awarded a $1.2M grant by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Brad is a co-Principal Investigator of this grant, which is housed at Public Health - Seattle & King County. The project team also includes other University of Washington researchers: Dr. Jim Stout of UW Pediatrics will join Brad as Co-PI, and Dr. Bryan Weiner, Brad’s doctoral dissertation committee chair.   read more...

photo: Health Services Annual Celebration 2019

Health Services Annual Celebration 2019

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Department of Health Services Annual Celebration on Friday 1/18/19! It was an AWESOME event - over 150 attendees, an amazing and inspiring speech by Sea Mar Community Health Centers CEO and UW MHA alumnus Mr. Rogelio Riojas, great food and fun, and we raised over $2,700 for our students via gifts to the Health Services Excellence, Equity, and Distinction (HSEED) Award!   read more...