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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: Brad Kramer Teams Up with UW Faculty and Students to Organize Wildfire Smoke Risk Symposium

Brad Kramer Teams Up to Organize Wildfire Smoke Risk Symposium

Brad Kramer was part of the team of UW SPH faculty and students that organized the Wildfire Smoke Risk Communication Stakeholder Symposium, held on October 30, 2018. The symposium brought the University of Washington climate change research community together with more than 100 local, state, tribal, and federal practitioners working on wildfire smoke and health issues in Washington State.   read more...

photo: Dr. David Kim Uses Risk-Targeted Incentive Programs to Save Lives

Dr. David Kim Uses Risk-Targeted Incentive Programs to Save Lives

Low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) is a proven, high-value service for lung cancer screening, but it is significantly underused. Dr. David Kim and his colleagues conducted a study to simulate the health and economic impacts of implementing risk-targeted incentive programs aimed at increasing LDCT uptake preferentially among higher-risk people.   read more...

Amy Edmonds Finds High-Risk Opioid Prescribing Persists in Rural WA

PhD student Amy Edmonds has collaborated on new research commissioned by the Washington State Department of Health to assess differences in opioid prescribing trends by county-level economic conditions and urban-rural classification, using both Washington state PDMP data and Area Health Resource File data.   read more...