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Areas of Emphasis

Students are required to complete an "area of emphasis" taking a minimum of five courses or 15 credits in specialized theory or methods courses. The area of emphasis is typically chosen after the first year.

Students may choose one of the defined areas, or may design an area of emphasis with courses selected in conjunction with his/her mentor, based on past course work, experience, proposed dissertation topic, and career goals. Students who choose two areas of emphasis must meet the course requirements of both.

Prospective students are welcome to contact faculty representatives of the areas of emphasis to learn of current research activities and opportunities.


Evaluative Sciences & Statistics

Lead Faculty:   David Grembowski

This area of emphasis provides the student with advanced methods and analytic skills. The student may choose to acquire in-depth skills in a specific field, such as evaluation, econometrics, or statistical techniques; or, the student may choose a combination of courses that provide skills in a broader area, such as survey research methods, outcomes assessment, or qualitative methods. In any case, the goal is to develop in-depth knowledge of research methods and analytical techniques that can be applied to the dissertation topic in health services research.

Required Courses: 
Assessing Outcomes in Health & Medicine (3)
With the guidance of your mentor, choose at least four additional courses. At least two of the four additional courses must be from the Statistics list. A minimum of 15 credits must be earned.
Statistical Methods in Genetic Epidemiology (3)
Categorical Data Analysis (4)
Survival Data Analysis (4)
Correlated Data Regression (3)
CS&SS 508
Introduction to R for Social Scientists (1)
CS&SS 510
Maximum Likelihood Methods for the Social Sciences (5)
CS&SS 526
Structural Equation Models for the Social Sciences (3)
CS&SS 529
Sample Survey Techniques (3)
CS&SS 536
Analysis of Categorical and Count Data (3)
CS&SS 560
Hierarchical Modeling for the Social Sciences (4)
CS&SS 564
Bayesian Statistics for the Social Sciences (4)
CS&SS 566
Causal Modeling (4)
CS&SS 567
Statistical Analysis of Social Networks (4)
CS&SS 589
Multivariate Data Analysis for the Social Sciences (3)
STAT 516, 517, 518
Stochastic Modeling of Scientific Data (4,4,4)
STAT 519
Time Series Analysis (3)
STAT 542
Multivariate Analysis (3)
Bayesian Statistical Methods (3)
Evaluation and Cost-effectiveness
Economic Evaluation in Health & Medicine (3)
ECON 454
Cost-Benefit Analysis (5)
ECON 580
Econometrics I (4)
ECON 581
Econometrics II (4)
Survey Methods
Survey Research Methods (4)
Sample Survey Techniques (3)
SOC WL 590
Psychosocial Scale Construction and Measurement (3)
Survey Research Methodology & Theory (3)
Advanced Educational Measurements (3)
Item Response Theory Models of Testing (3)
GH 533
Population Health Measurement (4)
EPI 515
Topics in Epidemiological Methods (3)
EPI 528
Exposure Measurement in Epidemiology (3)
EPI 542
Clinical Epidemiology (2)
EPI 570
Occupational & Environmental Epidemiology (2)
EPI 573
Methods in Using Biological Measurements (3)
Design of Medical Studies (3)
Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis of Evidence (3)
MEBI 541
Introduction to Systematic Reviews & Meta-analysis of Evidence (2)
PB AF 513
Public Policy Analysis (3)
Qualitative Methods
Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health (3)
Qualitative Methods in Health Services Research (3)
GEOG 426
Qualitative Methods in Geography (4)
EDPSY 586, 587
Qualitative Methods of Educational Research (5)