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School of Public Health
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PhD Program in Health Services


The University of Washington's PhD Program in Health Services distinguishes itself by providing a curriculum that balances comprehensive instruction in the determinants and disparities of population health with knowledge of the health care system and health policy. The program also provides rigorous methodological training in several key disciplines, enabling students to conduct interdisciplinary research with practical applications for policy and practice. Finally, each student chooses an area of emphasis, in which they acquire comprehensive knowledge of theory, content, and methods.

Program Strengths:

  • Excellent mentoring and flexible programs of study
  • Rigorous and comprehensive curriculum
  • Strong and productive relationship with local research centers and medical institutions
  • Committed to providing financial support in the form of traineeships and research assistantships
  • Exceptional record of student publication
  • Average time to degree is 3.6 years
  • Strong record of alumni placement

UW Strengths:

  • Distinguished faculty committed to working with students
    (The PhD program faculty involve many of the 60+ regular and research faculty in the Department of Health Services, along with faculty from other UW departments and research centers. )
  • School of Public Health ranked 6th overall by US News and World Report
  • Master of Health Administration Program (also housed in the Department of Health Services) is consistently ranked among the top health management programs by US News and World Report
  • UW ranks first among public universities in research funding.
    (leading to many opportunities for student research)
  • UW provides health leadership across the Pacific Northwest
    (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming)
  • Location in the beautiful and affordable Pacific Northwest