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Program Strengths

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 both on-campus research centers and local 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  (44 program faculty, 63 regular and research faculty in department)
  • School of Public Health ranked 6th overall by US News and World Report
  • Master of Health Administration Programs (housed in the Department of Health Services) ranked 8th 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