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PhD Program in Health Services


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The PhD Program in Health Services is a doctoral degree offered by the University of Washington. Since its founding in 2000, this four-year, full-time, on-campus program has equipped graduates with the knowledge and skills to improve health in diverse populations by conducting high-quality independent and collaborative research in rapidly changing health care and sociopolitical environments.

We attract strong scholars from diverse backgrounds with a passion for research, and aim to match each incoming student with funding and strong mentorship.

Our students engage in collaborative research with faculty within the department, as well as in other departments in the School of Public Health (e.g., Epidemiology, Biostatistics), and at local partner research centers, such as the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, US Department of Veterans Affairs, and Group Health Research Institute. The program is supported by pre-doctoral training grant fellowships from the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ), National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Our students are consistently employed at graduation, and our graduates pursue research careers in top-tier universities, research and policy-making organizations, the health care industry, and government agencies. Our alumni have received numerous grants and awards, and remain actively involved with the program.

The degree is offered by the Department of Health Systems and Population Health in the UW School of Public Health, which is rated ninth nationally by U.S. News & World Report.