Dec 04, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Services Research, PhD

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The PhD program in Health Services Research at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health prepares professionals for a career in conducting data-driven health services research. This unique program strongly emphasizes applied health services research skills, including study design, data management, statistics and other quantitative methods. There are opportunities to organize coursework based on interests such as health economics or health outcomes.

Graduates will be prepared to address the practical challenges of conducting health services research in the multidisciplinary research environments of academia, government, consulting and industry. The mentored research program will prepare independent researchers skilled at designing and conducting health services research, leveraging a variety of study designs, primary data collection approaches, and primary and secondary databases to inform healthcare delivery and health policy. 


Admission Requirements  

  • SOPHAS application (deadline June 1 for US applicants; April 1 for international applicants) 

  • Master’s degree in a related field 

  • Prerequisite courses or their equivalent (Foundations of Public Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics) 

  • Personal Statement 

  • The PhD HSR program is test optional for fall 2021 applicants.  You may submit GRE or GMAT scores if you wish. 

  • Official TOEFL or IELTS score for international students 

  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions 

  • International transcripts (International Students ONLY - must be evaluated by WES

  • Three recommendations (contact information only) - at least one from a faculty member who taught or supervised applicant;  

  • CV/Resume 

Students who are admitted to the PhD program will be required to complete a secondary UK Graduate School application at least one month before the start of classes to accept admission to the program. 


Degree Requirements 

Program Curriculum  

Semester 1 (Fall Year 1):  12 credit hours


Semester 2 (Spring Year 1):  12 credit hours


Semester 3 (Summer Year 1): 3 credit hours 


Semester 4 (Fall Year 2):  12 credit hours


Semester 5 (Spring Year 2):  11 credit hours

Semester 6 (Summer Year 2)

  • Doctoral Candidate Examination 
  • Dissertation Proposal Defense 


Semesters 7 (Fall Year 3): 2 credit hours


Semester 8 (Spring Year 3):  2 credit hours

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