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.
Master’s degree in a related field
Prerequisite courses or their equivalent (Foundations of Public Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics)
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;
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.
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