The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University offers exceptionally talented individuals the opportunity to undertake a physician-scientist training program tailored to their specific research interests. During a period of 6–8 years, students meet the degree requirements of both a graduate school and the medical school, thus acquiring the knowledge, skills, and experience to begin careers in some of the most exciting areas of medical research.
The PhD Program in Health Services Research and Policy at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health, in the Department of Health Policy and Management, is one of 22 graduate programs participating in the MSTP that foster the development of future biomedical researchers by providing the highest quality of graduate medical training. The PhD program in Health Services Research and Policy was created to meet an ongoing need for public health researchers who focus on cost, access and quality of the health care system.
The graduate program provides students with the knowledge and skills to lead research programs in a range of institutional settings including...
- Not-for-profit research organizations and think-tanks
- State and federal government agencies
- Health systems
- Health plans and managed care organizations
The Institute of Medicine defines Health Services Research as a “Multi-disciplinary field of inquiry, both basic and applied, that examines the use, costs, quality, accessibility, delivery, organization, financing and outcomes of health care services to increase knowledge and understanding of the structures, processes and effects of health services for individuals and populations.”
The mission of the Doctoral Program in Health Policy and Management is to train students for excellence in conducting health services research and teaching health services research and policy.
Students undertake a rigorous program of study that encompasses research skills and quantitative analysis and provides a strong theoretical grounding in health policy, economics, statistics, health behavior, law and ethics. Students will develop an area of expertise, for example...
- Health economics
- Clinical decision sciences and modeling
- Policy and public programs