Health Services Management and Policy - PhD

Ohio State’s health services management and policy PhD is a highly interdisciplinary program with students from a variety of backgrounds, including business, social sciences, physical and life sciences, and humanities. Doctoral education, training and hands-on research experiences in the College of Public Health will help you land a career in a high-impact setting such as faculty at a major research institution, research leadership at non-profits, analysts in government agencies and leaders at health care delivery systems.


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Research Expertise

As a PhD student, you will be mentored by distinguished faculty scholars who are national leaders in health care management, health policy, health systems research, quality-of-care measurement and improvement, health finance and health economics. You’ll be highly engaged in research programs funded by federal and state agencies, private foundations, community groups and health care organizations.

Health care management

Health policy analysis

Health services research

Quality-of-care measurement and improvement

Health finance

Health economics

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Program of study

The PhD curriculum is a total of 80 credits, with up to 30 credits that can be applied to the degree from related graduate training programs (a max of 20 credits can be applied to dissertation research). The program provides students with an understanding of the various factors affecting health care spending, health care policy formation, quality of care, patient safety, financial viability of health care systems, the role of health technology and ways of improving the delivery of care.

Sample curriculum


Funding opportunities

Ohio State offers paid research, teaching and administrative assistantships as well as competitive fellowships and other grant opportunities. Learn more about how financial support is awarded to graduate students.

Graduate funding


How to apply

Dec. 1

Priority deadline

Feb. 1

Regular deadline

Every applicant's file is reviewed holistically. Relevant work experience, community service activities, leadership and communication skill along with motivation and commitment to improve deliver and financing of health services. Our prepared list of requirements will help you prepare your application.

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