Health Services Management and Policy - PhD

The American health care system is growing dramatically and now employs more professionals than any other industry in the United States. Health Services Management & Policy provides students with an understanding of the various factors affecting 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.

HSMP faculty consists of distinguished scholars, who are national leaders in the areas of health care management, health policy analysis, health services research, quality-of-care measurement and improvement, health finance and health economics. The division is growing rapidly and we are continuing to recruit new faculty to add to the breadth and depth of our expertise in all aspects of health care.

The HSMP division's research programs currently receive research funding from a variety of federal and state agencies, private foundations, community groups, and corporations. The affiliated Center for Health Outcomes, Policy, and Evaluation Studies (Center for HOPES) has numerous applied research projects in process, aimed at improving health care outcomes and the effectiveness of health care delivery.

Students admitted to the PhD degree program are assigned faculty advisors who will provide guidance throughout the program.

Program of Study

The PhD-HBP curriculum requires 50 semester credits beyond a master’s degree for a total of 80 credits. Of the 80 credits, a maximum of 30 credits may be applied to the degree, with a maximum of 20 credits applied for dissertation research. Requirements include:

1. Major field (25 credits)
2. Research methods (24 credits)
3. Minor field (15 credits)
4. Electives (7 credits)
5. Dissertation (9-20 credits)

For detailed additional information about specific requirements, students are directed to the College of Public Health (CPH) Graduate Student Handbook and to the Ohio State University Graduate School Handbook.

Recommended Preparation

Health Sciences Management and Policy (HSMP) is highly interdisciplinary and thus prospective students come from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds including business, social sciences, physical and life sciences, and humanities. The student's record must show evidence of good analytical and communication capabilities and quantitative skills. Undergraduate coures in economics and statistics are recommended for all HSMP applicants.

Every applicant's file is reviewed as a whole. Factors such as relevant prior work experience, community service activities, leadership, and communication skill are considered. In addition, the program evaluates the applicant's motivation for and commitment to assuming a leadership role in improving the delivery and financing of health services, both as found in the applicant's statement of purpose for graduate study, and as evidenced by prior activities and experience. Applicants need to be aware that admission is competitive, and they must show evidence of strong academic performance and potential.

For information regarding application materials, test scores and codes, and decision timelines see our frequently asked questions page.


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