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The primary mission of the Ph.D. in health services research is to develop leaders and problem solvers whose professional services will improve the health of the population not only in Eastern Virginia but also statewide, nationally, and internationally. Health services researchers examine health care quality and effectiveness, primary and managed care, new technologies, and other critical health services and related public health research practice topics. Health services researchers pursue careers in many settings, including academia, industry, professional organizations, research centers, health policy groups, clinical settings, and in federal, state, local, and international agencies.
The goals of the program are to enable students to conduct and interpret health services research, to formulate and analyze public health policy, to lead programs and organizations that address the health care needs of populations and to work directly with community members to empower them to be a part of the policy formulation process.
Graduates from the program will develop the critical skills necessary to integrate knowledge and competencies applicable to public health and health services questions and problems.
Students will be able to design viable programs, manage resources, and measure the effectiveness of service delivery public health interventions to populations.
Students have the option of selecting the 3-article format to satisfy the dissertation requirement.
Students are matched with a research mentor upon entrance to the program.
Graduates from this major have gone to work at
This course will introduce the student to the political, social, cultural and ethical issues involved in disease prevention and health promotion globally. Specific emphasis will be on incidence/prevalence, morbidity/mortality, and identified health problems in specific regions and countries. This course will also identify international health prerogatives aimed at improving health status through education and intervention.
Uses theory and research findings from areas such as Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Urban Studies, and Health Services to achieve an understanding of health services issues and problems. Emphasizes methods of analysis and of developing alternatives related to multidisciplinary perspectives.
Designed as a hand-on approach in effective grantsmanship, this course will guide the student from the identification of potential funding sources through proposal development. Highlights include program planning, nonprofit status, governmental/foundation corporate trends, local resources and grants administration.
Students entering the Doctor of Philosophy program in Health Services Research should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)
Students are admitted to the Ph.D. program during the fall term only. Applications for admission are reviewed by the Ph.D. in Health Services Research Program admissions committee. Complete the application form and submit all required materials to the Office of Admissions, Old Dominion University.
To qualify for admission, an applicant must meet the general University admission requirements at the graduate level as well as specific program requirements, including:
A completed master’s degree from a program that is accredited by a specialized accrediting agency; degrees such as M.D., J.D., and D.D.S. are also acceptable;
A minimum acceptable grade point average of 3.50 (on a 4.0 scale) overall for the master’s degree;
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required although strongly recommended.
For those whose native language is not English a TOEFL score of at least 550 (79 for internet-based test);
Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended;
A current curriculum vitae or resume;
Three letters of reference from sources capable of commenting on the applicant’s readiness and commitment for doctoral studies. At least two, and preferably all letters should be from academic sources; other letters must be from professional supervisors;
A 1500- word essay discussing the applicant’s academic and professional goals. This essay should discuss how the Ph.D. in Health Services Research program will contribute towards meeting these goals; and
An interview (Zoom or face-2-face) to discuss applicant's research focus and fit with the program faculty's expertise.
Complete the application form and submit all required materials to the Office of Admissions, Old Dominion University.
Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.
Qi (Harry) Zhang PhD
3130 HEALTH SCIENCES BLDG, NORFOLK, VA, 23529
1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529
2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529
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