Health Services Doctor of Philosophy

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Advance the Future of Public Health Research

3-5 Years / Full Time / Seattle, WA

The University of Washington Health Services Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program trains the next generation of health services researchers and prepares them to become leaders in the field. Our graduates pursue research careers in top-tier universities, research and policy-making organizations, the health care industry, and government agencies. Recognizing the complex issues facing health services today and tomorrow, Health Services Ph.D. faculty and staff are committed to training students who will contribute to the health of diverse populations by producing high-quality, collaborative research on important topics and translating the results to practice and policy.

The Health Services Ph.D. program consistently ranks among the best in the United States. Our program offers exceptional instruction in research methods, evaluation, health care systems, health policy research, anti-racism, and the social determinants of health (the conditions of where people live, learn, work, worship and/or play).

Join our program and help make a difference in public health research.

Gain Unique Training

Our interdisciplinary Ph.D. program stands apart from others because of our team, curriculum, dedication to including anti-racist pedagogy in classrooms, and ongoing support for students and alumni.

Advance Public Health Research

All Ph.D. students are required to write a dissertation that significantly advances the state of knowledge in their chosen field, including having work published in academic journals.

Receive Expert Mentorship

Faculty are involved locally, nationally, and internationally in health services research and policy. They play an important role in improving health and shaping health care systems and policy worldwide.

Join Our Success

Our program attracts and welcomes strong scholars from unique and diverse backgrounds who have a passion for research. We aim to match each incoming student with funding and strong mentorship.

Application Dates

Application Opens
September 1, 2024

December 10, 2024

Note: The program is no longer accepting applications for Autumn 2024 entry.

Information Sessions

Prospective Health Services Ph.D. students can register for and attend an information session to learn more about the program.

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Alumni Connections

Health Services Ph.D. alumni can stay connected, learn about what their peers are doing, and support future public health professionals.

Support Students

Help support future public health leaders today! Make a gift to a scholarship fund, such as the Health Systems Excellence, Equity, and Distinction (HSEED) Award.