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Health Services (PHHS)   

Program Title and Classification

Health Services

Graduate Degree Program

College: Public Health


The goal of this program is to provide interdisciplinary training in research, practice, and policy analysis relevant to the planning, administration, management, and evaluation of health and public health programs. The degree program will prepare students to advance research, policy, and practice to order to improve access, cost, and quality of health services, with a particular emphasis on federal, state, and local health policy. The PhD in Health Services requires a minimum of 50 credits organized in four modules. After module 1 (required core health services research courses), students select a cognate area or track. Potential tracks are: health economics, health policy, health equity/sociology of health, and an interdisciplinary track (developed with advisor’s approval). Together with their advisor, students select 5 elective courses in the track of which 2 must be methods courses relevant to the cognate area. After completing the track coursework, students must pass a qualifying exam. All students must take an ethics course, a proposal development course and must pass an oral proposal defense to be admitted to candidacy. After candidacy, students take a graduate seminar, and dissertation credits which culminate in a doctoral dissertation and an oral dissertation defense. For further information go to

Admissions Information

Applications to the Health Services PhD program in the University of Maryland, School of Public Health are processed through the Schools of Public Health Application Services (SOPHAS).

Applications for the doctoral program in Health Services are reviewed with consideration to the following criteria:

  1. Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  2. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  3. GRE scores taken within the past 5 years
  4. 3 letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s academic capabilities and probability of success in graduate school
  5. Statement of professional goals and interests and their congruence with those of the program
  6. Relevant academic and work experience

Applicants to the Ph.D. program in Health Services should be sure to use the PHHS major code when seleting the program on the Graduate School application.

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant FallSpring
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
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International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
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Degree Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

Module 1: Health Services Research core courses (18 credits):

HLSA 711: Health Economics and Analysis (3 credits)

HLSA 787: Minority Health and Health Equity (3 credits)

HLSA 723: Health Policy Analysis and Advocacy (3 credits)

HLSA 780: Qualitative Methods for Health Services Research (3 credits) or HLSA 790: Advanced Methods in Health Services Research (3 credits)

HLSA 725: Econometrics in Public Health (3 credits)

HLSA 714: Economic Evaluation of Medical Care (3 credits)

Module 2: Elective courses in track (15 credits)

Module 3: Dissertation courses (5 credits)

HLSA 765: Oral and Written Communication in Healthcare (3 credits)

EPIB 641: Public Health and Research Ethics (1 credit)

Elective Seminar (1 credit)

Module 4: Dissertation credits

HLSA 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research (12 credits)



Contact Statement

Please see updated information on the program, faculty, deadlines and contacts at the program website


Associated Information


Health Administration, Health Policy, Health Economics, Health Services


Health Administration (HLSA)

Health Equity (HLEQ)

Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation (HPAE)

Principles of Public Health (Z076)

Public Health Practice and Policy (PHPP)