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Health Services Research, Policy, and Administration Minor

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Contact Information
School of Public Health, MMC 819, A395 Mayo Memorial Building, 420 Delaware Street, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-626-3500 OR 1-800-774-8636)
  • Program Type: Graduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2022
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 6
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
The health services research, policy, and administration minor is available to students who are interested in the social, political, and economic forces that affect the operations, financing, and delivery of health care. The minor offers a high degree of flexibility in course selection, tailored to students' individual interests and goals. The School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Students interested in the minor are strongly encouraged to confer first with their major field advisor and director of graduate studies, and the HSRP&A director of graduate studies regarding feasibility and requirements. Approval of the HSRP&A director of graduate studies to pursue the minor is required.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Coursework offered on both the A-F and S/N grading basis must be taken A-F, with a minimum grade of B- earned for each course. The minimum cumulative GPA for minor field coursework is 3.00.
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Masters
Required Coursework (3 credits)
Select one of the following in consultation with the HSRP&A director of graduate studies:
PUBH 6556 - Health and Health Systems (3.0 cr)
or PUBH 6724 - The Health Care System and Public Health (3.0 cr)
Electives (3 credits)
Select 3 credits from the following in consultation with the HSRP&A director of graduate studies:
PUBH 6560 - Operations Research and Quality in Health Care (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6717 - Decision Analysis for Health Care (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6727 - Health Leadership and Effecting Change (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6730 - International Comparative Health Systems (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6735 - Principles of Health Policy (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6737 - Structural Racism and Health (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6744 - State Health Policy and Politics (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6745 - Rural Health (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6765 - Continuous Quality Improvement: Methods and Techniques (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6803 - Conducting a Systematic Literature Review (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6804 - Mental Health Policy (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6805 - Introduction to Project Management for Health Professionals (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6806 - Principles of Public Health Research (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6809 - Advanced Methods in Health Decision Science (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6810 - Survey Research Methods (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6813 - Managing Electronic Health Information (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6815 - Community-based Participatory Research (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6819 - Qualitative Research Theory and Methods for Health and Health Services Research (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6832 - Economics of the Health Care System (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6845 - Using Demographic Data for Policy Analysis (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6852 - Program Evaluation in Health and Mental Health Settings (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6855 - Medical Sociology (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6862 - Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6863 - Understanding Health Care Quality (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6864 - Conducting Health Outcomes Research (3.0 cr)
Doctoral
Required Coursework (12 credits)
Students choose, in consultation with the HSRP&A director of graduate studies, the standard or health economics curriculum option.
Option 1 Standard Curriculum
Required Coursework (5 to 6 credits)
Select at least 5 credits from the following in consultation with the HSRP&A director of graduate studies. Students have the option to take PubH 6735 and PubH 8801 which must be taken together. Students can choose between PubH 6556 and PubH 6724 but credit will not be granted for both.
PUBH 6556 - Health and Health Systems (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6724 - The Health Care System and Public Health (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6735 - Principles of Health Policy (3.0 cr)
PUBH 8801 - Health Services Policy Analysis: Theory (1.0 cr)
PUBH 8802 - Health Services Policy Analysis: Applications (2.0 cr)
Electives (6 to 7 credits)
Select credits from the following, in consultation with the HSRP&A director of graduate studies, to complete the 12-credit minimum:
PUBH 6717 - Decision Analysis for Health Care (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6737 - Structural Racism and Health (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6744 - State Health Policy and Politics (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6803 - Conducting a Systematic Literature Review (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6804 - Mental Health Policy (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6809 - Advanced Methods in Health Decision Science (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6810 - Survey Research Methods (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6815 - Community-based Participatory Research (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6832 - Economics of the Health Care System (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6845 - Using Demographic Data for Policy Analysis (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6855 - Medical Sociology (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6862 - Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6863 - Understanding Health Care Quality (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6864 - Conducting Health Outcomes Research (3.0 cr)
PUBH 8804 - Advanced Quantitative Methods Seminar (3.0 cr)
PUBH 8805 - Sociological Theory in Health Services Research (3.0 cr)
PUBH 8810 - Research Studies in Health Care (3.0 cr)
PUBH 8811 - Research Methods in Health Care (3.0 cr)
PUBH 8821 - Health Economics II (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6813 - Managing Electronic Health Information (2.0 cr)
PUBH 8813 - Measurement of Health-Related Social Factors (3.0 cr)
PUBH 8816 - Implementation Science (2.0 cr)
or Option 2 Health Economics Curriculum
Required Coursework (6 credits)
Take the following courses:
PUBH 6832 - Economics of the Health Care System (3.0 cr)
PUBH 8821 - Health Economics II (3.0 cr)
Electives (6 credits)
Select credits from the following, in consultation with the HSRP&A director of graduate studies, to complete the 12-credit minimum. Students selecting PUBH 6735 must also take PUBH 8801.
PUBH 6862 - Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care (3.0 cr)
PUBH 8811 - Research Methods in Health Care (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6735 - Principles of Health Policy (3.0 cr)
PUBH 8801 - Health Services Policy Analysis: Theory (1.0 cr)
 
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PUBH 6556 - Health and Health Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
U.S. health care system and health policy process, including current challenges in the areas of health care delivery, financing, and policy.
PUBH 6724 - The Health Care System and Public Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Overview of health care delivery, finance systems within public health context. Components of health care system: financing, role of employers/public programs, health care delivery system, managed care. Collaborative interventions between managed care, public health. prereq: Public health or grad student or instr consent
PUBH 6560 - Operations Research and Quality in Health Care
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Grad-level statistics/management coursework
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Using a systems perspective to develop models to analyze/improve health care operations. Identifying data needs/sources to model structures, processes, and outcomes of care. Applying quality improvement, management sciences/operations research techniques to real world health care problems. prereq: Grad-level statistics/management coursework
PUBH 6717 - Decision Analysis for Health Care
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to methods/range of applications of decision analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis in health care technology assessment, medical decision making, and health resource allocation.
PUBH 6727 - Health Leadership and Effecting Change
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Analysis of leadership models and competencies, particularly as applied to organizational change. Applications to individual self-development and to health care organizations. prereq: Public hlth MPH or MHA or certificate student or [health services research, policy/admin] MS student or instr consent
PUBH 6730 - International Comparative Health Systems
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
History and development of health systems from a socio-political perspective. Overview of relative importance and meaning of health outcomes data. Role of WHO. Students use OECD health database.
PUBH 6735 - Principles of Health Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Course Equivalencies: PubH 6735/PubH 6835.
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the policy environment that influences and shapes public health and the provision of health care services, to enhance understanding of the historical and political context of health policy, to develop strategies for analysis of health policy issues, and to communicate effectively in the policy environment. Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for PubH 6835.
PUBH 6737 - Structural Racism and Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course offers an examination of U.S. health inequities from a historical lens and discussion of present-day issues. Through the readings, discussions, and assignments in this class, students will better understand historical policies, events, and movements that have led to health inequities and connect those to contemporary issues in the United States and within the field of public health. The course takes an intersectional perspective (to race, ethnicity, gender, and class) to examine health inequities, with a specific focus on inequities related to race and racism.
PUBH 6744 - State Health Policy and Politics
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Half semester. Federal health reform debate and debate over reinstating the MN General Assistance Medical Care program. Intergovernmental relationship between the federal and state governments in health policy and finance; role of state and local policy makers and policy advocates. Political context for state health policy development.
PUBH 6745 - Rural Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course will cover some of the broad issues related to rural context, social determinants of health, health care, and health disparities, with the purpose to provide an introduction to the field of rural health. The focus of the course will primarily be on the U.S., although it will touch on the global context and students are welcome to explore rural health issues in other countries in some of their assignments.
PUBH 6765 - Continuous Quality Improvement: Methods and Techniques
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theory/practical applications of concepts, tools, techniques of continuous quality improvement (QI) in public health/health care.
PUBH 6803 - Conducting a Systematic Literature Review
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Project-based class to develop systematic review skills for evidence-based practice. Draws from AHRQ and Cochrane systematic review methodology; supported by examples from the Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center. Use for master?s thesis, dissertation, or to support research proposals. Prereq: research study design or epidemiology.
PUBH 6804 - Mental Health Policy
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Social-psychological processes that shape experience of mental health/illness. Consequences of disorders for individuals, families, and communities. Epidemiology research, theories of mental health/illness. Effect of policies related to organizing/financing services.
PUBH 6805 - Introduction to Project Management for Health Professionals
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Core concepts/skills for managing projects effectively, making sure they are completed on time, within budget, meeting performance objectives. prereq: Matriculation in master's program in School of Public Health, or instr consent
PUBH 6806 - Principles of Public Health Research
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Evaluation of public health research literature and planning for independent research projects. Formulation of research question, research design, sampling techniques, use of research concepts, and data analysis. Data collection techniques, including questionnaires, interviews, and data analysis. prereq: Pub hlth or grad or professional school student or instr consent
PUBH 6809 - Advanced Methods in Health Decision Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Methods applicable to issues of medical decision making. Analyses of environmental/safety decisions. How to apply methods at cutting-edge of clinical decision science. prereq: [6717 or intro course in decision analysis], some facility with mathematical notation/reasoning
PUBH 6810 - Survey Research Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theory/application of survey research in data collection. Sampling, item development, instrument design/administration to conduct survey or be aware of issues related to design/implementation. Identification of sources of error in survey research.
PUBH 6813 - Managing Electronic Health Information
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Managing health information is a central function of health care organizations. Information is used for managing population health, profiling providers, and measuring quality. This course describes relational data theory, normalization, and Structured Query Language (SQL) will be used to create and query databases. Students will be introduced to the basic programming skills necessary to manage data in research projects. Programming aspects of the course will use SQL procedure in the SAS language. prereq: Admission to a University of Minnesota Masters program or Permission of instructor.
PUBH 6815 - Community-based Participatory Research
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This introductory course is intended for junior faculty, post-docs, graduate students and community practitioners interested in adding CBPR to their repertoire of effective approaches to understanding and addressing social and health disparities. Topics will explore the purpose and applications of CBPR; partnership formation and maintenance; issues of power, trust, race, class, and social justice; conflict resolution; ethical issues; CBPR's relationship to cultural knowledge systems, and funding CBPR projects. This is NOT a methodology course. CBPR is an approach to conducting research that is amenable to a variety of research designs and methodologies and will NOT cover topics such as survey design, quantitative methods, qualitative methods, focus groups, community needs assessment procedures, etc.
PUBH 6819 - Qualitative Research Theory and Methods for Health and Health Services Research
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course is designed for graduate students who expect to use qualitative methods in their research and/or those who desire to expand their knowledge base with a deeper understanding of the types of qualitative methods and mixed methods being used in health and health services research today. The course gives students a broad overview of various data collection and analysis methods. The purpose of the course is to prepare students to conduct a variety of approaches or methodologies in qualitative research design and mixed methods suited to the health and health services research and health policy research questions they wish to pursue. PubH 6819 is intended for students interested in pursuing academic qualitative research and/or as a follow-up to an introductory course like PubH 6636 Qualitative research methods in public health practice.
PUBH 6832 - Economics of the Health Care System
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Examines applications of microeconomic principles to health care. Topics include health behaviors, demand for medical care, health care spending growth, insurance theory and selection issues, competition in health care markets, payment systems, physician behavior, technology and innovation, pharmaceutical pricing, and applications of behavioral economics to medicine.
PUBH 6845 - Using Demographic Data for Policy Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
How to pose researchable policy questions, locate existing data, turn data into a usable format, understand data documentation, analyze data, communicate findings according to standards of the professional policy community. Quantitative issues. prereq: [Grad level research methods course, basic statistics course] or instr consent
PUBH 6852 - Program Evaluation in Health and Mental Health Settings
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: PubH 6034/PubH 6852
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Understanding an evaluation study. Program evaluation. Applications to health and mental health settings. emphasizes public health.
PUBH 6855 - Medical Sociology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to common theoretical/empirical approaches used by sociologists to study health/illness. How content reflects social inequalities in health/illness. Social processes that shape experience of health/illness. prereq: [[Grad or professional school] student, previous experience with statistical software] or instr consent
PUBH 6862 - Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Government regulations. New technologies. Diagnosis/treatment protocols. Strengths, limitations, appropriateness of different approaches. prereq: instr consent; introductory econ course recommended
PUBH 6863 - Understanding Health Care Quality
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to assessing/assuring quality of care. Emphasizes both process and outcomes approaches, paralleling interest in appropriateness/effectiveness of care. Issues around creating needed behavioral changes.
PUBH 6864 - Conducting Health Outcomes Research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Major concepts/principles in conducting health outcomes research that evaluates medical care. Developing study designs matched to research questions. Frequently used study designs. Evaluating health outcomes. Analytical approaches. prereq: Introductory course in epidemiology or health services research methods or instr consent
PUBH 6556 - Health and Health Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
U.S. health care system and health policy process, including current challenges in the areas of health care delivery, financing, and policy.
PUBH 6724 - The Health Care System and Public Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Overview of health care delivery, finance systems within public health context. Components of health care system: financing, role of employers/public programs, health care delivery system, managed care. Collaborative interventions between managed care, public health. prereq: Public health or grad student or instr consent
PUBH 6735 - Principles of Health Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Course Equivalencies: PubH 6735/PubH 6835.
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the policy environment that influences and shapes public health and the provision of health care services, to enhance understanding of the historical and political context of health policy, to develop strategies for analysis of health policy issues, and to communicate effectively in the policy environment. Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for PubH 6835.
PUBH 8801 - Health Services Policy Analysis: Theory
Credits: 1.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Course introduces students to the research and theoretical aspects of health policy, to enhance understanding of of the equity, historical, and socio-cultural, and political context of health policy, to develop deep fluency in the health policy process and policy-relevant aspects of health services research. prereq: PubH: HSRPA major or instr consent
PUBH 8802 - Health Services Policy Analysis: Applications
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Emphasizes relationships between health services research/policy. Uses case studies to examine how research influences policy/vice versa.
PUBH 6717 - Decision Analysis for Health Care
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to methods/range of applications of decision analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis in health care technology assessment, medical decision making, and health resource allocation.
PUBH 6737 - Structural Racism and Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course offers an examination of U.S. health inequities from a historical lens and discussion of present-day issues. Through the readings, discussions, and assignments in this class, students will better understand historical policies, events, and movements that have led to health inequities and connect those to contemporary issues in the United States and within the field of public health. The course takes an intersectional perspective (to race, ethnicity, gender, and class) to examine health inequities, with a specific focus on inequities related to race and racism.
PUBH 6744 - State Health Policy and Politics
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Half semester. Federal health reform debate and debate over reinstating the MN General Assistance Medical Care program. Intergovernmental relationship between the federal and state governments in health policy and finance; role of state and local policy makers and policy advocates. Political context for state health policy development.
PUBH 6803 - Conducting a Systematic Literature Review
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Project-based class to develop systematic review skills for evidence-based practice. Draws from AHRQ and Cochrane systematic review methodology; supported by examples from the Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center. Use for master?s thesis, dissertation, or to support research proposals. Prereq: research study design or epidemiology.
PUBH 6804 - Mental Health Policy
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Social-psychological processes that shape experience of mental health/illness. Consequences of disorders for individuals, families, and communities. Epidemiology research, theories of mental health/illness. Effect of policies related to organizing/financing services.
PUBH 6809 - Advanced Methods in Health Decision Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Methods applicable to issues of medical decision making. Analyses of environmental/safety decisions. How to apply methods at cutting-edge of clinical decision science. prereq: [6717 or intro course in decision analysis], some facility with mathematical notation/reasoning
PUBH 6810 - Survey Research Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theory/application of survey research in data collection. Sampling, item development, instrument design/administration to conduct survey or be aware of issues related to design/implementation. Identification of sources of error in survey research.
PUBH 6815 - Community-based Participatory Research
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This introductory course is intended for junior faculty, post-docs, graduate students and community practitioners interested in adding CBPR to their repertoire of effective approaches to understanding and addressing social and health disparities. Topics will explore the purpose and applications of CBPR; partnership formation and maintenance; issues of power, trust, race, class, and social justice; conflict resolution; ethical issues; CBPR's relationship to cultural knowledge systems, and funding CBPR projects. This is NOT a methodology course. CBPR is an approach to conducting research that is amenable to a variety of research designs and methodologies and will NOT cover topics such as survey design, quantitative methods, qualitative methods, focus groups, community needs assessment procedures, etc.
PUBH 6832 - Economics of the Health Care System
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Examines applications of microeconomic principles to health care. Topics include health behaviors, demand for medical care, health care spending growth, insurance theory and selection issues, competition in health care markets, payment systems, physician behavior, technology and innovation, pharmaceutical pricing, and applications of behavioral economics to medicine.
PUBH 6845 - Using Demographic Data for Policy Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
How to pose researchable policy questions, locate existing data, turn data into a usable format, understand data documentation, analyze data, communicate findings according to standards of the professional policy community. Quantitative issues. prereq: [Grad level research methods course, basic statistics course] or instr consent
PUBH 6855 - Medical Sociology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to common theoretical/empirical approaches used by sociologists to study health/illness. How content reflects social inequalities in health/illness. Social processes that shape experience of health/illness. prereq: [[Grad or professional school] student, previous experience with statistical software] or instr consent
PUBH 6862 - Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Government regulations. New technologies. Diagnosis/treatment protocols. Strengths, limitations, appropriateness of different approaches. prereq: instr consent; introductory econ course recommended
PUBH 6863 - Understanding Health Care Quality
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to assessing/assuring quality of care. Emphasizes both process and outcomes approaches, paralleling interest in appropriateness/effectiveness of care. Issues around creating needed behavioral changes.
PUBH 6864 - Conducting Health Outcomes Research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Major concepts/principles in conducting health outcomes research that evaluates medical care. Developing study designs matched to research questions. Frequently used study designs. Evaluating health outcomes. Analytical approaches. prereq: Introductory course in epidemiology or health services research methods or instr consent
PUBH 8804 - Advanced Quantitative Methods Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Understand/competently use advanced quantitative methods in applied social science, policy, demographic research. Methods considered largely within or related to framework of regression analysis. Effort will be made to reflect interests of class. prereq: This is an advanced, doctoral-level course. Students are expected to have completed a full year of doctoral-level introductory statistical and/or econometric classes in their respective field prior to enrolling in this course (e.g., PubH 7401-2, ApEc8211-2, SOC 8801-8811). Exceptions may be granted with instr consent.
PUBH 8805 - Sociological Theory in Health Services Research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Overview of sociological theories in medical sociology, occupations/professions. Emphasizes teaching students how to apply theories to health/social phenomena of their own interest/choice.
PUBH 8810 - Research Studies in Health Care
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to philosophy of science, conceptual modeling, experimental design, survey/sample design, issues relevant to health services research. prereq: [Grad or professional school] student or instr consent
PUBH 8811 - Research Methods in Health Care
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Research methods commonly used in analysis of health services research and health policy problems. prereq: [8810, [grad or professional school] student] or instr consent
PUBH 8821 - Health Economics II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Examines application of microeconomic theory to health services research through selected reading from published and unpublished health economics literature. prereq: 8820 or instr consent
PUBH 6813 - Managing Electronic Health Information
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Managing health information is a central function of health care organizations. Information is used for managing population health, profiling providers, and measuring quality. This course describes relational data theory, normalization, and Structured Query Language (SQL) will be used to create and query databases. Students will be introduced to the basic programming skills necessary to manage data in research projects. Programming aspects of the course will use SQL procedure in the SAS language. prereq: Admission to a University of Minnesota Masters program or Permission of instructor.
PUBH 8813 - Measurement of Health-Related Social Factors
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
How social factors such as innovativeness, compliance, religiosity, and stress are measured and tested for reliability and validity. Relationships between theory, concepts, variables, data. prereq: Intro stat course, understanding of simple correlations or instr consent
PUBH 8816 - Implementation Science
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
A major focus of health research is the design of high quality interventions. However, whether and how these interventions are deployed successfully in clinical or community settings receives less attention. Given the extensive investment of time and resource in conducting health research, surprisingly few of these intervention innovations are ever "translated" to services, programs, or policies that benefit the lives of individuals, families, and communities. To address this challenge, implementation science has emerged as a set of theories and methodological approaches to enhance the translational process of evidence to practice. The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the key methodological considerations (theory, conceptualization, design, and analysis) when translating science to real world, everyday contexts using implementation science. Prerequisite: currently enrolled in a PhD program
PUBH 6832 - Economics of the Health Care System
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Examines applications of microeconomic principles to health care. Topics include health behaviors, demand for medical care, health care spending growth, insurance theory and selection issues, competition in health care markets, payment systems, physician behavior, technology and innovation, pharmaceutical pricing, and applications of behavioral economics to medicine.
PUBH 8821 - Health Economics II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Examines application of microeconomic theory to health services research through selected reading from published and unpublished health economics literature. prereq: 8820 or instr consent
PUBH 6862 - Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Government regulations. New technologies. Diagnosis/treatment protocols. Strengths, limitations, appropriateness of different approaches. prereq: instr consent; introductory econ course recommended
PUBH 8811 - Research Methods in Health Care
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Research methods commonly used in analysis of health services research and health policy problems. prereq: [8810, [grad or professional school] student] or instr consent
PUBH 6735 - Principles of Health Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Course Equivalencies: PubH 6735/PubH 6835.
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the policy environment that influences and shapes public health and the provision of health care services, to enhance understanding of the historical and political context of health policy, to develop strategies for analysis of health policy issues, and to communicate effectively in the policy environment. Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for PubH 6835.
PUBH 8801 - Health Services Policy Analysis: Theory
Credits: 1.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Course introduces students to the research and theoretical aspects of health policy, to enhance understanding of of the equity, historical, and socio-cultural, and political context of health policy, to develop deep fluency in the health policy process and policy-relevant aspects of health services research. prereq: PubH: HSRPA major or instr consent