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Health Services Research, Policy, and Administration M.S.

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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, Fax: 612-624-4498)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 34
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Science
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The MS in Health Services Research, Policy & Administration is for people with an analytical focus who enjoy research and data-driven approaches to solving health care problems. Our program offers specializations that focus on health economics, access, quality, and social determinants of health, disparities, health policy, quality improvement, data science, analytics, and big data. We will accommodate your interests and fuel your passion. Use this degree to transition into practice or into a doctoral degree.
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.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
    • General Test - Verbal Reasoning: 153
    • General Test - Quantitative Reasoning: 144
    • General Test - Analytical Writing: 3.5
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 100
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 600
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 7.0
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
The preferred English language test is Test of English as Foreign Language.
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan B: Plan B requires 34 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. The final exam is oral. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project:There are two options for completing the master's project: 1) An industry-specific project where the student works on a project with a local organization and presents their findings. 2) Independent research conducted on a relevant topic of interest, with the guidance of the academic advisor.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Good math skills are essential. Previous coursework in algebra, statistics, or other quantitative coursework is recommended.
Required Curriculum (21 Credits)
Coursework (19 Credits)
Take at least 19 credits from the following list:
PUBH 6450 - Biostatistics I (4.0 cr)
PUBH 6451 - Biostatistics II (4.0 cr)
PUBH 6724 - The Health Care System and Public Health (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6250 - Foundations of Public Health (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6341 - Epidemiologic Methods I (3.0 cr)
or PUBH 6320 - Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6806 - Principles of Public Health Research (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 6864 - Conducting Health Outcomes Research (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6742 - Ethics in Public Health: Research and Policy (1.0 cr)
Plan B Project (2 Credits)
Take 2 Plan B project credits, in consultation with the advisor.
PUBH 7894 - MS in Health Services Research, Policy, and Administration Plan B Project (1.0-5.0 cr)
Specialization Areas (6 to 11 Credits)
Select one of the following specialization areas, or design and propose a specialization area in consultation with the advisor.
Cost Effectiveness (11 Credits)
Take the following specialization courses for 11 credits:
PUBH 6717 - Decision Analysis for Health Care (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6862 - Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6809 - Advanced Methods in Health Decision Science (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6832 - Economics of the Health Care System (3.0 cr)
or Health Care Quality Improvement/Operations Research (8 Credits)
Take the following specialization courses for 8 credits:
PUBH 6560 - Operations Research and Quality in Health Care (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6765 - Continuous Quality Improvement: Methods and Techniques (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6727 - Health Leadership and Effecting Change (2.0 cr)
or Health Services Research and Evaluation (6 Credits)
Take 6 credits of specialization courses from the following list:
PUBH 6717 - Decision Analysis for Health Care (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 6863 - Understanding Health Care Quality (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 6803 - Conducting a Systematic Literature Review (3.0 cr)
or PUBH 6810 - Survey Research Methods (3.0 cr)
or PUBH 6845 - Using Demographic Data for Policy Analysis (3.0 cr)
or PUBH 6852 - Program Evaluation in Health and Mental Health Settings (2.0 cr)
or Health Policy (9 Credits)
Take the following specialization courses for at least 9 credits:
PUBH 6078 - Public Health Policy as a Prevention Strategy (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6711 - Public Health Law (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6702 - Integrative Leadership Seminar (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6835 - Principles of Health Policy (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 8802 - Health Services Policy Analysis: Applications (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 6832 - Economics of the Health Care System (3.0 cr)
or PUBH 6555 - Topics in Health Economics (2.0 cr)
or Health Economics (6 Credits)
Take at least 6 specialization credits.
PUBH 6862 - Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6832 - Economics of the Health Care System (3.0 cr)
or PUBH 6555 - Topics in Health Economics (2.0 cr)
or Social Determinants of Health (6 Credits)
Take 6 credits of specialization courses from the following list:
PUBH 6055 - Social Inequalities in Health (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 6066 - Building Communities, Increasing Health: Preparing for Community Health Work (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 6675 - Women's Health (2.0 cr)
or CSPH 5115 - Cultural Awareness, Knowledge and Health (3.0 cr)
or PUBH 6855 - Medical Sociology (3.0 cr)
or PUBH 6634 - Children and Families: Public Health Policy and Advocacy (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 6804 - Community Mental Health (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 6078 - Public Health Policy as a Prevention Strategy (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 6627 - Sexuality Education: Criteria, Curricula, and Controversy (1.0 cr)
Joint- or Dual-degree Coursework:
JD/MS-HSRP&A Students may take a total of 8 credits in common among the academic programs.
 
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PUBH 6450 - Biostatistics I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Descriptive statistics. Gaussian probability models, point/interval estimation for means/proportions. Hypothesis testing, including t, chi-square, and nonparametric tests. Simple regression/correlation. ANOVA. Health science applications using output from statistical packages. prereq: [College-level algebra, health sciences grad student] or instr consent
PUBH 6451 - Biostatistics II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Two-way ANOVA, interactions, repeated measures, general linear models. Logistic regression for cohort and case-control studies. Loglinear models, contingency tables, Poisson regression, survival data, Kaplan-Meier methods, proportional hazards models. prereq: [PubH 6450 with grade of at least B, health sciences grad student] or instr consent
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 6250 - Foundations of Public Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
In this course we will examine values, contexts, principles, and frameworks of public health. We will provide an introduction to public health, consider the history of public health, social/political determinants, impact of health disparities on race, class and gender, moral and legal foundations, public health structures, historical trauma and cultural competence, health and human rights, advocacy and health equity, communication and financing, and the future of public health in the 21st century. Grounded in theory and concepts, we will incorporate core competencies and skills for public health professionals and will focus on developing problem solving and decision-making skills through critical analysis, reflection, case studies, readings, and paper assignments.
PUBH 6341 - Epidemiologic Methods I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02236 - PubH 6320PubH /6341
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to epidemiologic concepts and methods: (1) Study design (randomized trials and observational studies); (2) Measures of exposure-disease association; (3) Casual inference and bias; (4) Confounding and effect modification.
PUBH 6320 - Fundamentals of Epidemiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This course provides an understanding of basic methods and tools used by epidemiologists to study the health of populations.
PUBH 6806 - Principles of Public Health Research
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
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 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 6742 - Ethics in Public Health: Research and Policy
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to ethical issues in public health research/policy. Ethical analysis. Recognizing/analyzing moral issues. prereq: Public health [MPH or certificate] student or [clinical research MS or Environmental health [MS or PhD] or epidemiology PhD or [health services research, policy/admin [MS or PhD]] major or instr consent
PUBH 7894 - MS in Health Services Research, Policy, and Administration Plan B Project
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 10.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Plan B project. prereq: [Health Services Research, Policy/Administration] MS student
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 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 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 6832 - Economics of the Health Care System
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00293 - Econ 5890/PubH 5893
Typically offered: Every Fall
Development of traditional issues in health economics. Production of health, demand for health capital and health care, insurance theory and markets, managed care, pricing, physician's services, production and costs in health care institutions, role of government, cost effectivness analysis, reform. prereq: [[Grad or professional school] student, knowledge of [microeconomic analytical tools, analytical statistics]] 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 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 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 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 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 6803 - Conducting a Systematic Literature Review
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Developing skills built on evidence-based practice. Draws on staff of Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center. prereq: Basic knowledge of epidemiology
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 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: 02013
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 6078 - Public Health Policy as a Prevention Strategy
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Philosophical, ethical, economic, political, efficacy rationale for policy approach to prevention. Historical/current application of prevention policy to public health problems. prereq: 2nd yr MPH or public health MS student or [Epi, Biostats, Env Hlth, HSRPconcurrent registration is required (or allowed) in A PhD student] or instr consent
PUBH 6711 - Public Health Law
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Basic concepts of law, legislative process, and legal bases for existence/administration of public health programs. Legal aspects of current public health issues/controversies, regulatory role of government in health services system. prereq: Grad student or professional school student or instr consent
PUBH 6702 - Integrative Leadership Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Explore, investigate, discuss, develop basic concepts/practices for people/organizations associated with "integrative leadership". prereq: University of Minnesota doctoral student or master's student, Integrative Leadership minor
PUBH 6835 - Principles of Health Policy
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Social, political, and economic context within which U.S. health-care system developed. Influence of these contextual elements on public policies guiding/regulating organization/delivery of health services. prereq: [Pub hlth [MPH or certificate] or pub affairs MPA or healthcare admin MHA or [health serv research, policy/admin [MS or PhD]]] student or instr consent
PUBH 8802 - Health Services Policy Analysis: Applications
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Emphasizes relationships between health services research/policy. Uses case studies to examine how research influences policy/vice versa.
PUBH 6832 - Economics of the Health Care System
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00293 - Econ 5890/PubH 5893
Typically offered: Every Fall
Development of traditional issues in health economics. Production of health, demand for health capital and health care, insurance theory and markets, managed care, pricing, physician's services, production and costs in health care institutions, role of government, cost effectivness analysis, reform. prereq: [[Grad or professional school] student, knowledge of [microeconomic analytical tools, analytical statistics]] or instr consent
PUBH 6555 - Topics in Health Economics
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
General principles of health economics applied to issues in health. Implications for health policy.
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 6832 - Economics of the Health Care System
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00293 - Econ 5890/PubH 5893
Typically offered: Every Fall
Development of traditional issues in health economics. Production of health, demand for health capital and health care, insurance theory and markets, managed care, pricing, physician's services, production and costs in health care institutions, role of government, cost effectivness analysis, reform. prereq: [[Grad or professional school] student, knowledge of [microeconomic analytical tools, analytical statistics]] or instr consent
PUBH 6555 - Topics in Health Economics
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
General principles of health economics applied to issues in health. Implications for health policy.
PUBH 6055 - Social Inequalities in Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Extent and causes of social inequalities in health. Degree to which understanding of these inequalities is hampered by methodological limitations in health research. Focuses on individual, community, and policy approaches to reducing social inequalities in health.
PUBH 6066 - Building Communities, Increasing Health: Preparing for Community Health Work
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Taught with Powderhorn-Phillips Cultural Wellness Center. Introduction to community building/organizing. Using culture as a resource for health, reducing barriers, identifying community assets, planning organizing strategy, understanding the impact of history. Emphasizes self-reflection and skill-building for authentic, grassroots community work.
PUBH 6675 - Women's Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Programs, services, and policies that affect women's health in the United States. Methodological issues in research. Emphasizes social, economic, environmental, behavioral, and political factors. Measurement/interpretation of factors, how they translate into interventions, programs, and policies.
CSPH 5115 - Cultural Awareness, Knowledge and Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
How knowledge can become resource for individual, family, community health. Interactive glimpse of wisdom of cultural communities. Develop capacity to see culture within professional education/practice. Cultural constructs underpinning medical system, role of culture in interaction between practitioner/patient, role of reconnection to cultural heritage in healing. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student 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 6634 - Children and Families: Public Health Policy and Advocacy
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
The course will focus on how public policies at the federal, state and local level influence children's health. Students will develop practical skills to understand, analyze, communicate, and advocate on children’s policy issues. The course will include presentations and discussions with Minnesota's current leaders in children's health policy including legislators, advocates, and state commissioners. Instructor information: Lauren Gilchrist is the Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Mark Dayton. In this role, she works with commissioners, legislators, local government and stakeholders to advance health and human services policy issues for the state of Minnesota. She previously served as an advisor to the late Senator Ted Kennedy and Senator Al Franken.
PUBH 6804 - Community Mental Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
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 6078 - Public Health Policy as a Prevention Strategy
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Philosophical, ethical, economic, political, efficacy rationale for policy approach to prevention. Historical/current application of prevention policy to public health problems. prereq: 2nd yr MPH or public health MS student or [Epi, Biostats, Env Hlth, HSRPconcurrent registration is required (or allowed) in A PhD student] or instr consent
PUBH 6627 - Sexuality Education: Criteria, Curricula, and Controversy
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Issues and controversies affecting K-12 sexuality education. Current research and guidelines for effective, responsible education and curricula selection. Various curricula being used in the United States. Challenges in teaching sensitive issues inherent in sexuality education.