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For Prospective Students

The Ph.D. in Health Systems and Policy (HS&P) is intended for students who have an interest in health systems and policy. The program is distinguished by a focus on systems thinking, the dedicated and knowledgeable research faculty, and its location in Portland, Oregon.  Students are introduced through coursework to the fundamentals of public health and health systems.

Students may draw broadly from accomplished faculty within the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government and a number of partners across PSU such as the School of Community Health, the Department of Sociology, and the School of Social Work, as well as with community partners such as OHSU and the Oregon Health Authority.
Portland, Oregon is well situated for those interested in pursuing studies in health systems and policy.  Oregon is a pioneering state in implementing the health systems transformation driven by federal health reform and the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Oregon has made a commitment to achieving the Triple Aim of improved individual experience of care, improved population health, and reduced health services costs while ensuring quality care.  These reforms are transforming how health services are delivered and place considerable emphasis on community-level health improvement.  HS&P core faculty are involved in state and nationally-funded research projects studying health systems transformation, offering rich opportunities for student learning, research assistant positions, and doctoral dissertation topics.

The HS&P program works with students seeking funding, either by providing them with program funding through graduate research and/or teaching assistantships or by helping them to identify funding outside the program. 

Students obtaining a doctoral degree through HS&P can look forward to rich careers as researchers, teachers, university faculty, or policy analysts.  Students interested in the HS&P program are encouraged to arrange a campus visit through the Office of Graduate Studies at PSU or directly with the Program Director, Dr. Sherril Gelmon.