Health services research is a multidisciplinary field of scientific investigation that examines the uses, costs, quality, accessibility, delivery, organization, financing and health outcomes of healthcare systems in the U.S. and elsewhere. Health services researchers investigate and interpret the complexities of healthcare systems. In particular, they study how social factors, financing systems, organizational structures and processes, health technologies, and individual and group behaviors affect access, cost and quality of care. The research domains of health services research center on groups, organizations, institutions, communities and populations. The purpose of the PhD in Health Policy and Management is to prepare high-level health services researchers for careers in academic settings or in public and private organizations where advanced research and analytic skills are required. The doctoral program is a post-master’s program in health services research consisting of 3 stages. An additional set of prerequisite courses representing 6 core areas of health policy and management and graduate-level statistics must be completed before entering the program. The program, including dissertation, is designed to be completed in a minimum of 4 academic years. Students are expected to maintain continuous, full-time enrollment.