University of Pittsburgh

Institutional Training Programs

AHRQ funds 28 institutions which recruit and train predoctoral and/or postdoctoral health services researchers. Details on characteristics of the University of Pittsburgh program and its self-identified areas of research interest are described.

School of Medicine
Graduate School of Public Health
Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion
RAND-University of Pittsburgh Health Institute


Kevin L. Kraemer, M.D., M.Sc.
Program Director
Center for Research on Health Care
Division of General Internal Medicine
School of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh
230 McKee Place, Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA

Content Areas

  • Research Design.
  • Statistical Analysis.
  • Measurement.
  • Outcomes and Effectiveness.
  • Large Databases.
  • Health Care Finances and Organization.
  • Patient Safety.
  • Quality Improvement.

Program Description

This program provides a 2-year training experience in health services research for motivated, creative individuals with prior health professional or research doctorates. The program's objectives are to provide fellows with:

  1. Rigorous individualized didactic training in a comprehensive spectrum of health services research methodologies.
  2. A mentored health services research experience.
  3. The tools to develop and submit competitive health services research grant applications.
  4. Practical experience in collaborative work with stakeholder organizations.
  5. Training in the leadership and professional skills necessary to excel as health services researchers.

The didactic curriculum will cover research design, statistical analysis, measurement, outcomes and effectiveness, secondary analysis of large databases, health care finances and organization, advanced health services research topics, grant-writing, and research ethics. The program will maintain a network of partnerships with internal and community organizations which offer venues and resources to help fellows study important questions in health care delivery, patient safety, quality improvement, health policy, financing and organization, and disparity reduction and, importantly, give fellows experience collaborating with community stakeholders.

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Page last reviewed October 2012
Internet Citation: University of Pittsburgh: Institutional Training Programs. October 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.