University of Rochester, Rochester, New York

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 Rochester program and its self-identified areas of research interest are described.

Department of Community and Preventive Medicine


Bruce Friedman, Ph.D.
University of Rochester
Department of Community and Preventive Medicine
601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 644
Rochester, NY 14642
Phone: (585) 273-2618

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Content Areas


  • Translating research into practice and policy.
  • Patient safety and quality.
  • Payments, markets, and organization.


  • Translating research into practice and policy.
  • Quality improvement.
  • Health care disparities.

AHRQ priority populations

  • Inner city, rural, low income, and minority populations.
  • Women, children, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities.
  • Persons who need chronic care or end-of-life care.

Program Description

The mission of the University of Rochester (UR) predoctoral and postdoctoral programs in Health Services Research and Policy is "to educate and train students to teach and conduct independent research into the organization, financing, delivery, quality and outcomes of health care services." The content of the training experience is consistent with AHRQ's mission, focusing on "developing individuals interested in producing and disseminating research useful to issues facing the U.S. health care system."

The predoctoral training program is broad, addressing all 8 Special Research Training Objectives identified by AHRQ, with special concentrations in translating research into practice and policy (TRIPP); patient quality; and payments, markets, and organization. The postdoctoral program focuses on TRIPP, quality improvement, and health care disparities. Our programs capitalize on 5 nationally renowned clinical departments with strong HSR components (Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Neurology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry), the NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the UR's unique Center for Community Health.

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Current as of October 2012
Internet Citation: University of Rochester, Rochester, New York: Institutional Training Programs. October 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.