University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

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 Texas Health Science Center program and its self-identified areas of research interest are described.

School of Health Information Sciences


Dean F. Sittig, Ph.D.
Program Director
School of Biomedical Sciences
The University of Texas Health Science Center
6410 Fannin, UPB 1100.13
Houston, TX 77030

Amy Jackson
Keck Center Assistant Director, Grant Programs
c/o Rice University
6100 Main St. MS-141
Houston, TX 77005

Program Web site:

Content Areas

  • Health Information Technology.
  • Human Factors Engineering.
  • Informatics.
  • Quality Improvement.
  • Research Design and Evaluation.
  • Human Centered Design.

Program Description

The purpose of this training program is to train future scientists to design, implement, select, and evaluate health information technology (Health IT) that increases the quality and safety of healthcare. We will achieve this goal by training scientists who can develop and apply human-centered methods and techniques to Health IT, drawing from research and methods in human factors engineering, quality improvement, information sciences, and related areas.

To prepare scientists to meet this challenge, trainees must intermingle two training experiences. The first gives a solid foundation in informatics, research design and evaluation, human-centered design, and quality improvement. The second offers trainees first-hand experience through research programs that give them the opportunity to put their didactic training to practice by working on Health IT that increases safety and quality of care.

The program will be managed through the W.M. Keck Center. Trainees may be enrolled at any of the following five Keck Center member universities participating in the proposal: The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, and The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Research opportunities are available at these universities and at several other Texas Medical Center institutions and Centers that have agreed to participate as research sites in the program. These include Memorial Hermann Health Care System, Memorial Hermann TIRR, and the VA Medical Center, among others. Participating Centers include the UT Center for Clinical Translational Science, the UT Medical School Memorial Hermann Center for Healthcare Quality and Safety, the Houston Center for Quality of Care and Utilization Studies, the Center of Inquiry to Improve Outpatient Safety through Effective Electronic Communication, and the UT Center for Health Promotion.

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Page last reviewed October 2012
Internet Citation: University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston: Institutional Training Programs. October 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.