Institutional Training Programs (T32s)
University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill
Sheps Center for Health Services Research
Timothy S. Carey, M.D., M.P.H.
Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Training Program
Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
725 Airport Road, Campus Box 7590
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7590
Web site: http://www.shepscenter.unc.edu
- Health Behavior and Education.
- Health Policy Analysis.
- Maternal and Child Health.
- Dental Health.
- Health Disparities Research.
- Organization and Delivery of Health Care.
- Primary Care and the Health Professions.
- Rural Health Care.
- Priority Populations (rural, women, and children).
- Aging, Disablement, and Long-term Care.
- Medical Practice and Prevention.
- Evidence-based Practice and Comparative Effectiveness Research.
- Women's Health.
This is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary predoctoral and multidisciplinary postdoctoral training program.
The predoctoral program invites applications from advanced doctoral candidates in any of 10 academic departments of the UNC School of Public Health (Health Policy and Administration; Epidemiology; Biostatistics; Health Behavior and Health Education; and Maternal and Child Health) or from the Division of Academic Affairs (Economics; Sociology; Political Science; Geography; Information and Library Science; or Anthropology) or doctoral programs in the UNC School of Pharmacy. Predoctoral students are accepted into the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-supported program only after having been admitted to their UNC departments for a Ph.D. or Dr. P.H. degree; most are in the penultimate year of their doctoral degree programs with a dissertation topic already selected that addresses a question of importance to health services research. Interdisciplinary grounding in tools and topics in health services research are provided these students. AHRQ funds are used generally to support students for a 1- to 2-year period.
Postdoctoral candidates can be persons with either the Ph.D. or Dr.P.H. degree in a relevant discipline or a person with a doctoral degree in one of the clinical health professions (preferably medicine or dentistry) and a serious commitment to a career in health services research.
Sheps Center affiliated faculty mentor all fellows on a regular basis. Core faculty of the fellowship include Drs. Morris Weinberger of the Department of Health Policy and Administration, Dr. Bob Konrad of the Department of Health Policy and Social Medicine, Dr. Mark Holmes of the Sheps Center and the NC Institute of Medicine; Dr. Kathleen Thomas of the Sheps Center Program on Mental Health and Dr. Jim Bader of the School of Dentistry. In addition to research methods, the program also focuses on career development, grant and scientific writing skills, and ethical issues in health services research.
All trainees are required to participate in a year-long weekly seminar involving students and faculty. In addition, trainees are expected to be involved in at least one ongoing health services research project in connection with the Sheps Center for Health Services Research (or with faculty from one of the collaborating academic departments). Upon completion of the training program, both predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees will have gained a generalized background in contemporary health policy issues, the historical significance of these issues, a solid understanding of the most common statistical and study design methods applicable to health services research and policy analysis, a set of materials to use as supporting references in their own work, experience in the design and conduct of interdisciplinary health services research under the supervision of at least one mentor with expertise in relation to the subject and methods being used, and to have submitted several papers for publication. Students also have the experience of presenting their work at a professional meeting.
Current as of August 2008
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