Institutional Training Programs (T32s)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
School of Public Health
Richard A. Hirth, Ph.D.
Department of Health Management & Policy
School of Public Health
109 South Observatory
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029
Phone: (734) 936-1306
Web site: http://www.sph.umich.edu/hmp/programs
- Primary Care, including Practice-based Research.
- Appropriateness and Effectiveness of Alternative Treatments (outcomes research).
- Factors Affecting Dissemination of Health Care Technology Information.
- Organization of Health Care (including managed care).
- Health Care Financing.
- Application of Medical Informatics.
- Medical Malpractice and Liability.
- Access, Utilization, and Quality of Health Care for Priority Populations (rural populations,
low-income groups, minorities, older adults, HIV population).
- Cost-Effectiveness and Cost-Benefit Analyses.
- Alternative Delivery System Providers.
- Quality of Care.
- Public Health Genetics.
- Aging and Long-term Care.
- Population-Based Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
- Tobacco Control Policy.
- Applied and Policy Research.
This is a multidisciplinary predoctoral program that trains scholars for research careers in health services research, with a focus on addressing a broad range of key (primarily applied and policy research-oriented) problems in the field. Trainees are provided conceptual and analytic skills required to address a broad range of health services issues. The program is supported through the organizational and administrative resources of the School of Public Health, and Department of Health Management and Policy, in collaboration with disciplinary departments across the University of Michigan.
The traineeship experience includes coursework in health services concepts and issues and health services research methods; active involvement in ongoing research programs; participation in seminars and professional conferences; and structured interchange across disciplines and occupations. The training experience provides students with rigorous health services training, knowledge of the special issues of contemporary health services research, and a specific research program to guide their future work. As a result of their training experience, predoctoral students develop skills in disciplinary areas and health services content and methods; Integrative activities in which all students participate include two core courses in health and health services offered in the Department of Health Services Management and Policy; a health services research seminar series (at which faculty and students present their research); and a research practicum and seminar (at which students learn to develop research proposals for external support).
The program is primarily housed in the Department of Health Management and Policy's Doctoral Program in Health Services Organization and Policy in the School of Public Health. The typical 5-year doctoral program supports students from AHRQ funds for the first 1 or 2 years. Subsequent to this, support is provided through funded research under the supervision of faculty in the form of research (and sometimes) teaching assistantships. Students participate in multidisciplinary training in research methods and health services research but also select a disciplinary-specific cognate in which they gain Master's-level proficiency as part of their training. Potential cognate areas include economics, sociology/organization studies, political science, operations research/information science, finance, or interdisciplinary studies. Trainees may also elect to take one or more summer institute courses in various aspects of methodology. Often a student's dissertation is an outgrowth of faculty-sponsored research. In addition, students complete a predissertation research project and are encouraged to co-author at least one publication with a faculty mentor.
Current as of August 2008
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Institutional Training Programs (T32s): University of Michigan. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/fund/training/T32-mich.htm