Northwestern University, Chicago

Institutional Training Programs

AHRQ funds 18 institutions which recruit and train predoctoral and/or postdoctoral health services researchers. Details on characteristics of the Northwestern University program and its self-identified areas of research interest are described.


Jane L. Holl, M.D., M.P.H.
Program Director
Institute for Healthcare Studies
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
750 North Lakeshore Drive, 10th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611

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Content Areas

  • Healthcare Equity.
  • Quality of Care.
  • Patient Safety.
  • Health Economics.
  • Communication in Healthcare.
  • Maternal and Child Health.
  • Long-term Care and Aging.
  • Priority Populations (older adults, persons with disabilities, chronically ill).

Program Description

The Northwestern University-UC Health Services Research Training Program (NU-UC HSR Program) is a collaborative postdoctoral training program offered by Northwestern University's Integrated Fellowship in Health Services and Outcomes Research and the University of Chicago's Postdoctoral Heath Services Research Training Program.

The Northwestern-University of Chicago Health Services Research Training program is a new collaboration that seeks to:

  1. Capitalize on the unique, yet, complementary training assets of the two institutions.
  2. Sustain the existing strengths and high quality outcomes of each institution's program.

The NU Integrated Fellowship, based at the Center for Healthcare Studies in the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) has faculty with research and mentorship expertise in Healthcare Quality and Safety Innovation, Healthcare Economics, Healthcare Equity, Maternal-Child Health, Healthcare Policy and Implementation, and Chronic Disease Care and Outcomes. In additional, through IPHAM, fellows have access to faculty research and mentorship expertise in Patient-Centered Outcomes, Community Health, Engineering and Health, Behavior and Health, Global Health, and Aging, Health and Society; additional key NU resources are the Biostatistical Collaboration Core, NU Bioinformatics Center, and well-established collaborations with numerous clinical departments (e.g., Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Surgery).

The UC Heath Services Research Training Program is a interdisciplinary collaboration between social sciences and the Biological Sciences Division (BSD). Faculty from economics, medicine, public policy, sociology, and psychology have expertise and offer mentorship to understand the determinants of health, the organization of health care systems, the quality of medical care in relation to the cost of care. Specific topics of research focus on hospitalist outcomes, health disparities, community health center quality improvement, obesity translational research, prevention of diabetes and depression, cost-effectiveness analysis, geriatric diabetes quality improvement, communication about prescription costs, ethics, and patient centered care.

While the NU and UC Programs will remain distinct, the collaboration will:

  1. Bring together a more diverse group of trainees.
  2. Offer trainees a broader array of potential faculty mentors.
  3. Expose trainees to the unique expertise offered at each institution.
  4. Provide a highly diverse array of clinical contexts for research.

Applicants will have a Ph.D. or M.D.

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Page last reviewed October 2014
Page originally created August 2008
Internet Citation: Northwestern University, Chicago. Content last reviewed October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.