University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Santa Monica

Institutional Training Programs

Details on characteristics of the University of California, Los Angeles, program and its self-identified areas of research interest are described.

Fielding School of Public Health


Thomas Rice, Ph.D.
Program Director and Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management
Fielding School of Public Health
University of California at Los Angeles
P.O. Box 951772
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772

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Content Areas

  • Quality and Outcomes Research.
  • Priority Populations (racial/ethnic minorities, low-income populations, HIV).
  • Managed Care Systems.
  • Cost and Cost-Effectiveness Research.
  • Financing of Care and Consumer Choice.
  • Evaluation of Health Care Delivery.

Program Description

This program is a collaboration between UCLA’s Department of Health Policy and Management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, RAND Health, the Schaeffer Center for Health Economics at the University of Southern California, and the Veterans Administration Center of Excellence for the Study of Healthcare Provider Behavior.  The primary goal of this collaboration, called the Los Angeles Area Health Services Research Training Program, is to provide comprehensive training and experience to highly-qualified pre- and postdoctoral trainees, so that they may effectively engage in, and eventually lead, research and implementation activities aimed at improving the quality and efficiency of the U.S. health care system. Taking advantage of the expertise of faculty and researchers–over three dozen of whom have agreed to be mentors–at these institutions as well as a track-record of community involvement in the Los Angeles area, the Training Program focuses on several key research topics in which the collaboration has particular expertise: health systems change; health equity; health services outside the clinic; implementation science; patient, provider, and organizational decisionmaking; and health outcomes measurement.

Pre-doctoral trainees will complete the Ph.D. curriculum and requirements in the UCLA Department of Health Policy and Management. The Ph.D. program in is designed to provide high-level methodological skills and applied training, with depth in study design and evaluation, statistics/econometrics, and applications to the health care sector. Moreover, each student is required to choose a cognate (examples include economics, sociology, public policy, organizational behavior, and health care outcomes research) in which they take additional courses that develop competencies in cognate-related theory, conceptual models and research methods.

The postdoctoral program will provide individualized training plans for postdoctoral trainees. Unlike many such programs in the sciences, trainees are not assigned to work on particular projects. Upon entry into the program, they meet individually with key faculty involved in the Training Program at the four collaborating institutions, so that they can learn about the opportunities in each institution and choose appropriate mentors

and projects. During their postdoctoral experience, they collaborate with the program’s faculty and researchers, develop their own research, submit journal articles, and write grant proposals to help facilitate their move to their next professional position.

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Page last reviewed October 2014
Page originally created October 2011
Internet Citation: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Santa Monica. Content last reviewed October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.
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