University of Washington

Institutional Training Programs

Details on characteristics of the University of Washington program and its self-identified areas of research interest are described.


David Grembowski,  Ph.D. M.A.
Program Director
Department of Health Services
Box 357660, 1959 NE Pacific Street, H695
Seattle, WA 98195-7660

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Content Areas

  • Comparative Effectiveness Research.
  • Evaluative Sciences and Statistics.
  • Health Behavior and Health Promotion.
  • Health Economics.
  • Health Systems Research.
  • Population Health and Social Determinants.
  • Workers' Health.

Program Description

The goal of the pre-doctoral program in health health services research is to prepare research leaders to improve health in diverse populations by conducting interdisciplinary, collaborative studies and implementing the results in a rapidly changing health care and social-political environment.  Trainees gain substantive knowledge and develop methodological skills essential to carry out sound health services research and translate it into practice and policy. The Department of Health Services and the School of Pharmacy accomplish this goal by providing the program structure and by collaborating with the University of Washington (UW) Schools of Public Health, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and outside research partners.

Trainees in the Department of Health Services and the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program (PORPP) take core courses in their respective programs and select an area of emphasis targeted to their individual interests.

In the Department of Health Services, the pre-doctoral curriculum emphasizes the interaction of the biological, behavioral, organizational, societal and political factors on health with courses on the health care system, population health, and health policy. It provides rigorous interdisciplinary research methods in biostatistics, epidemiology, economics, and the behavioral sciences. The PORP Program offers training in health outcomes and policy research on health care technologies, with a focus on drugs, diagnostics, and devices. All trainees may complete a university-wide Certificate in Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER).

We guide trainees through the research process with strong mentorship and a structured research process. Each trainee receives mentorship from faculty experts, research teams, and peers to develop scholarship, grant writing and translational skills while conducting their individual research program. Trainees may develop their own research projects or choose a topic associated with multidisciplinary and integrated research projects across UW departments and with outside research partners, such as Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Veterans Health System, Group Health, and state and county public health departments. Typically, a student has written 2-3 papers and one grant by graduation.

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Page last reviewed October 2014
Page originally created October 2011
Internet Citation: University of Washington. Content last reviewed October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.