Yale University, New Haven, CT

Institutional Training Programs

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

School of Public Health


Elizabeth Bradley, Ph.D.
Program Director
Division of Health Policy and Administration
Yale University
School of Public Health
60 College Street, Room 300 A
New Haven, CT 06520 

Web site: http://publichealth.yale.edu/hpm/curriculum/phd/predoc.aspx  

Content Areas

  • Organizational theory and management.
  • Decision theory.
  • Economics.
  • Policy and political analysis.
  • Quality of care and organizational learning.
  • Strategy and diffusion of innovations.
  • Implementation research.
  • Global health.
  • Mental health.
  • Aging and social determinants of health.
  • Public opinion and community benefit.

Program Description

The objective of the Yale training program is to develop independent investigators who advance the field of health services research and provide critical evidence for improving the functioning of our health care system. We have 4 pre-doctoral training slots and 2 post-doctoral training slots. 

Pre-doctoral trainees complete 2 years of courses prior to their dissertations; required courses are in health services research, statistics and methods, and an area of depth. The areas of depth include: 

  1. Political and policy analysis.
  2. Economic theory and application. 
  3. Organization theory and management. 

Trainees also complete a readings course as a capstone to the curriculum and participate in the required multidisciplinary seminar. We also include a Translating Research into Practice and Policy (TRIPP) experience, which is a 4-6 week time commitment (which will vary in time and placement as appropriate in individual cases) in which trainees become familiar with institutions and agencies that are central to the dissemination and translation of the trainee’s research into practice and policy. The TRIPP experience is planned collaboratively with the trainee, faculty advisor, and agency/organization and is designed to be pertinent to the trainees’ research and subsequent use of that research in practice and policy. 

Post-doctoral trainees, who have completed PhD or MD education, will be selected based on substantial previous research training and research goals consistent with ongoing faculty projects. The typical duration of the post-doctoral training is 2 years, with the focus on mentored research. Post-doctoral training will encompass 100% of their effort; post-doctoral trainees will have no other assigned duties at the University.

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Page last reviewed October 2014
Page originally created August 2008
Internet Citation: Yale University, New Haven, CT. Content last reviewed October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/funding/training-grants/grants/active/t32/T32-yale.html