Ph.D. Curriculum | Health Outcomes and Implementation Science

The Ph.D. in Medical Sciences with a concentration in Health Outcomes and Implementation Science is a minimum 90-credit-hour degree program, with 46-50 credits devoted to coursework, outlined below.

The curriculum for Ph.D. in Medical with a concentration in Health Outcomes and Implementation Science is comprised of:

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Core Courses

Ph.D. students in the HOIS concentration must complete all five core courses.

Core Courses | 5 Courses (15 Credits)

Course title credits
GMS 6822 Measuring and Analyzing Health Outcomes 3 Letter-grade
GMS 6851 Fundamentals of Dissemination and Implementation Research 3 Letter-grade
GMS 6885 Translational Health Research Design 3 Letter-grade
GMS 7906 Grant Writing for Health Outcomes Studies 2 Letter-grade
GMS 7887 HOBI PhD Research Seminar (2 credit/summer semesters during years 1 and 2) 4 S/U

Research Rigor and Ethics

Ph.D. students in the HOIS concentration must complete both research rigor and ethics courses.

Research Rigor and Ethics | 2 Courses (2 credits)

course title credits
GMS 7877 Responsible Conduct of Biomedical Research 1 Letter-grade
GMS 6848 Ensuring Rigor and Reproducibility in Clinical and Translational Research 1 Letter-grade

Statistics

Ph.D. students in the HOIS concentration must complete two statistics courses.

Statistics Courses | 2 Courses (6 credits)

course title credits
PHC 6052 or STA 6166 Applied Biostatistics I or Statistical Methods in Research I 3 Letter-grade
PHC 6053 or STA 6167 Applied Biostatistics II or Statistical Methods in Research II 3 Letter-grade

Methods

Ph.D. students in the HOIS concentration must complete four methods courses from the options below.

Methods | 4 Courses

course title credits
GMS 6829 Longitudinal Research Design* 2 Letter-grade
GMS 6832 Economic Methods for Evaluating Value in Health Care 3 Letter-grade
GMS 6844 Time Series and Quasi-Experimental Design for Health Outcomes Research* 2 Letter-grade
GMS 6813 Pragmatic Clinical Trials 3 Letter-grade
GMS 6846 Meta-Analysis in Clinical, Health Services Research & Public Health 2 Letter-grade
GMS 6803 Data Science in Clinical Research 3 Letter-grade
GMS 6850 Foundations of Biomedical Informatics 3 Letter-grade
PHC 6020 or PHC 6022 Clinical Trial Methods or Design & Conduct of Clinical Trials 3 Letter-grade

* These courses are not currently being taught but substitutions are available.

Health Outcomes

Ph.D. students in the HOIS concentration must complete one health outcomes course.

Health Outcomes Courses | 1 Course

course title credits
GMS 6833 Health Outcomes Research in Vulnerable Populations 3 Letter-grade
GMS 6835 Health Outcomes Research in Children* 3 Letter-grade
GMS 6812 Health Outcomes Research in Cancer 3 Letter-grade
GMS 6802 Health Outcomes Research in Chronic Diseases* 3 Letter-grade

* These courses are not currently being taught but substitutions are available.

Implementation Science Foundations

Implementation Science Foundations Courses (Minimum 3 credits)

COURSE TITLE CREDITS
GMS 6852 Community Engaged Research for Clinical Effectiveness and Implementation Science Studies 2 Letter-grade
GMS 6836 Foundations of Learning Health System Research 1 S/U
GMS 6853 Improvement and Implementation Science in the Learning Health System 3 Letter-grade

Advanced Electives (9 Credits)

These credits are negotiated with a student’s mentor.

Research Credits

PhD students in the Health Outcomes and Implementation Science track will complete a minimum of 40 credits of independent research study. GMS 7979 Advanced Research can be taken after completion of the student’s core courses, and in the summer semesters if needed.

After the preliminary exams, students may also register for GMS 7979 Advanced Research until successful defense of their dissertation proposal. GMS 7980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation must be taken after a student successfully defends their proposal and must be taken continuously until graduation. More information on these requirements are available in the HOBI Student Handbook.

Research Credits | 40-50 credits

course title credits
GMS 7979 & GMS 7980 Advanced Research/Research for Doctoral Dissertation 40-44 S/U

Total: 90 credits