Health Services and Outcomes Research
The Ph.D. program in Health Services and Outcomes Research emphasizes population-based, health services delivery, outcomes and policy research.
Health services research examines how people get access to healthcare, how much care costs and what happens to patients as a result of this care. The main goals of health services research are to identify the most effective ways to organize, manage, finance, and deliver high-quality care; reduce medical errors; and improve patient safety. (AHRQ, 2002)
Outcomes research refers to the scientific design, data collection and analysis of the end results of medical care. It focuses on quality, cost-effectiveness and the effect of treatment on quality of life in patients. Outcomes research evaluates the effectiveness of health interventions through changes in outcomes such as improvements in patient functional status, satisfaction with care and mortality. Evaluating the intended and unintended consequences of health policies is also outcomes research.
Data collected from outcomes research provide patients, healthcare providers and payers of health services information about what does and does not work in real life settings. Areas of training include: health services research, pharmacoeconomics, pharmacoepidemiology, health behavior and risk and patient reported outcomes.
Financial support: A tuition waiver, annual stipend of $25,000 and health insurance is provided competitively to full-time students.
Average time to graduation: 4 to 5 years
Program Application RequirementsResume/CV, Statement of Purpose, 3 Letters of recommendation
Graduate Program Application Requirements
A professional degree in Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), Medicine (M.D.), or a Master's degree in pharmacy administration. Students with a Master’s degree in related fields such as epidemiology, public health or healthcare administration are encouraged to apply. Students with a Master’s degree in related fields such as marketing, management, economics, psychology or sociology with a demonstrated interest or experience in healthcare may also apply. Outstanding students with a B.S. in pharmacy or pharmaceutical sciences may be considered for direct admission into the Doctoral program.
Program Application Test RequirementsGRE
Fall DeadlineFebruary 1
Spring DeadlineDo Not Admit
Summer DeadlineDo Not Admit
English Proficiency Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.