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Concentration in Health Services Research Degree Overview

The Institute of Medicine defines health services research as “...a multidisciplinary field, both basic and applied, that examines the use, costs, quality, accessibility, delivery, organization, financing and outcomes of health care services to increase knowledge and understanding of the structure, process and effects of health services for individuals and populations.”  As a field of study within the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison program in Population Health, health services research is placed within the broader context of the biological, social, and economic determinants of population health.
The School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin - Madison offers M.S. and Ph.D. training in an exciting, interdisciplinary program in health sciences research.  The UW Population Health Graduate Program is the academic home to this unique graduate program with a concentration in health services research.  Our interdisciplinary approach prepares our students to be leaders in health-related careers by instilling strong methodological research skills together with understanding of basic biological, epidemiological, and health services constructs, with a population-based focus. Through coursework and research collaboration, we seek to train students to employ rigorous scientific and analytic methods to reduce the burden of morbidity and early mortality, to identify the most effective ways to prevent and treat diseases and disorders, and to promote population health.