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NextGen Training Program


Training Leading to a PhD Degree in Health Policy and Management


Program Overview


The PhD program in Health Policy and Management (HPM) is designed to provide fellows with the competencies, academic foundation, and research experience to become independent and creative health services/health policy researchers. All fellows take required courses in health services research, research design, quantitative methods and health policy. In addition, fellows develop expertise in a minor area. Current minors include decision sciences, economics, epidemiology, finance, health politics and policy, quality and access, and sociology/organization studies. The PhD-HPM program is an interdisciplinary research degree program housed within the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. The Department of Health Policy and Management provides one of the premiere public health and health management educations in the world. The department has consistently ranked as one of the top programs in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report. Most importantly, program graduates are making significant contributions in the field of health services research.

The primary objective of our NextGEN PhD Degree in Health Policy and Management is to train a cadre of oral health scientists interested in academic careers that focus on conducting policy analysis and health service research in a multidisciplinary setting. This program is ideally for individuals with a DDS/DMD, or equivalent or a DDS (or DMD) + specialty certificate, who seek to learn health services research methods.

The faculty in the Department of Health Policy and Management represent some of the top experts and authorities in the field. Known not only for a robust research program and first-rate teaching abilities, the faculty also represents a diversity of educational backgrounds and experience. There are over 40 full time faculty members with expertise ranging from decision sciences, economics, epidemiology, finance, health politics and policy, quality and access, and sociology/organization studies.

Core Curriculum Content


The Gillings School of Global Public Health PhD program in Health Policy and Management is designed to provide trainees with the competencies, academic foundation, and research experience to become independent and creative health services/health policy researchers. Trainees take required courses in health services research, research design, quantitative methods, and health policy. In addition, students develop expertise in a minor area. The minor area may be either disciplinary (e.g., economics, finance, health politics and policy, sociology and organizational studies) or interdisciplinary (e.g., decision science, quality and access). A list of faculty and more in-depth information on each minor can be found at our Web site.

Application Procedure


The PhD program in HPM is a joint venture between the Department of Health Policy and Management and the School of Dentistry. The “home” department for students in the program is the Department of Health Policy and Management in the SPH, which awards the PhD degree. For that reason, prospective fellows will apply to the program through the UNC Graduate School and indicate interest in the HPM program. Currently the deadline for applications is January 1 for entry the following Fall semester. Completed applications are forwarded to the registrar in the Department of Health Policy and Management, who screens them for completion and initial qualifications. Concurrently, applicants must complete a NextGen application.

Notification to accepted students is made sometime in March or April following submission of applications. The NextGen advisory committee will notify applicants regarding acceptance to the NextGen program during the same time period.

Detailed information on the HPM PhD application process can be found at:
http://www.sph.unc.edu/hpaa/phd_admissions_and_tuition_753_6494.html

For More Information, Contact:


Dr. Jessica Y. Lee

Dr. Jessica Y. Lee
Associate Professor
Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Koury Oral Health Sciences Building, Room 4501C, CB# 7450
School of Dentistry
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7450

Telephone: (919) 537-3271
Fax: (919) 966-7992
Email: leej@dentistry.unc.edu