The Vanderbilt Ph.D. in Health Policy Program is a full-time, residential, 72 credit-hour program with students admitted for the fall semester. Credits will encompass required methods curriculum, content-area courses, scientific writing, and ethics in health services research.

The degree requirements are completed over four years (eight academic terms) on a full-time basis.

In the first two years students will complete core coursework, including interdisciplinary courses according to their selected sequence in epidemiology, economics, or social sciences. Students will complete qualifying exams the end of their second year.

Students will participate in Health Policy seminar and focus on their dissertation research, along with pursuing other relevant research opportunities in years three and four. 
 

Year 1

Fall Spring
Epidemiology I (4) Regression Analysis I (3)
Statistical Methods in Education Research (3) Policy and Program Evaluation (4)
Health Policy I (3) Health Policy II (3)
Health Policy Research Seminar (1) Health Economics (3)
  Health Policy Research Seminar (1)

Year 2

Fall Spring
Regression Analysis II (3) Causal Inference (3)
Qualitative Methods (3) Administrative Data Research (3)
Principles of Biostatistics (4) Health Policy Independent Study (3)
Health Policy Research Seminar (1) Health Policy Research Seminar (1)

Year 3

Fall Spring
Proposal Writing  (3) Health Policy Research Seminar
Health Policy Research Seminar  Dissertation (3)
Dissertation (3)  

Year 4

Fall Spring
Health Policy Research Seminar Health Policy Research Seminar
Dissertation (3) Dissertation (3)

 

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