Doctorate in Health Services Research


The purpose of the PhD program in Health Services Research in the Robbins Institute at Baylor University is to train researchers in cutting edge data analysis skills. The individuals completing the program will primarily work in large health systems and provide detailed and rigorous analysis that will help managers make decisions to improve the quality and/or lower the cost of health services delivered. MORE...


The PhD Program in Health Services Research is conducted as a collaboration between the Robbins Institute for Health Policy and Leadership at Baylor University and the Center for Clinical Effectiveness at the Baylor Scott & White Healthcare System. This partnership insures that PhD student research will focus on specific issues facing healthcare systems in the US. For details on the structure of the program and the relevant courses, click here.

The PhD program is also unusual among Health Services doctoral programs by virtue of its emphasis on economics and econometrics. The program is designed so that students may earn the Master of Science in Economics (MS-Eco) degree after two years. For more information on this focus, click here.

The Robbins Institute for Health Policy and Leadership is a member of the Business Alliance for Health Management (BAHM), a consortium of business-school healthcare programs at 17 leading universities.

BAHM journal: Health Management, Policy, and Innovation

Is This the Program for You?

Our program is highly selective, and most or all students receive considerable financial support. Admission with an offer of financial support typically requires a strong academic record — ideally with considerable training in Statistics, Mathematics, and Economics. If you have this background and a strong desire to acquire cutting-edge research skills and use them to improve health care delivery in the US and around the world, we encourage you to apply. For more information on our admissions processes, click here.

More About Our Faculty:


Program Director, Dr. Neil Fleming