Become a health services educator, researcher or leader

Pursuing a doctoral degree in Health Services Research at the University of North Texas gives you a broad foundation in public health concerns, research and evaluation methods, and social policy analysis to meet the demands of a dynamic health services delivery environment.

Our faculty has a vast array of experience in a variety of health care delivery environments, and broad expertise in health care and health-related research and policy. The focus is on developing academic research scientists who are interested in contributing to the health services discipline through research, education and policy analysis.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Health care systems are ever-changing and under constant pressure to improve quality of care and outcomes its consumers. Leaders in the current health care delivery environment seek a broad-based graduate education that offers the opportunity to assume a leadership role in diverse health care delivery settings that serves a broader spectrum of the population.

This program provides a broad foundation in public health concerns, research and evaluation methods, and health and social policy analysis to meet the demands of a dynamic health services delivery environment. The Ph.D. program in Health Services Research (HLSR) provides opportunities for specialized expertise across several Concentration areas: Applied Gerontology, Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology, Behavioral Analysis, and Rehabilitation Science.

We have a core faculty that has a vast array of experience in a variety of health care delivery environments, and broad expertise in health care and health-related research and policy. The focus will be on developing academic research scientists who are interested in contributing to the health services discipline through research, education and policy analysis.

Graduates of the PhD Program in Health Services Research will be prepared to function as educators, researchers and leaders in health services. You may find future graduates working as university faculty; health research policy analysts with government and non-profit agencies; or as health systems administrators in the public or private industry. The degree program graduates will be prepared to address research, education, service delivery, and policy challenges requiring an interdisciplinary perspective across various service settings.

Application Process

Fall 2021 Application Deadline is January 11, 2021.

The UNT graduate application is a concurrent two-part process. All graduate applicants must apply to the Toulouse Graduate School as well as to the department where the graduate program is located. The application process is described below:


Step One

Apply to UNT

First, apply to the Toulouse Graduate School through the online Apply Texas application and pay the application fee.

Request Transcripts
Obtain your official transcripts from each college or university you attended. Contact each school and have the official transcripts mailed directly to:

University of North Texas
Toulouse Graduate School
1155 Union Circle, #305459
Denton, TX  76203-5017

Official GRE Scores
You will need to have official GRE scores sent to UNT (GRE scores should be no older than 5 years). The UNT School Code is 6481.

International Students
All international applicants to UNT must show proof of English language proficiency. More information is provided here

Step Two

Apply to the Health Services Research Ph.D. program

Admission to the PhD program is a holistic process that includes a broad assessment of the applicant's background and potential for success. You will therefore need to provide the following information:

Complete the program application

Submit the following:

Statement of Intent that includes:

    • Rationale for choosing the Health Services Research Ph.D. program
    • Your short and long-term career goals
    • Your qualifications and readiness for doctoral study, including research experiences and interests
    • Discuss a specific area in Health Services Research on which you would like to focus during your doctoral studies

Current resume

Sample of previous scholarly work (may include prior research papers, published articles, written work that demonstrates research abilities)

Submit three letters of recommendation
Letters should be from former professors and related professional supervisors that speak to your academic capability to be successful in a doctoral program. Must be submitted on appropriate letterhead with an original signature.

Letters should be e-mailed by recommenders to: hlsr-applications@unt.edu

Step Three

Interview
Completed applications received by the December 1 deadline are reviewed by an Admissions Committee and applicants may be asked to participate in an interview with faculty members as final step in the application process. Interviews are typically conducted in January, with offers of acceptance distributed by mid-February.

A second round of interviews may be held for students who apply after the December 1 deadline. Those interviews will be scheduled based on a review of the complete application.

Fall 2021 application deadline is December 1, 2020.

Proceed to Program Application

If you have any questions, please contact us at rhs@unt.edu

General Degree Requirements

The minimum program for the PhD with a major in health services research requires 51 hours beyond the master's degree.

Specific requirements include:

  • 18 semester hours in foundation core courses covering research methods and design, statistics, grant proposal writing and analysis and writing for publication.
  • 15 designated semester hours in the student's chosen concentration
  • 9 semester hours of approved electives
  • A minimum of 9 semester hours of dissertation

Prospective students should be aware that the HLSR PhD is a traditional on-campus program with most classes scheduled during regular business hours. If you have any questions, please email hsprogram@unt.edu.

Health Research Degree Concentrations

 

Applied Gerontology

This program is designed for the applied gerontology practitioner who is interested in making a contribution to the discipline through research, while maintaining their focus on active engagement with the aging population. In the current health care environment, the emphasis is on increasing quality, decreasing the cost of service delivery and on achieving positive, measurable outcomes that improve the health of seniors and that make services accessible and affordable. Practitioners experienced in the delivery of services for the aged are in the best position to identify opportunities for improvement and to conduct experience based research that will result in improved service delivery and improved outcomes. Courses in the concentration include:

AGER 6150 - Theories of Aging
AGER 6500 - Regulatory Strategies
AGER 6700 - Formal Organization of Aging Services
AGER 6740 - Advanced Social Gerontology
AGER 6800 - Social Policy and Aging

Rehabilitation Science

The mission of the PhD with a major in health services research and a concentration in rehabilitation science is to advance knowledge and research in the psychosocial impact of disability across the lifespan, well-being and health disparities. This program focuses on developing skilled researchers, educators and leaders to be at the forefront of knowledge translation on improving the overall quality of life of persons with disabilities. Graduates are expected to demonstrate advanced knowledge and skill in addressing critical areas of research, education, service delivery, clinical practice and/or policy.

RHAB 6700 - Professional Issues and Disability Policies
RHAB 6715 - Advanced Psychosocial Aspects of Disability Across the Lifespan
RHAB 6730 - Disability, Health and Functioning
RHAB 6740 - Measurement and Evaluation
An additional advanced course from the Rehabilitation Counseling program relevant to the students research area of interest and approved by their Faculty Advisor.

Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

The mission of the PhD with a major in health services research and a concentration in audiology and speech-language pathology (ASLP) is to prepare researchers, educators and leaders in the academic fields of audiology and speech-language pathology with an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration. This program focuses on developing competent researchers, educators and leaders to be at the forefront of knowledge for improving the overall quality of life of persons with speech, language and hearing disabilities. Graduates are expected to demonstrate advanced knowledge and technical expertise in addressing critical areas of research, education, service delivery, clinical practice and professional policy. Courses in the concentration include:

ASLP 6991 - Instrumentation in Speech and Hearing Sciences
ASLP 6992 - Advanced Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology of Communication, Audition and Vestibular Functions
ASLP 6993 - Advanced Topics in Audiology, Speech and Language
ASLP 6994 - Auditory and Language Processing in the Brain
ASLP 6995 - Communication and Communication Disorders Across the Life-Span

Behavior Analysis

The mission of the PhD with a major in health services research with a concentration in behavior analysis is to train the next generation of behavioral scientists and scientist-practitioners to work across disciplinary boundaries to expand scientific understanding and capability and to solve socially relevant problems. Within the behavior analysis concentration, students can focus on a variety of research and application areas such as populations with learning differences (Autism and Developmental Disorders), social justice, teaching sciences, animal behavior, behavioral neuroscience, and behavioral health and contingency management. The program relies on a junior-colleague model to develop world-class researchers, educators, and leaders inside and outside the academy. Courses in the concentration include:
BEHV 6010 - Survey of Literature in the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
BEHV 6020 - The Conceptual Basis of Radical Behaviorism
BEHV 6140 - Advanced Strategies and Tactics in Behavior Analytic Research
BEHV 6200 - Behavior Analysis from a Systems Perspective
BEHV 6410 - The Dissemination and Application of Behavior Analysis

Scholarships

Scholarships & more

The Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services in the College of Health and Public Service offers thousands in scholarships to students each year, including:

  • Cora A. Martin Scholarship
  • Rapoport/Friedsam Scholarship
  • Harry R. Kendall Scholarship

Your Academic Advisor

Graduate students are advised by department faculty. Program Director Denise Catalano can help connect you with potential faculty advisors based on your unique interests.


Denise Catalano, Ph.D., CRC
Chair of Rehabilitation and Health Services
  Denise.Catalano@unt.edu
 940-891-6893
  Chilton 218F

Rehabilitation and Health Services

the RHS mission is to prepare professionals to enhance the lives of diverse populations including the aging population, individuals with disabilities, substance use disorders and/or chronic health concerns through training in advanced research, education and service delivery, or clinical practice.

Our department is comprised of community engaged academics providing an education that reaches beyond the classroom.

 rhs.unt.edu
 rhs@unt.edu
 940.565.2488
 Chilton Hall 218