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HPM 200A - Health Systems Organization and Financing I & II

In this course, you will gain basic knowledge and understanding of key issues such as, public health and health services, comparative health systems, access to health care, racial and ethnic disparities in health care, etc. This course provides future health care policy analysts and researchers with the basic knowledge of health systems’ organization and financing.

Course Instructors

Jose Escarce, MD, PhD
Jose Escarce, MD, PhD
Robert Brook, MD, ScD
Robert Brook, MD, ScD
Nina Harawa, PhD, MPH
Nina Harawa, PhD, MPH

HPM 266AB - Community Based Health Participatory Research I & II

This course offers an approach to working with communities to improve health and health services in innovative partnered ways. Its design is structured to provide a main training in community partnered research methods in health.

Course Instructors

Kenneth Wells, MD, MPH
Kenneth Wells, MD, MPH
Anish Mahajan, MD, MSHS
Anish Mahajan, MD, MSHS
Armen Arevian, MD, PhD
Armen Arevian, MD, PhD
Bowen Chung, MD, MSHS
Bowen Chung, MD, MSHS
Felica Jones
Felica Jones

HPM 225A - Health Services Research Methodology I

This course covers health service research conceptualization, modeling, literature review, study design, sampling, surveys, data collection, and measurement and research ethics.

Course Instructors

Michael Ong, MD,PhD
Michael Ong, MD, PhD
Yusuke Tsugawa, MD, MPH,PhD
Yusuke Tsugawa, MD, MPH, PhD
Kimberly Narain, MD, PhD, MPH
Kimberly Narain, MD, PhD, MPH

Biostatistics 100A Review Course

This is an accelerated summer course that is meant to provide an overview of basic statistical methods for health services research and prepare students for subsequent graduate coursework in statistics.

Course Instructors

Lauren Wisk, PhD
Lauren Wisk, PhD
Nick Jackson, PhD
Nick Jackson, PhD
David Elashoff, PhD
David Elashoff, PhD

Leadership Seminar

Leadership seminars take place at least once a month, as scholars will develop their leadership skills and style through the “Solving For Why” curriculum, which focuses on introspection of personal values, strengths, and other aspects of leadership that are relevant in the fellow’s life and career trajectory. In addition, influential and accomplished speakers are brought in to give special seminars to scholars on an ad hoc basis.

Course Instructors

Jeff Weiss, PhD
Jeff Weiss, PhD
MarySue Heilemann, PhD, RN, FAAN
MarySue Heilemann, PhD, RN, FAAN
Michael Langberg, MD, FACP
Michael Langberg, MD, FACP

Survey Design Seminar

This course familiarizes students with basics of instrument design. Each session includes a lecture, discussion and interactive work on the questionnaires the students are designing.

Course Instructors

Sandra Berry, MA
Sandra Berry, MA

Qualitative Methods Seminar

This seminar is composed of five sessions in which students are guided on the topics pertaining to Selection Research Questions & Developing Frameworks and Developing Protocols. In addition, students review Interviewing Skills, Data Management, and Data Analysis and Write-Up. These topics impart skill and knowledge, which can be applied to scholar research projects.

Course Instructors

Gery Ryan, PhD, MA
Gery Ryan, PhD, MA

Implementation Science Seminar

This seminar introduces fellows to improvement concepts in preparation for HPM 215B (“Applied Methods for Improvement/Implementation Science”) and serves as a prerequisite in the implementation science track. Fellows develop a working knowledge of quality improvement and analytic tools and methods. In addition, fellows are provided practical advice that can be applied in their own improvement project work.

Course Instructors

Moira Inkelas, PhD, MPH
Moira Inkelas, PhD, MPH

Medical Writing Seminar

The course is a workshop for academic physicians and researchers who wish to improve their writing and editorial skills for various professional contexts; it will alert them to writing problems in the medical writing field generally and in their own work specifically, and it will give them the background for dealing with the same problems in their students’ writing.

Course Instructors

Robert Bjork, PhD
Robert Bjork, PhD

Journal Club

Journal Club, held several times a quarter, is a forum for fellows present one or more articles, papers, or studies from academic literature within their field or other academic and scientific areas of interest. Presentation of the material is followed by group discussion in which students are challenged to critically evaluate and analyze the material. In addition, students may present supplemental material to further demonstrate the breadth and context of the topic for themselves and students outside their discipline. Journal Club is facilitated by Drs. Robert H. Brook and Kristen Choi as well as opportunities to invite guest faculty.

Course Instructors

Robert Brook
Robert Brook, MD, ScD
Kristen Choi
Kristen Choi