PhD in Health Services Research
Baylor Business

PhD in Health Services Research

Become a thought leader in the healthcare profession.



The purpose of the PhD program in Health Services Research in the Hankamer School of Business 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. Why a Baylor PhD?


The PhD Program is unique among many health services and health policy oriented doctoral programs as it is designed with the inclusion of a Master of Science (MS) in Economics degree to be completed prior to entering the dissertation phase of the program. This component of the PhD curriculum reflects the strong emphasis on economic theory and empirical techniques to guide students' research.

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The Hankamer School of Business is also home to other health care-focused academic endeavors, including the Robbins Institute for Health Policy and Leadership, which supports the schools’ healthcare MBA program. Additionally, Baylor is a proud member of the Business School 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. Learn more about our admissions processes.

More About Our Faculty:


Program Directors

Dr. Michael Richards

Dr. Scott Cunningham