NRSA Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Training Fellowships in Health Services Research


The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in partnership with several academic departments offering doctoral-level training in fields related to health care research and policy analysis, is offering predoctoral and postdoctoral training opportunities for qualified candidates beginning each July. The program is supported by a National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Training Grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of the US Public Health Service, under the authority of Section 487 of the Public Health Service Act as amended (42USC289 1-1).

The Program welcomes applications from physicians, dentists, PharmDs and other postdoctoral trainees as well as predoctoral students already admitted to degree candidacy in the UNC-CH departments of Health Policy and Management, Epidemiology, Maternal and Child Health, Health Behavior, Biostatistics, Sociology, Nursing, Geography, Economics, Anthropology, Public Policy, Pharmacy, Political Science and School of Information and Library Science. Trainees will gain experience in applying research methods to the systematic analysis and evaluation of health care services and health policy issues. The emphases of the training program are the organization, financing, utilization, quality and evaluation of personal health care services and public policies for ensuring access to such services. An additional area of emphasis is comparative effectiveness research (CER). CER includes a broad range of studies comparing diagnostic, treatment and policy interventions. The potential study designs in CER include systematic review, observational studies of primary and secondary data, trials, policy interventions and dissemination and implementation studies.

The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research offers organized research programs in relation to the study of aging, disablement and long-term care; health workforce policies and programs; health care organization; medical practice and health care outcomes; child health services; health care economics and finance; health disparities; rural health care; health care engineering; mental health services; preventive health services; and heath policy analysis.

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