In Our PhD program, which specializes in health economics, you will begin with core training in economic theory and econometrics, emphasizing microeconomic theory and microeconometrics.
The program offers a two-course field sequence in health economics as well as a course focusing on the institutional context of health, health care, and health insurance.
Importantly, you will also take Ph.D. minor courses in a field such as biostatistics, epidemiology, bioethics, or health policy, giving you the necessary background for working in the interdisciplinary teams with whom health economists often interact.
In addition to econometric theory, we will also offer a year-long empirical econometrics sequence, emphasizing statistical packages, working with large datasets, problems in applied econometrics and proposal writing.
Our program features strong disciplinary training in micro economic theory, econometrics, and health economics enhanced with exposure to other related disciplines central to health and health care.
For non-native English speakers who did not attend college in the U.S.
Applications will be viewed in their entirety wherein a candidate’s outstanding qualifications in one area can be balanced against more marginal qualifications in another dimension. However, admission is competitive and financial support even more competitive. Most of the students admitted and supported will exceed the minimal requirements.
The University also awards one-year University Fellowships to a highly select group of incoming PhD students. This Fellowship includes no work requirement. The University Fellowship stipend is $22,500 and, in addition to tuition and health insurance as above, includes a travel allowance for conference travel. Students that receive University Fellowships in their first year are awarded a Teaching or Research Assistantship in the subsequent four years at a stipend level of $22,000.
PhD Program Director
Department of Economics